Newcastle United’s season continued its implosion at Anfield tonight, as Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool coasted to a 2-0 victory.

Raheem Sterling and Joe Allen scored the goals before Moussa Sissoko compounded another miserable night by getting sent off for two bookable offences.

If there are any positives to take from another demoralising loss, it’s that John Carver’s side weren’t quite as bad as they were last week against Sunderland. But they were still bad.

The defeat is Newcastle’s fifth on the spin and was it not for the mid-season good form under Alan Pardew; the Magpies would be in the thick of a relegation battle.

Liverpool were coming off the back of two defeats that looked to have put pay to their Champions League aspirations but took just nine minutes to open the scoring against Newcastle.

Sterling was the man to cause the damage, ghosting past two poor challenges on the left before curling a shot beyond the helpless Tim Krul.

Newcastle have scored just two goals in their previous seven games, so conceding early at Anfield meant Carver’s side had an almost impossible task.

Liverpool could and should have scored more before half-time but Alberto Moreno and Phillippe Coutinho were thwarted by Krul.

Newcastle slowly began to improve and their biggest gripe came towards the end of the first half, when they should have had a penalty. Ayoze Perez found space in the box and took it past Dejan Lovren, who hacked the Spaniard to the floor mercilessly. Somehow referee Lee Mason – from Merseyside, bafflingly – waved play on and in turn ended Newcastle’s hopes of getting an equaliser.

The visitors continued to push for a lifeline but Simon Mignolet’s save from Perez continued to frustrate.

Soon, Liverpool asserted control once again and Sterling should have had his second when capitalised on Ryan Taylor’s error but missed the target from inside the six yard box.

That let off could have been the springboard for an equaliser if Newcastle carried any threat going forward but Allen was soon on hand to kill the game for the hosts. Emre Can chipped a ball into the box and Mike Williamson failed to clear, allowing Allen to react and smash a volley into the corner to give Liverpool the win.