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STATS European Editor

(AP) -- Newcastle will be looking to avenge one of the most embarrassing results in the club's history as they welcome Liverpool back to Tyneside on Saturday.

Liverpool ran out 6-0 winners at St. James' Park last season, the largest margin of defeat in a home league match for the Magpies since 1925. Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson scored twice, while Fabio Borini and Daniel Agger also found the net for the Reds.

The Magpies were jeered off the pitch at the end of the match by disgruntled fans, and manager Alan Pardew admitted his players deserved what they got from their supporters.

"They had every right to boo," said after the match Pardew. "That performance was just not good enough."

This season, Newcastle (3-1-3) have struggled for consistency in the Premier League, while Liverpool (5-1-1) have emerged as genuine title contenders.

Newcastle got back to winning ways after back-to-back defeats when they won 2-1 at Cardiff City on Oct. 5, with France striker Loic Remy scoring both goals for the Magpies.

Remy, who moved to St James' Park in the summer on a season-long loan from relegated Queens Park Rangers, has scored five times in just four starts for the Magpies and insists he can do even better.

"I have to keep going like this and to do the best every game," the 25-year-old Remy told the team's official website. "I'm a striker and sometimes one or two goals is not enough for me or the team. The more I can score, the better."

The Magpies, who are 11th in the table with 10 points from seven matches, have won only one of their last six top-flight matches played at St James' Park.

Liverpool recorded back-to-back wins before the international break and have a taken 16 points from seven matches - the same as Arsenal, who top the table above the Merseysiders only on goals scored.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers will have fit-again trio Glen Johnson, Joe Allen and Aly Cissokho available, while Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva also returns after a one-match suspension.

"We'll arrive with our strongest squad of the season against Newcastle," said Rodgers. "They haven't played games, but they've been training now for the last few weeks. Glen Johnson will be back. Joe Allen will be back. Cissokho will be back. As I said, this will be the strongest available squad we've had this season.

"Lucas will come back into the squad. He's another player who has shown his worth and he's got himself back into the Brazil squad. We've got a number of players here who are developing and improving in their careers, and he's one of them."

Newcastle will be without captain Fabricio Coloccini who has a thigh injury.

Liverpool have dominated this fixture recently, winning 10 of the last 14 encounters dating back to March 2005. The Magpies have recorded three wins and a draw in that time, with all three victories coming at St. James' Park.

Over the last 10 league meetings Liverpool have racked up 28 goals while conceding only eight times to Newcastle.

Updated October 17, 2013

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