Liverpool proved well capable of coping without Luis Suarez as they thumped Newcastle United 6-0 at St James Park in Saturday’s late Premier League kick-off.
Daniel Agger’s header gave the Reds an early lead, which was doubled on seventeen minutes when Jordan Henderson grabbed his fourth league goal of the season.
Two second-half goals in six minutes from Daniel Sturridge put the result beyond doubt before Fabio Borini scored his first ever Premier League goal on his return to first team action, shortly after taking to the field in place of Steven Gerrard.
The hosts then lost Matthew Debuchy after the defender picked up a second yellow card for a foul on the impressive Philippe Coutinho before Henderson wrapped up the win with his second and the Reds sixth.
The result keeps Brendan Rodgers men in seventh place ahead of next weekend’s Merseyside derby at Anfield, and while their hopes of finishing in the top five are all but extinguished, there is an outside chance the club could qualify for the Europa League due to their fair play this season.
Liverpool are currently second behind Arsenal in the Premier League fair play table, whilst England, who would need to finish in the top three for qualification to be possible, are fourth behind Norway, Sweden and Finland.
Finally, Luis Suarez has been named in the PFA Team of the Year, though the Uruguayan missed out on the top prize, coming second to Tottenham Hotspur’s Gareth Bale.