Now looks likely to stay at the club after weeks of speculation suggesting otherwise and proved once again why he is deemed so vital at Anfield. Commanding, sharp and infallible from set plays. A fine performance.
Used all of his experience and tactical nous in quelling the the aerial threat of Shola Ameobi. Helped Flanagan when Gutierrez had broken forward and did well alongside Skrtel.
Showed an assured head that belies his relatively tender years, opting not to dive in to tackles rashly and looking to force Gutierrez down the channel. Was controversially booked in the first half but didn't shy from the action thereafter.
Drafted in on the left having overcome recent injury and was tested by Barton for much of the opening exchanges, allowing the Merseyside-born midfielder time to pick passed into the feet of Lovenkrands.
A little tentative aerially in the opening stages with communication with Carragher almost non-existent but recovered well and didn't give Lovenkrands an inch.
Sloppy in the opening exchanges, looking rushed on the ball under pressure from Cheik Tiote. Managed to escape the anchorman's breaches on the 22nd minute but lashed his effort into the arms of Tim Krul.
The Brazilian’s stock has risen at a meteoric rate this season and this was another performance of the highest quality. Got in the faces of Nolan and Tiote as the game played out in the middle of midfield. Should have hit the target with a free header on the 38th minute.
The Portuguese midfielder worked hard but created very little in the opening exchanges. Got more involved as the game went on, drifting from left to right in the Reds midfield. Solid.
Hit a hat-trick in Liverpool's 5-0 hammering of Birminham last week and looked to be brimming with confidence. Was fortunate to see his goal bounce in off Danny Simpson and was otherwise quiet at Anfield.
Worked incredibly hard and linked up with Suarez on a number of occasions as Liverpool looked to catch the Magpies defence out on the counter attack. Got involved in an absorbing battle with Williamson, with neither player stopping for rest.
Looked to use his pace early on to get at Williamson and Coloccini, not allowing the pair a moment's rest. Should have done better with an effort on the fifth minute but was a perennial thorn in Newcastle's side throughout.
Arguably Newcastle’s best player in the last few weeks, with stellar performances against both Manchester United and Blackpool impressing. Helpless to stop Liverpool's opener, with the ball taking the cruellest of deflections of Simpson.
Linked well with Joey Barton but chose to play safe, sitting back in his own half for much of the game, hardly venturing forward. Was unlucky to have deflect Maxi's opener goalwards, giving Krul no chance.
Showed good strength in restraining Suarez but looked rusty over 10 yards, letting both the Uruguayan and Kuyt break forward on numerous occasions. Dealt well with long balls from the back, proving dominant in the air.
Struggled with the pace of the lightning quick Suarez early, being put on the back foot within the opening two minutes. Didn't let his head drop and dealt manfully with the busy Kuyt, forcing him wide from an ominous looking attack on the 18th minute.
A quality defender that has been linked with a move to Anfield come the end of the season. Will have done much to impress Kenny Dalglish and Damien Comolli today but showed nerves early on, hitting a terrible cross-field ball on the 14th minute to nearly let Liverpool in for a second.
Supported Liverpool as a boy but never looked a player with split loyalties today, driving forward from midfield with a determination that has come to define his style of play. Saw many passes wasted due to a lack of sharpness on the part of his strikers.
Was isolated on the left hand side as Flanagan and Meireles looked to restrict his space. Moved infield to find possession and pitched in some fine balls into the direction of Ameobi, who conspired to waste them.
Has been remarkable down the right-hand side this season and performed again today, giving Glen Johnson plenty to think about. Didn't sacrifice his defensive responsibilities however, ensuring that Danny Simpson wasn't left alone.
Kept tabs on Jay Spearing and looked to offer extra support to his defenders as they came under increasing pressure from the mobile duo of Suarez and Kuyt. Tired towards the end of the first half, nearly allowing the home side a chance to break.
Barely got a look in throughout the opening exchanges, wasting a shot from 25-yards out on the 22nd minute. Grew into the game and looked to use his imposing stature to trouble Skrtel and Carragher, getting a bit of joy in the process. Meeting a number of balls from Gutierrez.
Anonymous for much of the first-half as Liverpool dominated. Should have done better with a Joey Barton ball on the 20th minute but looked off the pace inside the area. Replaced by Ranger on the 74th minute.
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Replaced Suarez for little more than a cameo appearance.
Brought on to replace the impressive Flanagan but wasn't given enough time to settle into proceedings.
Came on to face his former side with less than 20 minutes remaining but offered dangerous dimension to Dalglish's men, looking to latch on to a number of high balls from the back and out wide.
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