Liverpool beat nine-man Newcastle to finish the season on a high note, but their hopes of a first league title in 24 years were dashed as Manchester City beat West Ham to be crowned champions.

The Reds started the day trailing City by two points with a far inferior goal difference, meaning they needed to beat Newcastle and hope City lost at home to the Hammers.

Rodgers congratulates Man City

Liverpool did their job as Daniel Agger and Daniel Sturridge converted Steven Gerrard free-kicks to cancel out Martin Skrtel's first-half own-goal.

But the result at Etihad Stadium rendered that irrelevant and Brendan Rodgers's team were forced to settle for second place.

They can, however, comfort themselves with the knowledge they defied expectations by even challenging for the title, and passed 100 league goals for only the second time in their history.

And with Champions League football returning for the first time since 2009-10, there is renewed belief the good times could be coming back to Anfield.

It a position Newcastle can only dream of; they squandered a first-half advantage to finish 10th, with Shola Ameobi and Paul Dummett sent off, and fans calling for manager Alan Pardew to depart.

Liverpool's fans arrived more in hope than expectation, once again lining Anfield Road to greet the team bus and belting out an ear-splitting rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone before kick-off.

Liverpool fans

Liverpool fans were dejected as news of Manchester City's goals reached Anfield

But the Reds appeared nervous from the outset - careless in possession and weak in the challenge - and Newcastle took advantage.

Ameobi, out of contract in the summer after 13 years at St James's Park, signalled the threat with an early header.

Liverpool probed through Jordan Henderson, back from a three-game ban that many feel derailed his side's title charge, before a quickly-taken free-kick by Luis Suarez was disallowed.

Moments later, Yoan Gouffran broke clear on the left and delivered a cross that Skrtel sliced past Simon Mignolet - to the disbelief of most inside the ground but the delight of Newcastle supporters, who had been voicing their disapproval for Pardew.

Goals galore

  • Liverpool are the first team since Tottenham in 1962-63 to score more than 100 league goals and concede more than 50 in the same season
  • Liverpool had not conceded 50+ goals in a 38-game top-flight season since 1914-15

Gouffran twice came close to doubling the visitors' lead as Liverpool produced one of their worst halves of football all season.

When they finally mustered some momentum, the out-of-sorts Suarez shot tamely at Tim Krul and Sturridge headed off target from a superb position.

News of City's opening goal against West Ham barely registered with the Liverpool fans - their own team's performance was of greater concern - and their afternoon suffered another setback when left-back Jon Flanagan was forced off at half-time.

City's second at Etihad Stadium seemed to coincide with a dropping of heads, but Rodgers sent Philippe Coutinho on in place of Joe Allen, and his side scored twice in the space of as many minutes.

Gerrard was the provider from almost identical positions, his first free-kick met with a back-post volley by a recalled Agger and the second poked in by Sturridge.

Liverpool 2-1 Newcastle: Alan Pardew says Phil Dowd at fault in defeat

The atmosphere was transformed, the name of Rodgers ringing out as he applauded all four sides of the ground, and Liverpool's path to victory was eased by two yellow cards in quick succession for Ameobi and a straight red for substitute Dummett following a rash challenge on Suarez.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew:

"I thought we were terrific, it was a hell of a performance in the first half but we had a couple of dodgy decisions that were unhelpful. I'm not particularly pleased with referee's explanation for sending off Shola.

"We've got to give our fans a lift in the summer by recruiting well. We need to recruit offensive players that are good enough for Newcastle and that is what we will focus on.

"Our fans are brilliant fans - they are just frustrated. For the first half of the season we were very good, but in the second half we were not as strong as we should have been. We made errors, myself included."

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (6)

Liverpool

  • 22 Mignolet
  • 05 Agger
  • 37 Skrtel
  • 38 Flanagan (Cissokho - 45' )
  • 02 Johnson
  • 24 Allen (Coutinho - 59' )
  • 14 Henderson
  • 08 Gerrard
  • 31 Sterling
  • 07 Suárez
  • 15 Sturridge (Lucas - 80' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 01 Jones
  • 04 K Touré
  • 09 Iago Aspas
  • 10 Coutinho
  • 17 Sakho
  • 20 Cissokho
  • 21 Lucas

Newcastle United

  • 01 Krul
  • 06 Williamson
  • 27 Taylor (de Jong - 73' )
  • 26 Debuchy Booked
  • 19 Haidara
  • 02 Coloccini
  • 24 Tioté (Dummett - 82' Dismissed )
  • 08 Anita Booked
  • 11 Gouffran Booked (Ameobi - 78' )
  • 07 Sissoko
  • 23 Ameobi Dismissed after an earlier booking

Substitutes

  • 03 Santon
  • 13 Yanga-Mbiwa
  • 18 de Jong
  • 21 Elliot
  • 28 Ameobi
  • 36 Dummett
  • 37 Satka
Ref: Phil Dowd
Att: 44,724

Match Stats

Shots

13 8

On target

5 2

Corners

6 2

Fouls

8 16

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Liverpool 2, Newcastle United 1.

90:00 +4:06 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Liverpool 2, Newcastle United 1.

88:33

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Aly Cissokho.

88:09 Booking

Booking Lucas Leiva (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

87:51

Foul by Lucas Leiva (Liverpool).

87:51

Luuk de Jong (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:37 Dismissal

Dismissal Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) is shown the red card.

86:07

Luis Suarez (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

86:07

Foul by Paul Dummett (Newcastle United).

85:58

Attempt blocked. Massadio Haidara (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Vurnon Anita.

85:05

Foul by Lucas Leiva (Liverpool).

85:05

Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:13

Offside, Liverpool. Luis Suarez tries a through ball, but Raheem Sterling is caught offside.

84:11

Attempt blocked. Lucas Leiva (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

83:11

Glen Johnson (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:11

Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle United).

81:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Paul Dummett replaces Cheick Tioté because of an injury.

79:57

Foul by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool).

79:57

Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Lucas Leiva replaces Daniel Sturridge.

78:42

Attempt missed. Daniel Agger (Liverpool) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Steven Gerrard with a cross following a set piece situation.

77:50

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

77:50

Foul by Massadio Haidara (Newcastle United).

77:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Sammy Ameobi replaces Yoan Gouffran.

74:40

Foul by Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool).

74:40

Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Luuk de Jong replaces Steven Taylor.

71:35

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Liverpool).

71:35

Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

69:52

Attempt blocked. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

68:14

Offside, Liverpool. Steven Gerrard tries a through ball, but Aly Cissokho is caught offside.

65:36 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United).

65:26 Booking

Booking Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card.

64:39 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Liverpool 2, Newcastle United 1. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Steven Gerrard with a cross following a set piece situation.

64:09 Booking

Booking Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card.

63:47

Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:47

Foul by Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United).

62:47 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Liverpool 1, Newcastle United 1. Daniel Agger (Liverpool) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Steven Gerrard with a cross following a set piece situation.

62:15 Booking

Booking Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

62:10

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:10

Foul by Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United).

61:28

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Fabricio Coloccini.

61:06

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Michael Williamson.

59:36

Attempt missed. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

58:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Philippe Coutinho replaces Joe Allen.

57:59

Attempt saved. Luis Suarez (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

57:04

Luis Suarez (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:04

Foul by Michael Williamson (Newcastle United).

54:45

Luis Suarez (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:45

Foul by Steven Taylor (Newcastle United).

53:18

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Michael Williamson.

47:12

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Vurnon Anita.

47:08

Attempt blocked. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Allen.

45:00

Second Half begins Liverpool 0, Newcastle United 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Aly Cissokho replaces Jon Flanagan.

45:00 +2:21 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Liverpool 0, Newcastle United 1.

45:00 +1:43

Foul by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).

45:00 +1:43

Massadio Haidara (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:06

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:06

Foul by Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United).

44:28

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Liverpool).

44:28

Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:01

Attempt missed. Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.

41:03

Hand ball by Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United).

40:04

Attempt missed. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jordan Henderson with a cross.

39:11

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Tim Krul.

34:43 Booking

Booking Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card.

33:44

Attempt saved. Luis Suarez (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Allen.

33:14

Offside, Newcastle United. Mathieu Debuchy tries a through ball, but Shola Ameobi is caught offside.

31:09

Attempt blocked. Luis Suarez (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

30:20

Luis Suarez (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:20

Foul by Steven Taylor (Newcastle United).

28:45

Jon Flanagan (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:45

Foul by Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United).

28:27

Attempt blocked. Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Shola Ameobi with a through ball.

26:33

Attempt missed. Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

26:30

Attempt saved. Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Shola Ameobi with a through ball.

23:50

Offside, Newcastle United. Michael Williamson tries a through ball, but Shola Ameobi is caught offside.

23:14

Attempt saved. Daniel Agger (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Steven Gerrard with a cross.

22:04

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Vurnon Anita.

19:10 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Martin Skrtel, Liverpool. Liverpool 0, Newcastle United 1.

17:46

Luis Suarez (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

17:46

Foul by Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United).

17:27

Attempt blocked. Glen Johnson (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Henderson.

14:39

Martin Skrtel (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:39

Foul by Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United).

12:02

Foul by Luis Suarez (Liverpool).

12:02

Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:43

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:43

Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United).

9:07

Attempt saved. Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

8:33

Attempt blocked. Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

7:52

Offside, Liverpool. Steven Gerrard tries a through ball, but Daniel Sturridge is caught offside.

4:03

Attempt missed. Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Cheick Tioté with a cross following a corner.

3:32

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Joe Allen.

1:50

Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United).

1:50

Joe Allen (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:17

Foul by Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United).

0:17

Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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