ALAN Pardew has pledged Newcastle United will pack a punch at Anfield next season – thanks to Andy Carroll.
United were beaten 3-0 by Liverpool yesterday, the scoreline “flattering” Kenny Dalglish’s side, according to Pardew.
However, Pardew’s confident the £35million fee banked from the controversial sale of Carroll will transform his options for next season’s Premier League campaign.
“That’s very, very important – it’s obvious we need that to happen,” Pardew said.
“For all the endeavour that went into that game, we lacked a bit of punch and impact.
“If Liverpool were chasing the game, that impact from the bench might have been significant. It wasn’t in the end, but it might have been. We needed that.”
Pardew went on: “The second goal was crucial in the game.
“We had a good spell in the game, especially before half time, where we had a number of set-plays.
“We could have put more pressure on them.
“We were well in the game. We passed the ball better than them for long periods. It was a funny game when you analyse it, but you’ve got to score goals, and we didn’t threaten the goal enough.
“They’ve got a bit of quality here and there and we made a mistake and the game got away from us.”