The Dutchman lived dangerously with some questionable positioning but Liverpool were not good enough to take advantage.
After a shaky start he coped well with the aerial threat posed by Andy Carroll and looked a threat from set-pieces, rattling the post and forcing a sharp save from Reina moments before the Spaniard's sending off.
Untroubled defensively as Liverpool lacked width throughout. Was lucky to see the referee wave play on after blatantly handballing Carroll's header off the line in the first half.
Magnificent performance form the make-shift central defender, his impressive match may have been overshadowed slightly after getting neddlessly involved with Reina, and throwing himself to the floor after brushing heads with the Spaniard.
Typically physical performance from the Ivorian who comfortably shut down Shelvey's attempts to create chances for Liverpool and handled Gerrard well when the England man moved into the centre.
Deemed surplus to requirements as a youngster at Anfield but showed his boyhood club exactly what they are missing with an assured performance, passed well and showed good bite in the tackle ot help the Magpies control the game.
H. Ben Arfa
The mercurial French midfielder was at his crowd-pleasing best and was simply too good for Liverpool to handle as he laid on both of Cisse's goals after bamboozling Enrique.
Played in an extremely unfamiliar left-back role but was tenacious in his tackling and his attacking qualities from deep benefitted his side's game, was given the captain's armband in compatriot Coloccini's absence, further showcasing his growing importance and popularity on Tyneside.
Has been overshadowed by Hatem Ben Arfa in recent weeks but the former Lille man remains a vital cog in the Toon machine as his vast range of passing makes Newcastle such a formidable counter-attacking side.
Has begun playing in a much deeper role since Cisse's arrival and does well to link up the play closer to the midfield. Has now gone seven games without a goal though and the Toon fans will be hoping he can start finding the back of the net again sooner rather than later.
Andy who? The new No. 9 on Tyneside has made an unbelievably good start to his Newcastle career and was at his poaching best, grabbing a brace. Looked to be offside for his second but still kept a cool head to round Reina and slot past the sliding Skrtel on the line.
Just as things looked as though they could not get any worse for Liverpool, they did as the Spaniard lost his cool and was sent off for violent conduct for appearing to headbutt James Perch.
If the Toon Army were trying to put him out of his stride with their taunts then they succeeded because he looked a shadow of the player who became a favourite on Tyneside. Took the gloves after Reina's dismissal but wasn't tested.
He paid the ultimate price when caught ball-watching for Cisse's opener and was then at sixes and sevens when the Senegalese striker doubled the lead.
He is approaching his 700th appearance for the Reds and put all his experience to good use with an assured display as the defenders around him looked totally incapable.
The 19-year-old full-back showed that there are reasons to be optimistic about the future with an assured display in only his tenth league appearance.
Played much of the game in a wide role and couldn't get in to the game as he would have liked. By the time he had moved into the centre, the game was beyond the Reds.
There could be no faulting his effort but the brutal reality is that the midfielder looked out of his depth, could barely shake off Tiote but did manage Liverpool's first shot on target of the match, albeit in the 57th minute.
He was always a willing outlet for the Liverpool defence but Ben Arfa waltzed round him as if he wasn't there on his way to setting up the opener.
Surrounding by mass hype on his return to his home-town and hugely embarrassed himself as he took a tumble in the area despite no contact and was rightfully booked. Started brightly early on but faded badly as his touch and confidence deserted him once again. Was substituted to ear-splitting jeers and furiously stomped straight down the tunnel.
Off day for the Welshman who always had the pace to trouble the Magpies' defence but often lacked finesse when in dangerous positions.
Nothing seemed to go right for the striker who only showed glimpses of the class that has made him a darling of the Kop but he looked threatening right until the very end.
- 35 R. Elliot
- 31 S. Ferguson
- 16 R. Taylor
Sent on in the game's dying embers to give Ben Arfa a richly deserved ovation.
The former Everton midfielder played out the latter stages of the match and looked tidy in possession.
- 29 H. Vučkič
Brought on for Cisse and will regret not testing stand-in keeper Enrique when presented with the opportunity.
- 32 Doni
- 6 Fábio Aurélio
- 16 S. Coates
The game was won and lost when he came on and he failed to make an impact.
- 11 M. Rodríguez
Didn't have any time to make his mark on the game and was greeted by cheers of 'what a waste of money' by the home fans.
Huffed and puffed after replacing Carroll but could not get Liverpool back into the game.