Newcastle United insiders are denying claims of a bust-up between manager Alan Pardew and Moussa Sissoko.

The Daily Star says Pardew held an inquest into the Liverpool debacle before training yesterday and stressed how important it is the squad presents a united front in the days ahead.

He is aware that many fans are pointing the finger at the club's French brigade, many of whom appeared to give up against Liverpool.

Club sources last night denied claims that Sissoko had stormed out of training early.