ISAAC HAYDEN insists Newcastle United’s youthful squad will not be overawed by facing one of the Premier League’s big boys this weekend – because it is like that every week in the top-flight.

The Magpies have made a steady enough start to life in the top tier despite seeing a three-match winning run ended by defeat at Brighton last Sunday.

That reversal at the Amex Stadium was a frustrating end to a decent run from Newcastle, who had climbed up to fourth after recovering from a frustrating start to the season.

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Now Newcastle will have to be at their best if they are to avoid a second straight defeat, knowing Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will be arriving at St James’ Park.

Rafael Benitez boasts the team with the youngest average in the Premier League so far this season, so his players are clearly still feeling their way at the highest level.

However, Hayden, enjoying his own first campaign at the top, feels the fact they are up against one of the teams with title aspirations will not detract from the task at hand.

“Getting promoted, you just want to play against all the other Premier League teams - whether they're promoted like ourselves and Brighton, or whether it's Manchester United or Liverpool,” said Hayden.

“Every game is tough, they all have a huge intensity. We're just enjoying our football, trying to get as many points as we can and learning as we go along.

"We have a young squad, there's still a lot of potential in that dressing room to get better and better. The more minutes we play and the more games we play that we're going to learn from, the better.”

What Hayden insists, though, is that Newcastle have to maintain the high standards they set during their three-match winning run.

And he claims a failure to do that – regardless of the opposition – will lead to more negative results as Benitez’s men look to stay away from relegation trouble this season.

Hayden said: "Every game for us is a cup final for us because every point is valuable. There are no easy games in this division.

"In the Championship there were games at home where people might just have thought we would get the three points, but in the Premier League it isn't like that.

"At home in the Premier League teams can roll you over and be better than anyone else on their day.

"Especially teams who have been promoted, it's difficult for us, but we have a lot of confidence at home, we have the fans behind us.

"We had a lot of confidence even going into the Brighton game, but we didn't perform quite how we wanted to perform. That happens in football and we have to move on and look to beat Liverpool.”

Newcastle expect DeAndre Yedlin to be fit to face Liverpool despite suffering a stamp to his calf in the defeat at Brighton.

The American full-back had the Seagulls’ Tomer Hemed’s boot land in his leg in the closing stages of the game, and Hemed has since been hit with a three-match retrospective ban.

Hemed said: “I accept the decision against me but do not agree with it and I am devastated to miss three matches.

“I would never go out to injure a fellow professional on purpose, and those of my friends and team-mates who know me, know that this is not in my nature.

“I will use the time to get fitter, stronger and come back hungrier to score more goals for Brighton in the Premier League.”