Newcastle United’s Premier League season ended in defeat at Anfield but the Reds missed out on the title as Manchester City claimed their second crown in three years. Goals from Daniel Agger and Daniel Sturridge were enough for Brendan Rodgers’ side to do their part, only for City to ease past West Ham at the Etihad and reclaim the league from Manchester United. It all started promisingly for Newcastle though, as they took the lead after 20 minutes thanks to Martin Skrtel’s own goal. The Slovakian defender made a mess of clearing Yoan Gouffran’s cross and looped his effort over Simon Mignolet to give the travelling Toon Army hope of ending their season on a high. But in typical Newcastle fashion, a complete self destruction was to follow as Agger and Sturridge struck before Ameobi was sent off for abusing referee Phil Dowd – hardly the way he wanted to end his Magpies career. Newcastle ended with nine men as substitute Paul Dummett was sent off for a professional foul on Suarez. When the team line-ups emerged, it was clear to see Alan Pardew’s intentions. Five defenders, two defensive midfielders and one striker was hardly a system capable of taking the game to Liverpool. The plan to contain the likes of Sturridge and Luis Suarez worked in the opening stages, too. There was no space for either of the in-form strikers to create anything and Newcastle even managed the first efforts on goal. Ameobi was the man who was on the end of them for the visitors, heading wide a corner before forcing Mignolet into a save when he connected with Moussa Sissoko’s cross. But it wasn’t any of the men in the all-new grey change kit that made the breakthrough for Newcastle. Skrtel was the man on the end of Yoan Gouffran’s cross and couldn’t divert his clearance away from goal, only succeeding in beating Mignolet in the Liverpool goal. Minutes earlier, Suarez had a goal disallowed for the home side when he cleverly chipped a free-kick over Tim Krul, only for Dowd to rule it out as the ball was still moving when the Uruguayan struck. Suarez had a chance to extend his stunning scoring record when he weaved through in the second half, only to uncharacteristically waste the chance to equalise as Krul saved easily. However, if the former Ajax striker felt guilty for missing that chance then he was soon eclipsed by Sturridge. The England striker failed to connect with a simple header from Jordan Henderson’s cross and it looked like the home side were destined to blow their chances of winning their first Premier League title. But the Merseyside club came out fighting in the second half and scored twice from two almost identical positions. First, Steven Gerrard’s deep free-kick was volleyed past Krul by Agger at the back post, before Sturridge connected with a similar delivery to give the Reds the lead. Seconds after the England striker had completed the turnaround for Liverpool, Newcastle were reduced to ten men after Ameobi was shown two quick fire yellow cards. Any hopes of a comeback were severely damaged by Ameobi’s dismissal and the five minute cameo from Dummett didn’t help either. Suarez was threatening to break away for Liverpool’s third when the young defender hacked him down, earning his first career red card and ensuring Liverpool done their bit for the title bid. To make things even worse for Newcastle, results elsewhere meant they finish the season in 10th position, with Stoke stealing 9th from them thanks to a win at West Brom.