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Newcastle will look to follow up last weekend's 3-0 win over Cardiff City with another victory to end the season, but their trip to face title challenging Liverpool looks a tough one. Manager Alan Pardew knows that the Magpies will be up against it at Anfield, but also said he wanted to emulate Chelsea's gameplan against Brendan Rodgers' side.
“We need to make sure that we stay in the game and try and get a lead like Chelsea and see it through. It is a tough call. It is a big game for the Premier League and it is a big game for us, we need to be right. As much as we are pleased, we have got a week’s work left and it is an important week.”
One of the goalscorers on Saturday was long serving striker Shola Ameobi, and whilst the Nigerian is still seeking to land a new contract to stay on Tyneside for even longer, his recent form has resulted in a call up to Nigeria's preliminary 30-man squad for the World Cup in Brazil this summer.
Ameobi, 32, has two goals in five caps for Nigeria, and with Dynamo Kiev striker Ideye Brown out of the squad, Ameobi now has a great chance of making it into manager Stephen Keshi's final squad for the tournament.
Meanwhile, Magpies boss Pardew will be looking to put fan protests to the back of his mind this summer as he embarks on the tricky challenge of improving a Newcastle side that lost six consecutive games before the much needed win over Cardiff last weekend.
One of the names linked with a move to the North East is Tottenham winger Andros Townsend, who has been ruled out of the World Cup through injury. The 22-year-old started the season in fine form but has tailed off as the campaign has gone on, and could look to leave White Hart Lane in search of regular first team football, which has prompted interest from Pardew with Frenchman Hatem Ben Arfa poised to leave the club this summer.