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Andy Carroll left looking close to tears, mouthing obscenities towards manager Kenny Dalglish after an embarrassing return. Jose Enrique left the pitch wearing the goalkeeper’s jersey after Pepe Reina’s sending off. Newcastle United’s humiliation of Liverpool looks complete.

A thoroughly entertaining, drama-packed game ended in a victory for Newcastle that takes them 11 points clear of Liverpool in sixth place and level on points with Chelsea in fifth.

It was Liverpool’s sixth defeat in seven league games and was an agonising experience for the two players who left Newcastle to join a “bigger club” in 2011.

Enrique was tortured by Hatem Ben Arfa, Carroll just looked like he was being tortured by the whole experience, failing to take two good chances in the first half, his every touch booed and jeered by “his people”.

To make matters worse, his replacement in the No 9 shirt, Papiss Cisse, scored both Newcastle’s goals.

Liverpool were the better side until Newcastle opened the scoring, exploiting the home side’s fragility down the left-flank where Jonas Gutierrez was deployed as a makeshift full-back.

There were also some encouraging early signs from Carroll, who looked dominant in the air. The Geordie, though, is a pale imitation of the marauding No 9, who once wore black and white stripes, whenever he is put in a goalscoring position, as he illustrated here.

Beating Mike Williamson in the air, Carroll was able to run on to his own header, skip past the covering James Perch to bear down on goalkeeper Tim Krul.

The entire stadium seemed to hold its breath. Carroll took the ball past Krul, but the goalkeeper withdraw his arm to allow him past. Carroll, anticipating contact that never came, tripped over his own feet. If he had stayed upright, he could have rolled the ball into the empty net, instead referee Martin Atkinson showed him a yellow card for cheating.

The locals roared their delight and then turned their venom on him for diving. Even Alan Pardew berated his former striker.

Krul was needed to turn a deflected cross from Craig Bellamy on to the bar and Carroll also went close with a header – in fact he probably should have hit the target – after another cross from the Welshman looped up off Williamson.

Liverpool also felt they should have had a penalty when Danny Simpson prevented Williamson from scoring an own goal with his arm. Another hard-luck story for Dalglish to bemoan.

Newcastle took the lead soon after in stylish fashion. Hatem Ben Arfa picked the ball up on the right, drifted around Jay Spearing and then delivered a perfect cross – just over the head of Martin Skrtel – to pick out Cisse. The centre forward still had work to do, guiding his header back across goal and in off the inside of the far post.

The game had turned in Newcastle’s favour. A deflected shot from Demba Ba had Reina scrambling and Cisse should have made it two just before the break, but this time his header, from Danny Guthrie’s cross, drifted wide.

Newcastle needed a second goal and came close two minutes into the second half when Williamson’s header hit the post.

It was not long in coming, though. Once again Ben Arfa caused panic in the Liverpool defence. A sharp one-two with Ba appeared to play him in, but the ball instead went across goal to Cisse – who was offside when Ba touched it – but rounded Reina to score a simple second and his seventh goal in as many games since a £10m move from Freiburg.

Liverpool almost replied immediately when a mistake by Krul presented the ball at the feet of Luis Suarez, but his shot was blocked by Perch. They did not look like scoring again after that.

There was still time for Reina to be dismissed, stupidly pushing his head into Perch’s face. Liverpool are in disarray.

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