Newcastle United: 

Tim Krul - 7

The Dutch keeper noticeably made a good save in the first half from Suarez, but didn't have much to do aside from a few other saves. Could've arguably done better with Gerrard's penalty as it wasn't in the corner, but a solid performance nevertheless. 

Mathieu Debuchy - 5

Didn't offer Newcastle much going forward and made a cynical challenge late on which received a needless booking. Defensively unreliable and gave away a ridiculous free-kick in stoppage time.

Mike Williamson - 8

Picked on the day as Coloccini was injured, Williamson looked extremely comfortable. Won many aerial duels and made some key challenges. Hopefully he will get a run in the team after such a dominant performance. 

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa - 4

Pardew, who earlier in the week stated Mbiwa will stay at Newcastle for the foreseeable future, might take a second look after a disastrous performance. Mbiwa looked exposed multiple times and gave away a ludicrous penalty when his side were in the lead.

Davide Santon - 5

Similar to Debuchy, wasn't his best performance, wasn't bombing forward as per usual understandably but suffered lapses of concentration, especially in the last 10 minutes with Sterling on the wing. 

Yoan Gouffran - 6

The Frenchman had a solid performance. Will mostly be remembered for his engine and tracking back. Looked good going forward but still needs to improve technically if he's going to become a star player. 

Moussa Sissoko - 5

Not much can be said for his performance after he had to be taken off after 40 minutes due to Mbiwa's red card. Had a stinging shot saved by Mignolet and held the ball well to give Newcastle control in the early stages.

Cheick Tiote - 8

Newcastle's best player on the day. Broke up the play multiple times during the match and also made key challenges. Although Newcastle had 10 men for the second half, Tiote maintained control for his side especially in the last few minutes to close the game out. 

Yohan Cabaye - 7

Scoring a great goal that swerved to decieve Mignolet. Once again playing with confidence after a turbulent start to the season with his transfer saga, looking close back to his best although hasn't regained full fitness just yet. Also assisted the second goal with a beautifully delivered free-kick.

Loic Remy - 6

Disappointing to see Remy play out wide on the left compared to his striking position. Wasn't involved for long periods, especially after the red card although he had a break away chance in the last 10 minutes that he squandered. 

Hatem Ben Arfa - 5

Unfortunately, Newcastle's talisman couldn't stamp his authority during the game. Maybe Pardew played him upfront as he was worried about his tracking back, but he was often isolated and never had space to express his usual self. 

Paul Dummett (Substitute) - 7

Came on after 40 minutes and scored a great goal at the back post in the second half. Looked reasonably solid and showed great composure for a 22 year old in centre defence.

Sammy Ameobi - N/A

Didn't come on for long but looked ambitious and confident to run at the Liverpool side to run down the clock as Newcastle got their draw.

Vurnon Anita - N/A

Although he came on late, along with Tiote helped Newcastle close the game out. Showed great appetite in the closing stages.

Liverpool 

Simon Mignolet - 5

The Belgian was slightly unlucky with Yohan Cabaye's swerving strike but will feel he could have done more. Didn't have many saved to make aside from a good strike from Sissoko. 

Kolo Toure - 6

Average performance from the Ivorian. Not troubled during much of the game but would have expected more from the numerous corners Liverpool had, especially in the first half.

Martin Skrtel - 6

Same as Toure, could've offered more from set pieces otherwise a comfortable performance with Ben Arfa not offering much to trouble him.

Mamadou Sakho - 5

Probably the poorest defender on the day, Sakho as well as Cissokho will feel they should have done more to prevent Newcastle's second goal.

Glen Johnson - 6

With his first start since September 1st, it was evident Johnson still lacks some match sharpness. Although, he was one of Liverpool's brightest sparks with players around him looking leggy. Had a few good chances he would wish he did better with. 

Steven Gerrard - 7

Liverpool's captain lead by example even with a leggy first half performance. His second half performance more then made up for it with many beautiful passes being made by the skipper. His penalty was cooly taken to rack up his 100th Premier League goal. 

Jordan Henderson - 4 

Lowest rating of both teams, the game seemed to pass Henderson by. With some poor shots towards the Newcastle goal as well as not showing much ambition defensively or offensively, it was evident this side missed Lucas. 

Aly Cissokho - 5 

The Frenchman was arguably at fault for Newcastle's second goal. He looked quite one-dimensional at times looking reluctant to cut inside. Didn't seem to have enough imagination to match his team-mates.

Victor Moses - 6 

Average performance which will disappoint a lot of fans after a string of impressive performances. 

Daniel Sturridge - 5

Looked incredibly leggy up front today. Lacked his usual imagination and could tell it wouldn't be his day today. Although he scored a goal, he couldn't have missed with most of the work done by Suarez. 

Luis Suarez - 7

The striker looked a bit tired in the first half but woke up in the second where he created Liverpool's second goal. He also won the penalty for Gerrard to stroke home and contested Gerrard to be Liverpool's best player on the day.

 

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