Rodgers insists Liverpool won't underestimate Newcastle
The Toon Army are currently in 16th position in the Barclays Premier League - though Rodgers is well aware they have plenty of players who can pose a threat to the Reds.
"Alan and the team will be very disappointed with this season, having finished fifth last year," he said.
"But one thing we know is they've got quality - Cisse, Cabaye and Sissoko who has come in. The January window worked really, really well for Alan. They brought in some terrific players and that has given them a boost.
"We understand it will be a difficult game, but if we show the intensity we did in the second half [against Chelsea] when we played really, really well - and could have arguably gone on and won the game - we'll always back ourselves to get a good result."