Kenny Dalglish believes nervous tension could help Andy Carroll and Jose Enrique to shine on their return to Newcastle this weekend.
Liverpool are due on Tyneside on Sunday for a fixture that will see Dalglish, Carroll and Enrique head back to St James' Park for the first time since severing their respective ties with the Magpies.
Throw into the mix the fact that the two clubs are separated by just one place in the Premier League standings and you have all the makings of an intriguing top flight tussle.
Dalglish appreciates that there will be a few butterflies in the stomachs of those heading back to familiar surroundings prior to kick-off, but the Scot believes that could work in his side's favour.
He told the club's official website: "It's not a bad thing is it? If you weren't nervous you'd have a wee bit of a problem.
"In my case it was always best to be nervous rather than totally laid back.
"I don't think anyone can be laid back when they go and play at the club that gave him his opportunity in football and turned him into a professional footballer.
"For him (Carroll) and Jose it will be an exciting time to go back."
Dalglish spent 20 months in charge of Newcastle between 1997 and 1998 and is delighted to see a club that still holds a special place in his heart doing so well under the guidance of Alan Pardew.
He said: "It's not the first old club I've been back to. Every club I've been at I've enjoyed. It was no different there.
"I enjoyed the people I worked with, the people I worked for, and they've got fantastic supporters. They get right behind their side and it's a fantastic place to go and play football.
"It's a great city that should be proud of its football club.
"This year Alan Pardew has done a fantastic job getting to where they are in the league.
"I'm looking forward to going back."