DAVIDE Santon says Newcastle United will take on Liverpool with no fear on Saturday – despite last season’s 6-0 drubbing.
Alan Pardew’s side entertain the joint-Premier League leaders at St James’s Park (12.45pm).
Santon was in the Magpies team beaten heavily at home by Liverpool late last season.
And the memory of that defeat, which came as the club lurched towards the relegation zone, still haunts the 22-year-old (pictured, below).
“Last season, I remember we lost 6-0,” Santon said. “It stays inside of you for a long time.
“It was a difficult period for us. We were in a difficult position in the league, and we needed a win.
“But we lost 6-0 at home. It was really difficult, especially for our mentality. It’s finished now. We have to think about this season.
“We can compete with every team. We’re not scared about anything.
“If we can compete like we did (against Cardiff, in a 2-1 away win in the Magpies’ last match 12 days ago), we have a chance. We have to make sure we give 100 per cent.
“Every game is a tough game. Liverpool have been good. But we’ll see what happens. In the Premier League, you never know.”
Brendan Rodgers’ side, unbeaten away from home so far this season, are level on points with league leaders Arsenal and are odds-on favourites to win on Tyneside.
Saturday’s fixture is followed by the Wear-Tyne derby on October 27 and a visit to Tottenham on November 2, while United also have a Capital One Cup tie against Manchester City to contend with later this month.
The new few weeks will be challenging for Alan Pardew and his team, but Santon and his team-mates are focused – and confident.
“We have to think about the next three games – Liverpool at home, Sunderland away and afterwards Tottenham, “ he said.
“It’s a tough month. Hopefully, we can do the best we can, then we’ll see.”
H Newcastle supporters will get cut-price tickets for the club’s visits to West Brom and Swansea.
Fans will have to fork out just £15 to watch their team at The Hawthorns on New Year’s Day – and £20 at the Liberty Stadium on December 4. Concessionary tickets will be £5 for both fixtures.
United fans paid £39 to watch the club at West Brom last season – the price cut means a reduction of more than 42 per cent – and £35 at Swansea, a saving of 40 per cent.
Newcastle are inviting other Premier League clubs to agree reciprocal pricing agreements for away fans this season amid fears travelling supporters are being priced out of stadiums.
The Premier League has set aside £12m for clubs to use over the next three years to improve the experience of away fans.