ALAN PARDEW is looking forward to playing a part in Steven Gerrard's Anfield send-off today.
And the Crystal Palace boss hopes his side can spoil the Liverpool party just as Stevie G once ruined his own big day.
Pardew was West Ham boss when Gerrard's spectacular equaliser broke Hammers' hearts in the dying seconds of the 2006 FA Cup final, Liverpool eventually winning on penalties.
"I've heard that he said his best goal was against West Ham in the Cup Final," Pardew said. "That's what he can do.
"He's done that consistently throughout his career, come up with a moment for Liverpool.
"Not many players could have produced that moment that he did.
"But he came and consoled me after the final rather than going off and celebrating and that shows the measure of the man.
"I remember him saying we could have won it on another day. And he said our team played well. I have great respect for him.
"Maybe I will be consoling him after this game. It might give me the chance to repay the compliment!"
Liverpool have cropped up at key moments throughout Pardew's career as a player and manager and he has mixed memories.
He was in the Palace team beaten 9-0 at Anfield in 1989 but scored the winner as Palace took their revenge in the FA Cup semi-final the same season, winning 4-3 at Villa Park.
"The 9-0 will never leave me," Pardew said, admitting he lost count of the score.
"They were the best team in the league by far. I thought it was seven and was quite pleased, then someone said it was nine.
"There was definitely a sense of putting that right (in the semi-final). They had the league more or less won and it was the last time they won it, so it was a watershed moment, really."
Pardew expects to find a place on the bench for the club's development player of the season Sullay Kaikai, 19.
And Jason Puncheon will be celebrating a new four-year deal.
"Punch has been our best player since I came here," added Pardew. "You mustn't underestimate the influence he has.
"Our academy, I have no problem saying it, is 80 per cent black and we need black players here setting the right example.
"They can look up to Jason Puncheon and see that you can reach the heights of the Premier League at this club."