Newcastle boss Pardew would love to finish above Liverpool

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew would love to finish above Liverpool this season.

Newcastle go into today’s Liverpool showdown at St James’ Park with an eight-point lead over Kenny Dalglish’s side. But Pardew admits he would be happy with a draw.

He said: “To finish above them, I have to tell you, the wine will taste nice in the ­summer. But that’s not going to be easy ­because their run-in is much smoother than ours.

“I think it’s very important we don’t lose. If somebody said, ‘Would you take a draw?’ I would.

“But we will be trying to win for our fans, who are really up for it, and our stadium will be rocking.

“It might be a high-scoring game with the players on the pitch. If I have to suffer a 5-4 victory, I will have to take it!’’

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