By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
At St. James' Park
Newcastle United 0
Liverpool 6 (Agger 3; Henderson 17, 76; Sturridge 54, 60; Borini 74)
Ten-man Newcastle United were hit for six on Saturday as they went down 6-0 at home to Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League.
Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge bagged braces for the visitors, while Daniel Agger and Fabio Borini were also on target at St. James' Park as the Reds ran riot.
And a miserable afternoon on Tyneside was completed when full-back Mathieu Debuchy saw red for two bookings, meaning he will miss next weekend's trip to West Ham United.
Agger set the ball rolling on three minutes with a free header, shortly before Henderson's simple tap-in made it two with less than 20 minutes on the clock.
Sturridge netted twice in six second-half minutes, first finishing off a swift break before slotting home his second into an open goal after unselfish work from Henderson.
Substitute Borini found the back of the net with his second touch of the game, and just two minutes later Henderson saw a crossed free-kick fly in at the far post to complete the scoring.
The visitors made a flying start and broke the deadlock with less than three minutes on the clock.
United failed to clear their lines from a corner, and when Philippe Countinho hooked the ball back in to the penalty area, Agger snuck in unmarked to loop a header past Rob Elliot.
And, having found themselves on the back-foot for much of the opening exchanges, things got even worse for United when Liverpool doubled their lead in the 17th minute.
An inch-perfect Coutinho through ball set Sturridge in behind the Magpies' back line, and as Elliot came out to narrow the angle, he slipped it sideways for Henderson to tap home.
They weren't content with two and Sturridge was soon afforded space to run almost 20 yards before unleashing a strike straight at Elliot from the edge of the area.
Newcastle had to wait 27 minutes for their first effort of the afternoon but Jonas Gutierrez's rising 20-yard drive was always flying well over the top.
And they spurned an absolutely golden chance to halve the deficit nine minutes before half-time, Perch climbing unmarked six yards out to meet a Massadio Haidara cross from the left, but somehow nodding wide with the goal at his mercy.
Manager Alan Pardew responded to his side's under-par first half display with a couple of chances at the break, introducing the attack-minded duo of Hatem Ben Arfa and Yoan Gouffran for Perch and Gutierrez.
And it had an immediate impact, with United doing much of the early second half running and Gouffran sending a header straight at Jose Reina.
But despite their bright spell, it was Liverpool who were next on the scoresheet, silencing a sold-out St. James' Park.
Ben Arfa was robbed on the halfway line by Coutinho, who drove forward before releasing Sturridge with a glorious through ball. The England international had enough space to take a touch before firing past Elliot.
And on the hour mark it was four. Steven Gerrard dinked a ball over the top for Henderson, in acres of space, one-on-one with Elliot. Instead of shooting, the former Sunderland man selflessly squared across the face of goal for Sturridge to tap home.
The visitors introduced Borini from the substitutes' bench and the Italian front man was on the scoresheet within second, controlling Downing's pass inside the area and then prodding home into the corner.
Debuchy then received his marching orders for a second booking of the afternoon and, from the resulting free-kick, Henderson's cross crept all the way in without any Reds player getting a touch.
There was still time for Coutinho to force Elliot into an oustanding save, tipping his long-ranger against the crossbar, while at the other end Papiss Cisse had a rare sight of goal, but skewed a shot narrowly the wrong side of the upright.
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Rob Elliot; Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara; James Perch (Hatem Ben Arfa 46), Cheick Tiote (Vurnon Anita 65), Yohan Cabaye (c); Moussa Sissoko, Papiss Cisse, Jonas Gutierrez (Yoan Gouffran 46)
Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Jose Reina; Glen Johnson, Jamie Carragher, Daniel Agger, Jose Enrique; Lucas, Steven Gerrard (c) (Fabio Borini 72); Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho (Suso 84); Daniel Sturridge (Jonjo Shelvey 84)
Subs not used: Brad Jones, Andre Wisdom, Sebastian Coates, Martin Skrtel
Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)
Bookings: Newcastle - Debuchy (20, 75), Gutierrez (39), Taylor (44); Liverpool - Sturridge (20), Johnson (41)
Sendings off: Newcastle - Debuchy (76); Liverpool - none
Attendance: 52,351 (3,200 Liverpool)