Match ends, Newcastle United 1, Liverpool 0.
Newcastle United 1-0 Liverpool
- Newcastle move into top half with win
- Liverpool fail to score for second straight league game
- Reds are 12 points behind leaders Chelsea
- Gabriel Obertan stretchered off with injury
Newcastle's revival under Alan Pardew continued as they picked up a fourth successive victory against a Liverpool side who continue to struggle for form.
Substitute Ayoze Perez, who scored in the Magpies' win at Tottenham last week, netted the second-half winner from close range after the visitors failed to clear Paul Dummett's cross.
Newcastle also went close through Remy Cabella and Papiss Cisse as victory - their first at home over the Reds in five attempts - moved them to a point behind their opponents.
Defeat for Brendan Rodgers's side initially left them nine points behind leaders Chelsea, who stretched that margin to 12 points by winning later in the afternoon. But more worryingly is that they are six points shy of where they were at this stage last season.
While the defence is a continuing concern under Rodgers' stewardship - they have kept only one clean sheet in the last 12 matches - far more worrying is at the other end, where summer signing Mario Balotelli, a "calculated risk" as Rodgers labelled it, has not worked so far.
There was a small fanfare when he was brought in to fill the void left by Luis Suarez's move to Barcelona, but while the Uruguayan managed 31 goals last season, the Italian will be lucky to get half that total on current form.
|Waiting for Mario|
|Mario Balotelli has now made eight Premier League appearances for Liverpool without finding the net, although he has scored twice in the cups.|
He has only scored twice for the Reds and has yet to hit the mark in the Premier League.
Here he always seemed a willing outlet for his team-mates, but Newcastle's defence had him under lock and key for much of the match.
Balotelli's game revolves around explosive power and instinct rather than guile, but he barely fired, only threatening with a first-half free-kick and a curling shot which Tim Krul easily held.
His team-mates provided little support and rarely troubled the Newcastle defence, with only headers from Martin Skrtel and Philippe Coutinho, which produced a marvellous save from Krul, causing jitters in the home backline.
Despite being handicapped by injuries to winger Gabriel Obertan and striker Cisse during the match, Newcastle never looked anything but a team riding high after starting the season poorly, while the confidence gained from beating Spurs and then Manchester City in the League Cup was visible.
Having threatened with a Cisse header, which was cleared off the line by Glen Johnson, they finally broke through thanks to Perez's second successive league goal.
The Spaniard, on for Cisse, again showed a striker's instinct of being at the right place at the right time, when he slammed in from Dummett's delivery.
Another summer recruit, Cabella should have added a second when he broke forward with Perez before firing a goalbound shot that was pushed wide by Simon Mignolet.
After one draw and four wins - including one in the league cup - calls for manager Pardew to be sacked seem like a distant memory.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: "I am not saying I saw the wins coming, but I knew there was talent.
"When it does not go well, they (the fans) let you know, and when it is going well, they let you know. You take the good with the bad."
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "It's not working for us at the moment. We will continue to hope we get that wee bit of luck and the confidence in final third can return.
"We made a mistake and that cost us the game. That's the biggest disappointment. If you can't score the goals to win the game, you have to make sure you don't concede."
- 22JanmaatBooked at 62mins
- 27TaylorBooked at 45mins
- 14ColbackBooked at 79mins
- 25ObertanSubstituted forAaronsat 27'minutes
- 7SissokoBooked at 49mins
- 28AmeobiSubstituted forCabellaat 66'minutes
- 9CisséSubstituted forPérezat 45'minutes
- 37SkrtelBooked at 44mins
- 6LovrenBooked at 89mins
- 14HendersonBooked at 72mins
- 24AllenSubstituted forBoriniat 66'minutes
- 10CoutinhoSubstituted forLambertat 80'minutes
- 4K Touré
- Andre Marriner
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Newcastle United 1, Liverpool 0.
Offside, Liverpool. Glen Johnson tries a through ball, but Rickie Lambert is caught offside.
Dejan Lovren (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Dejan Lovren (Liverpool).
Rémy Cabella (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt saved. Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mario Balotelli.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) because of an injury.
Hand ball by Rémy Cabella (Newcastle United).
Attempt missed. Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Rémy Cabella with a through ball.
Attempt missed. Rémy Cabella (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Ayoze Pérez.
Substitution, Liverpool. Rickie Lambert replaces Philippe Coutinho.
Jack Colback (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Jack Colback (Newcastle United).
Attempt blocked. Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Simon Mignolet.
Attempt saved. Rémy Cabella (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ayoze Pérez.
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Tim Krul.