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Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew feels that his men should try and emulate Liverpool.
The Magpies struggled throughout the 2012-13 campaign, finishing 16th in the league after only winning two away games. He feels their realistic target is to improve much like Brendan Rodgers’ men.
Liverpool finished seventh in the table, one better than in the previous campaign. In their recent battle at St. James’ Park, the Reds thrashed Pardew’s men 6-0.
Pardew feels that injuries played a big role in that game, and throughout the season and they must strive to be better.
“We need to strengthen. Even with our best team out I think we would have finished below Liverpool,” he said.
“And we want to threaten them – so we need to improve.”
In the Europa League, Newcastle reached the quarterfinal of the competition. However, they only managed to avoid relegation in the Premier League with one game remaining in their season.
“It is a difficult league. We could have finished in the top 11,” Pardew claimed.
“If you’d have said that at the start of the season, and getting to the last eight of the Europa League, you’d have said it was OK.
“It is just the way we got there was unsavoury, and some of the performances.”