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 almost scored when his header struck a post.
The right-back is running out of time to show his paymasters that he deserves the bumper new contract he craves as they eye Champions League football.
It is a shame he was at the centre of controversy when he clashed with Pepe Reina because this overshadowed a sterling defensive display.
They call him Mr T on Tyneside and he showed why he would be in anyone's A Team with another fiercely combative performance.
He was deemed surplus to requirements as a youngster at Liverpool but how they could do with someone of his ability in central midfield.
H. Ben Arfa
The mercurial French midfielder was at his crowd-pleasing best and was simply too good for Liverpool to handle as he played a key role in both goals.
The stand-in skipper worked hard enough but failed to make a telling contribution.
He is being overshadowed by Hatem Ben Arfa but he remains a vital cog in the Toon machine as he vast range of passing makes Newcastle such a formidable counter-attacking side.
He has now gone seven games without a goal and seldom looked likely to add to his 16-goal haul this term as he dropped deeper and deeper.
The standing ovation he received said it all because there is just no stopping the clinical Senegalese striker who has six goals from six appearances.
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 he was caught ball-watching on Cisse's opener and was then at sixes and sevens when he doubled the lead.
He is approaching his 700th appearance for the Reds and put all his experience to good use with an assured display.
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.
Liverpool looked altogether more threatening when he pushed forward after the break and he looked like his old self but his team were beyond redemption.
There could be no faulting his effort but the brutal reality is that the midfielder looked out of his depth.
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.
Blatant cheating showed his career has taken a dive in more ways than one since he left Newcastle as he played the role of pantomime villain to perfection and then headed straight down the tunnel after being subbed.
He may be blessed with plenty of speed but he does not have the finesse to make a telling difference down the wing.
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
The Italian was only sent on to give Hatem Ben Arfa a standing ovation.
The former Everton midfielder could hardly imagine having it so easy against a Liverpool side.
- 29 H. Vučkič
He will regret not testing Jamie Carragher.
- 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
Newcastle fans taunted him with 'what a waste of money' when he came on late in the day and it is difficult to disagree.
He huffed and puffed but could not get Liverpool back into the game.