Loic Remy
Remy has scored five goals in five appearances for Newcastle.

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley is being urged to secure striker Loic Remy to a permanent deal after the Frenchman's impressive start to life at St James' Park.

Remy joined on loan from Queens Park Rangers in the summer and has scored five goals in as many appearances for the Toon, including a double in the win over Cardiff City.

Manager Alan Pardew has spoken of his desire to keep Remy at Newcastle on a permanent basis having failed to sign the 26 year old last January following his departure from Marseille.

And midfielder Cheick Tiote has added to his manager's plea and has called on owner Ashley to ensure Remy remains in the north east.

"Loic is very important for us. He's a great player and he scored two more fantastic goals [against Cardiff]," Tiote told the Northern Echo.

"I hope he will continue to score because we need him and we need his goals, they are so important for us and at Cardiff they were the difference between winning and losing.

"He's going to be important for us this season and I think if he continues to score and play like he did we will be able to finish in the top 10.

"I hope the chairman will buy him. You never know, but he's already shown how important he is for us and it would be a big loss if he didn't sign at the end of the season."

Following a torrid start to the campaign, Remy's recovery from hamstring problem which prevented him starting the season has coincided with the Magpies rejuvenation.

Since the opening weekend thrashing at the hands of Manchester City, Newcastle have lost just two of their subsequent eight games in all competitions, with Remy's goals proving influential.

Victory at Cardiff represented the ideal repost following defeat to Everton and Tiote says the win in south Wales can kick start Newcastle's season.

"The first game (against Man City) was really difficult and we were nowhere near as good as we can play," Tiote admitted. "After that we came back and won but then lost another couple of games. To beat Cardiff was so important for us and I hope we will continue to do the same.

"I think this result could kick-start our season. It will be good for the players, because we will go away with a good feeling and come back in a positive mood.

"The run we have made it even more important we got a result. Liverpool isn't going to be an easy game, it's going to be tough. We have a bit of time to rest and prepare for a very hard game."