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Newcastle striker Salomon Rondon believes he 'works well under pressure' after deciding to wear the club's famous number nine shirt upon his arrival. 

The 29-year-old is on loan at St. James' Park for the season from West Brom, with the Venezuelan striker netting four goals in 13 Premier League games this campaign.

While there is a lot of pressure to wear the number nine for the Magpies, having been made immortalised by the club's and Premier League's record goalscorer Alan Shearer, Rondon insists it's a pressure he likes to work under.

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Speaking to Spanish publication Marca, he said: "One of the people who closed the deal told me that the No.9 was special at Newcastle because of Shearer, who is the top scorer at the club and in the Premier League. I was told things would go well if I dared to wear it and that's what's happened.

"It is a lot, but it's a pressure that I like. I work well under pressure because that's when the most is demanded of you and it obliges you to give your maximum."

Newcastle are currently 15th in the Premier League ahead of their Boxing Day fixture, which sees manager Rafael Benitez return to Anfield to take on Liverpool, with Rondon under no allusions about how difficult it will be to take points from the game.

"Boxing Day is always special because of the atmosphere with the fans and visiting a stadium like Anfield is always nice," he added.

"They are really strong and have a lot of confidence because nobody has been able to beat them. Although we know the difficulty, we go in with the mentality of giving our best and of trying to get a positive result."