Three days later, Chelsea arrive on Tyneside for a Barclays Premier League showdown and, should Newcastle take maximum points from the two league games, they could gatecrash the top six.
Alan Pardew's men did manage to stabilise their inconsistent start with a hard-earned point from Liverpool but Gouffran knows this next clutch of fixtures will really test their mettle.
The Frenchman told chroniclelive.co.uk: "It's an important period where we have important games.
"But we have to think game after game and we have to prepare for each game. After Liverpool it is Sunderland and that's how we must think."
Whatever happens in the next 10 days, Gouffran does not expect to force his way into France coach Didier Deschamps' plans for the forthcoming World Cup play-offs against Ukraine.
"I'm not in the squad, but I support the team," the 27-year-old added. "There is a group of 25-30 players, and I don't think I will be in.
"My focus is playing for Newcastle - starting against Sunderland."
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