The Reds were lacklustre and didn't look motivated. The hosts did - and upped their work-rate considerably. No one was particularly disappointing for Liverpool, however, as much as the whole team simply misfired collectively.
A couple of performers were just a little more frustrating than others and, of them, Joe Allen topped the list. Jurgen Klopp is clearly showing patience with all his squad members but he may have to show a little more than most with Allen.
The midfielder was flat and didn't offer much against Newcastle. He was weak in the tackle, easily shrugged off and a passenger for most of the game.
It was a similar case for James Milner but more that he was big and strong in the tackles - so much so that he seemed to move slowly and awkwardly. The Liverpool man never seemed to be willing to make that extra run into space, simply choosing to offload the ball sideways and stand still while hinting that his team-mate should provide the creative workload.
No one was alone in not delivering to their full potential against Newcastle but Milner could have shown far, far more.
When Christian Benteke was replaced, Liverpool were caught on the counter and Daniel Sturridge looked rusty in the final third. But at least Klopp's men were imposing themselves and, at the very least, trying to force a goal (they even managed one that was incorrectly ruled for offside).
Benteke has had his moments so far at Liverpool and performed well under Klopp against Rubin Kazan in the Europa League.
But the Belgian is right now proving very inconsistent. He has games where he stands still and simply doesn't do anything. This was one of those games and that was the fear of many when Liverpool signed the forward from Aston Villa in the summer.