Dirk Kuyt scored his eighth goal in seven Barclays Premier League matches as Liverpool ran out 3-0 winners at home to Newcastle to move into fifth place.
The Holland international struck from the penalty spot in the second half to double the lead given to his side by Maxi Rodriguez's fourth in two games.
Luis Suarez added a third but former Magpies striker Andy Carroll could not score against his old club despite a 20-minute substitute appearance.
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