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Alan Pardew: 'We must dictate game'

Alan Pardew: 'We must dictate game'

The sides meet at St James' Park on Saturday, with the hosts out to avenge a 6-0 drubbing in the same fixture last season.

Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez have formed a formidable partnership so far this term for Brendan Rodgers' side - but Pardew is confident his side can carry menace of their own.

"There will be two different formations on the pitch and that will be important," Pardew said. "Liverpool will want to dictate with their formation and the most important thing for us is that we dictate.

"Liverpool carry a threat in front of you and in behind, which is the best threat you can have.

"If you defend deep against them, they pick it up short and particularly Suarez starts running at you and causes you all sorts of problems, yet if you play a high line, then Sturridge's pace is a problem in behind.

"But our offensive players, if they can get Liverpool on the back foot, then we can have some success.

"Loic (Remy) has been called into the French squad and he has had a little taster there, so it's been a great start to the season for him, and that's been on his performances - and strong performances - for us.

"Not only his goals, but his all-round performance has been solid, so he has been a big player for us so far.

"I'd like to think (last season's result) puts fire in your belly because that's what it should do."

Saturday's game will be played against the back-drop of a march organised by

Time 4 Change, an umbrella group of fans, to protest against owner Mike Ashley's continued tenure.

But Pardew added: "We just want to concentrate on the game, that's what we want to do. That's all I can focus on and that's what, internally, we will do."

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