NEWCASTLE captain Kevin Nolan admits leading his side out at Anfield on Sunday will have extra significance.
The 28-year-old Scouser will skipper the Magpies this weekend as they look to record a league double over Liverpool, but says the Reds will always have a special place in his heart, and credits the club with laying the foundations for his Premier League career.
“I was with Liverpool for about four years, between the age of six and 10, I think,” said Nolan. “I went to Bolton, and the rest is history, as they say.
“I knew a lot of people who were there, like (former youth team coach) Steve Heighway, but they’ve all left now. There’s a few more who are still there.
“It’s a great club. I enjoyed my time there. They looked after me as a youngster really well, and I thank them for that. They probably set me on my way to going to Bolton with all the technical stuff, and where I am today.
“It’s always a proud moment captaining Newcastle United, but it’ll be extra special at Anfield.
“I just hope we can do ourselves proud and get a result on the day.”
Toon boss Alan Pardew is targeting a first league double over the Reds since 1994. Newcastle beat Liverpool 3-1 at St James’ Park back in December, in what was Pardew’s first game as manager, and the former West Ham boss has set his sights on a repeat at Anfield on Sunday lunchtime.
“Six points from Liverpool would be nice,” said Pardew. “It was my first game against them, and I’ve got fond memories of that one.”
Pardew says he has been impressed by the way in which Kenny Dalglish has transformed the club’s fortunes since his arrival in January.
“They’ve always had great players, but something wasn’t quite right,” he added.
“The management have put that right – they’ve instilled the Liverpool way.”