Papiss Demba Cisse scored twice to condemn Liverpool to a sixth defeat in seven Premier League games as Newcastle deservedly won 2-0 at the Sports Direct Arena.
Out of form Liverpool started the brightest at the Sports Direct Arena and should have taken a lead in the first 10 minutes through Newcastle old-boy Andy Carroll. Carroll showed a lovely touch to go past Newcastle defender James Perch and he went round keeper Tim Krul in the penalty box but stupidly dived in the penalty area which earned him a yellow card and the Newcastle fans lapped it up.
Liverpool continued their dominance when Craig Bellamy’ cross took a deflection and hit the woodwork when tipped onto by Tim Krul. From the resulting corner, Andy Carroll’s flick-on comes off Mike Williamson and it looks destined to go in if not for Danny Simpson at the back post. Replays showed that the ball hit the top of Simpson’s arm and Liverpool were very unlucky to not get a penalty.
Against the run-of-play, In-form Newcastle striker Papiss Demba Cisse scored his sixth goal in seven games. Brilliant work from Ben Arfa picked out Cisse with a wonderful cross and the striker directed his header back across goal and in off the inside of the far post to give the Newcastle the lead.
Newcastle started to show their dominance in the second half when they also hit the woodwork in the 48th minute from Mike Williamson’s soaring header. Just before the hour-mark, Liverpool’s match went from bad to worse when Cisse scored his second of the afternoon. However, Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish will be disappointed as it looked like Cisse was off-side from his striker-partner Demba Ba’s pass which was initially was meant to be for Ben Arfa but it found it’s way to Cisse who cut in on his left and he smashed the ball past Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina.
It got even more embarrassing for Liverpool when they went down to ten men after Pepe Reina headbutted Newcastle defender James Perch. Perch went in late on the Liverpool keeper after he dropped a cross and then Reina reacts angrily by confronting Perch and referee Martin Atkinson believed that the Liverpool keeper showed intent and sent off the Spanish keeper. As Liverpool made all three substitutions, former Newcastle defender Jose Enrique had to go in goal for the final seven minutes of the match as Liverpool’s season goes from bad to worse. Newcastle go back level on points with Chelsea and are now only two points away from a Champions League position but Tottenham play their game in hand later on this evening.
Liverpool: Reina, Flanagan, Carragher, Skrtel, Enrique, Gerrard, Spearing, Shelvey (Downing 75), Bellamy (Henderson 79), Carroll (Kuyt 79), Suarez.
Newcastle: Krul; Simpson, Williamson, Perch, Gutierrez, Guthrie (Gosling 65), Tiote, Cabaye; Ben Arfa(Santon 90), Cisse(Ameobi 74), Ba.