Perhaps should have done better with Agger's opening goal but could do little about the following three as his defence made it too easy for Liverpool to carve out shooting opportunities.
Dived in to stop Sturridge getting a shot away early on but was nowhere to be seen as Agger scored Liverpool's opener. Troubled by the pace and trickery of the Reds' attackers throughout.
The Frenchman was at fault for two of Liverpool's goals as he twice failed to track the run of Henderson and he should have done better when Coutinho ran at him in the build-up to the third. Capped that off by being dismissed late on.
Too slow on the turn when faced by the likes of Sturridge and Coutinho. Booked on the brink of half-time for dragging Sturridge to the floor after being skilfully turned on the halfway line.
His lack of movement in Newcastle's midfield pivote hindered their play, as they were outplayed by their opponents. Hauled off at half-time by Pardew.
Stretched by the forward running of Johnson down Liverpool's right-hand side, although it was down the left that the visitors produced their goals.
The France international barely featured in the first half, as Newcastle were overran by Liverpool's energetic midfield. Did not improve after the break.
The Ivorian continued to look out of sorts and was well off the pace in midfield. His performance was characterised by a number of mistimed challenges. Replaced after 65 minutes by Anita.
His impact in an attacking sense was limited by Liverpool's extended spells in possession. Forced to track back and help out defensively.
Simply awful for the home side. Gave the ball away repeatedly under little or no pressure and wasted a good shooting opportunity midway through the first half.
Failed to hold the ball up for the Magpies but was not helped by the play of his teammates, particularly before the break.
Little to do all game as Newcastle failed to test Liverpool's defence. Plucked a number of crosses from the air well.
Scored the opening goal of the game with a close-range header after being left unmarked by Newcastle's defence and was confident at the back for the visitors.
Stretched Newcastle's left-back, Haidara, with his powerful runs forward and linked well with Coutinho on a number of occasions.
Much to the home fans disdain it was their former employee who provided the cross from which Agger gave the visitors the lead. Bombed down the left-hand side to pin back Debuchy.
Mopped up well in the first half on the rare occasions when Cisse threatened to break through on goal and was strong in the air throughout.
The former Sunderland man calmly added a second for Liverpool from close range after great play from Coutinho and Sturridge. He then provided an assist for Sturridge after latching on to a good pass from Gerrard, before scoring a second from a free kick late on to make it 6-0.
The left winger was confident on the ball without shining like some of his teammates around him, although his movement off the ball did create space for them to profit from.
Metronomic with his passing in the centre of midfield for Rodgers' side as they dominated possession, before being withdrawn in the second half.
The Brazilian's quality was emphatically clear today. His pass to Sturridge in the build-up to Liverpool's second was sublime, as was his assist for the same player in the second half.
The Brazilian midfielder was very good alongside Gerrard in midfield as they easily won their battle with Tiote, Perch and Cabaye. Put in some brilliant challenges inside his own half.
The former Chelsea man revelled in a starting role in the absence of Suarez, as he netted twice after the break and linked brilliantly with Coutinho throughout. He showed great awareness to draw Elliot off his line and play Henderson in for Liverpool's second goal, before scoring twice after the interval.
Had little impact on the game after being brought on at the interval.
Brought on at Tiote's expense with just under half an hour to play. Passed the ball well during his time on the pitch.
H. Ben Arfa
Introduced at half-time and sparkled briefly for the home side before they conceded a third and fourth goal before the hour mark.