By Chief Sports Writer, Marley Anderson

No desire, no ambition, no hope.

Newcastle were totally and utterly battered today, as Liverpool ran out 6-0 winners at St James’ Park.

At least I think it was St James’, as the scene on Tyneside resembled a library by the time the final whistle went.

Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson bagged two goals each and even Fabio Borini got in on the act, adding to Daniel Agger’s opener. Philippe Coutinho was arguably the star of the show though, as the 20-year-old ripped the home side apart whenever he felt like it.

As for the villain of the piece, there are too many black and white candidates. Although, a certain silver-haired yes-man might be the early front runner.

Alan Pardew made his intentions clear with his team selection. Hatem Ben Arfa, despite declaring that he was “100% fit” earlier in the week was left on the bench and Yoan Gouffran—who netted his second goal of the season last week—was replaced on the wing by Moussa Sissoko.

James Perch partnered fellow defensive midfielder Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye in the engine room as Pardew clearly opted to try and contain the likes of Steven Gerrard, Coutinho and Sturridge.

The tactics lasted a grand total of two minutes.

In fairness, both sides came flying out of the blocks and it took a strong tackle from former Magpie Jose Enrique to halt Sissoko on the right before Liverpool broke down the other end.

A succession of corners resulted in some desperate defending from the home side but after one set piece was repelled, Stewart Downing floated a ball back into the Newcastle area. As most of the defenders had cleared the area, Agger looked offside when he nodded past Rob Elliot, although replays show the Dane defender was clearly onside.

The home side were wobbly and Liverpool continued to slice through the black and white defence with ease. The vision, passing and neat touches from the visitors was far too much for Newcastle, who looked like conceding every time they surrendered possession.

The lead doubled for Brendan Rodgers’ side unsurprisingly quickly. In fairness, a lot of teams would have been torn apart by the superb passing nature of the goal, although Newcastle would still have been disappointed to concede it.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa let Sturridge control a high ball and find Coutinho and when the Brazilian returned the favour, the England international passed to Henderson, who tapped into the empty net.

Finally, Newcastle started to settle and build some attacking play. Cabaye was getting on the ball more but such as the defensive nature of his team mates, he couldn’t conjure up a goal scoring chance for lone striker Papiss Cisse.

The best the home side managed was a genuine chance though, as good work from Haidara resulted in James Perch meeting a cross with a free header. Instead of halving Liverpool’s lead, Perch headed wayward and the home crowd had their heads in their hands once again.

At half-time, Pardew introduced the two players that he should have started the game with, as Gouffran and Ben Arfa replaced Tiote and Perch.

Instantly, it made a difference. Ben Arfa powered through three challenges as soon as he picked up the ball and an improved performance looked likely from the home side. More players were getting into the area when the ball was delivered and the Magpies had a goal threat.

That was until Ben Arfa made a mistake and tried to dribble out of trouble. Enrique caught the winger on halfway and with Debuchy typically far forward, Liverpool were in. A simple pass split the centre backs and Sturridge finished easily to kill the game off.

Six minutes later, Sturridge had a second. Another simple looking move from the visitors resulted in Henderson going clear and finding the former Chelsea striker, who tapped into the unguarded net again.

With the net bulging again, St James’ Park emptied. Thousands of fans booed the team and manager as they walked out and the players wearing black and white looked like they wanted to also.

It was that bad that Brendan Rodgers introduced serial sick note Fabio Borini into proceedings, and the Italian flop took just seconds to net his first Premier League goal.

At 5-0, Mathieu Debuchy decided to end his Premier League season early by hacking down the irrepressible Coutinho on the wing and earning himself a second yellow card. The Frenchman had cautioned in the first half for squaring up to Sturridge after the Englishman wouldn’t return the ball.

As if things couldn’t get any worse, Liverpool netted a sixth from the resulting free-kick. Henderson’s decent delivery was missed by everyone and nestled in Elliot’s far corner.

Coutinho then rattled the bar as they went in search of a seventh, but the damage was done and Newcastle kept the Reds at bay for the remaining minutes.

After the whistle, Pardew practically sprinted down the tunnel – likely to avoid the deserved abuse his team selection and tactics deserved. After a performance like that, not many would be bothered if he never emerged from it again.

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  1. David Lokure

    Now that’s what I call a game! It was a superb display that I have always fleetingly seen with Liverpool! The big question is can we see the same performance next week as we host our bitter rivals Everton? the

    answer am sure is not known anyone, it’s a question of let’s wait and see as the Reds have a habit of raising our hopes high only to dash them! But the fact that we have a good record against our neighbors is good! Anyway today’s performance was good as it lasted! A clear message to the FA that yeah, we can actually do without Suarez and the victory should be dedicated to him so as to help him cope with the ban! I salute all the Kops, YWNA!!!

  2. Paul the red

    Hahahahahaha I was on one of these newcastle websites at the end of last season. It was full of fans goin on about challengin for the league this year and top four. And goin on bout liverpool sayin how they were a poor mid table side and how the toon were a bigger club now im laughing my tits of #deluded sunderland are a better side hahahahah

    Ah ah ah ah ah ah hahahahahahagagagahagagagagagag


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