Liverpool showed it has plenty of attacking options even without Luis Suarez by routing Newcastle 6-0 in the Premier League on Saturday as the striker started a 10-match ban for biting an opponent.
Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson each scored twice, while Daniel Agger and Fabio Borini also found the net in a dazzling display that shifted the spotlight away from the club's battle with the football authorities over Suarez's ban.
Suarez was accused of damaging the image of English football by sinking his teeth into Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during a match last Sunday.
Liverpool and the Uruguay striker, who was banned for eight matches last season for racist abuse, reluctantly accepted the latest hefty sanction after disputing the length of the ban.
The 6-0 win lifted Liverpool's spirits but not its position in the standings, where it remains seventh.