Read Lee Ryder's match report as Newcastle United slump to a fifth straight defeat and Moussa Sissoko sees red
The problem runs deeper than that at Newcastle these days. Too many in black and white shirts don’t know how to represent the club properly.
Already on a silly yellow card for arguing after clashing with Glen Johnson, Sissoko lunged in on Lucas with a ridiculous challenge that could have broken his leg.
The worst part about it was Sissoko knew fine well he’d already been booked and just like Fabricio Coloccini a few weeks earlier across Stanley Park at Everton, another so-called leader of the club set off for a walk of shame.
Just like the gutless showing at Sunderland, only a handful of Newcastle players deserve some credit.
And no sale means United fans are lumbered with a regime that prefer to chase healthy balance sheets rather than put a team on the pitch that reflects their passionate fans.
Newcastle have not won at Anfield since 1994 in the Premier League and it could be a long time until they do so again when players display such a poor attitude.
The most striking thing about the current Newcastle team is how they aren’t struggling further down the table.
They lie rooted to the bottom of the form table in the Premier League and that’s where they’ll stay at this rate.
John Carver made three changes to the starting line-up that served up a pathetic showing in the Wear-Tyne derby.
Mehdi Abeid, Gabriel Obertan and Vurnon Anita came in while Jonas Gutierrez was surprisingly dropped while Yoan Gouffran and Sammy Ameobi were deservedly axed.
The Magpies players who lined up for the clash had something to prove after the appalling derby defeat at the Stadium of Light and they made a much better start to the game.
Indeed, with just a couple of minutes on the clock Gabriel Obertan made a powerful run from right to left before picking out Remy Cabella who saw his shot deflected over in front of the Kop.
However, Liverpool took full control on nine minutes after allowing Raheem Sterling plenty of room to weave through the defence and curl home past Tim Krul.
It was goal that did little to prove those who feel Newcastle are already on their summer holidays wrong.
The Sterling strike resulted in delight for home fans but Newcastle fans responded with a chant of: “You’re not that special - we lose every week.”
Liverpool looked like a team that sensed they could rack up the goals at Anfield.
And Geordies feared the worst as Philippe Coutinho’s audacious back heel had Liverpool fans off their feet.
Sterling had Ryan Taylor running scared at times and without ample cover from Colback he could have caused more damage.
Newcastle offered very little going forward in the opening exchanges either.
And that only happened after Daryl Janmaat pushed himself from centre-back to the final third of the Liverpool half to set up Obertan who then crossed before Abeid shot tamely at Simon Mignolet.
But Newcastle had Tim Krul to thank nine minutes before the break after he pushed away Lucas’ header with a superb block to push the ball to his left.
Moments later United were denied what looked like a clear penalty when Dejan Lovren upended Ayoze Perez.
It was a moment in which even the Liverpool fans around the Press box felt it was a clear spot-kick but ref Lee Mason waved protests.
Janmaat played a direct ball towards the box for Perez whose header was clawed away by Mignolet.
Then just before the whistle, Sissoko crossed from the right for Abeid but he sent his shot over the bar.
As the players left the field Jack Colback made his point about the penalty appeal to Mason.
Newcastle started the second half in the same way they’d ended the first but the lack of quality that has affected their season so badly again seeped back in.
Four corners in the first eight minutes of the second period were wasted and even when Sissoko did hold off his man and get a shot in it was a tame effort that was easy for the keeper.
Newcastle then offered Liverpool a gift wrapped opportunity when Ryan Taylor’s poor clearance fell perfectly for Sterling.
Yet he somehow screwed it wide with the goal yawning in front of the Kop.
Just before the hour mark and the Magpies created another chance when Abeid sent one wide of the post.
The Kop side teased United down the left hand side when Emre Can’s cross fell kindly for Joe Allen following Williamson’s nervous defending.
Allen wasn’t going to turn down one of the easiest goals of his career and the Kop rose to applaud the second strike.
Newcastle spluttered through the closing stages with 10 men after Sissoko’s stupid tackle.
The Magpies couldn’t even manage a consolation after Ryan Taylor sent a free-kick over the top.
Newcastle slip to their fifth defeat in a row and will level the run of six losses on the spin last season under Alan Pardew if they lose to Spurs.
It's almost as if avoiding relegation this term would paper over the some of the deep cracks at St James' Park. And unless there's a major change in attitude on and off the field that's the likely outcome for Newcastle.