Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is convinced about the quality of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

Pardew has given his endorsement to Yanga-Mbiwa after Fabio Coloccini's injury and believes he can blunt Liverpool's attacking duo Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez on Saturday.

He said: "The most important thing is his response on the pitch, but his response in training has been very good.

"Sometimes you need to come out to have a little breather. You could perhaps say his chance has come early, with Colo's injury, to come back in, so it will be interesting, his performance.

"I hope - I really hope because he's a terrific person - that he puts in great display on Saturday."

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