For the second Premier League weekend Liverpool looked lacklustre and toothless in front of goal as they went down to a 1-0 defeat to Newcastle.
The game as a whole was rather sombre as both teams trudged across the pitch with a lack of ambition. Newcastle had the upper hand in the first half and as early as the 9th minute, they had a penalty claim waved away. The attack started as Gabriel Obertan took advantage of Liverpool's Alberto Moreno's missing in action due to a previous attack. As he cut the ball into the box, Sissoko stormed ahead of Joe Allen before Allen eventually bumped into Sissoko. However, Allen's challenge was deemed insufficient to being a foul.
Obertan had been causing Liverpool much danger but was forced off with an injury in the 26th minute. His replacement, Rolando Aarons, immediately made a contribution as he tormented Liverpool's other full back, Glen Johnson, into making a last ditch foul.
Glen Johnson's next contribution was better and vital as he cleared a Papiss Cisse header off the line in the 36th minute.
Liverpool were extremely poor during the first half, their struggles best summarised by Raheem Sterling who got behind the Newcastle defence but was let down by a poor first touch - ruling out a scoring opportunity - and a poor cross which was cleared away.
Liverpool were much more lively in the second half but as with the first half, could rarely turn their possession into something tangible.
Infact, it was during one of Liverpool's unsuccessful forward forays, they conceded the only goal of the game. In the 73rd minute, Glen Johnson had a wild shot blocked and consequently cannoned back into Newcastle's possession.
Newcastle then countered down the other side of the pitch and were soon within Liverpool's penalty area. Alberto Moreno intercepted Sissoko but instead of clearing with his right boot, he attempted to clear with his left, given Ayoze Perez the ample opportunity to snatch the ball away from him and score.
Just a few minutes later, Newcastle broke on the counter again as Ayoze and Remy Cabella worked their way around Glen Johnson to be in a 1-on-1 with Simon Mignolet. Somehow, Mignolet stood tall and managed to turn around a poor shot from Cabella.
From then on Liverpool huffed and puffed but never looked like scoring against a resolute Newcastle defence.