NEWCASTLE striker Peter Lovenkrands says his side will be wary of Andy Carroll when they travel to Anfield this weekend.
Carroll, providing he recovers in time from a knee problem, is in line to make his first appearance against the Magpies since his £35m switch to Merseyside in January.
Lovenkrands partnered the 22-year-old in attack at St James' Park throughout Newcastle's successful promotion campaign last season, and witnessed first hand the havoc Carroll can cause to Premier League defences as he plundered 11 goals for the Tynesiders before his move to Anfield.
And the Danish forward says his team-mates are well aware of the threat posed by the Gateshead-born striker, who opened his Reds account with two goals against Manchester City earlier this month.
“Andy will be a handful to go up against if he plays – we knew that when he was in our team,” said Lovenkrands.
“He was a fantastic asset for us – he’s so strong. He’s shown that again at Liverpool and with England. He’s a great player, and I really wish him the best, but I just hope he doesn’t score against us!
“It’ll be good to see him again.”
Lovenkrands admits Newcastle will travel to Anfield as underdogs on Sunday, with Kenny Dalglish's men among the Premier League's form sides, but says Alan Pardew's men will head into the game full of confidence.
“It’s going to be like the Manchester United game – nobody’s going to expect us to get a result at Liverpool,” he added.
“Hopefully, we can go there and surprise a few people by getting a point or two.
“They have a lot to play for, so they’re going to be up for it, but as a team we don’t want to slack off. We’re up for any game.”