Liverpool hammer Newcastle at Anfield

Liverpool hammered Newcastle 3-0 this afternoon at Anfield leaving the Magpies facing down the barrel of relegation to the Championship. Despite starting the match well, Alan Shearer's side was second best for most of the game.

Joey Barton once again blotted his copybook with a red card late in the second half for a foul on Xabi Alonso. The malicious tackle summed up Newcastle's growing frustration at finding themselves completely outplayed and their Premier League status under serious threat.

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez was able to leave Fernando Torres out of the starting XI and still watch his side overpower their opponents. Yossi Benayoun continued his good run of form with the opening goal on 22 minutes after some comical Newcastle defending.

Dirk Kuyt made it 2-0 five minutes later when he rose unmarked to head home a Steven Gerrard corner before Lucas Leiva added a third on 87 minutes. The result means that Alan Shearer could be back on the Match of the Day couch sooner rather than later.

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