A six goal thriller at St. James’s park with the reds cementing their place at the top of the tree.
Two from Steven Gerrard, a Hypia header, a Babel toe-poke and an Alonso penalty ensured top spot over the Christmas and New Year period.
Liverpool commanded the game throughout and it would have been a bigger winning margin but for the heroic’s of Shay Given in Newcastle’s goal.
The Irishman produced save after fine save to keep the scoreline respectable.
Despite resting in form Robbie Keane, Riera and Xabi alonso, the team looked composed in defence and enterprising in attack.
With Chelsea only drawing at Fulham, the reds are now three points clear at the top of the table.