Newcastle’s only goal for the game against Liverpool came in the 73rd after some dreadful defending from Liverpool allowed Perez to blast it ftom close range.
Liverpool is in contract talks with Steven Gerrard over the coming weeks to reassure their captain they want him to extend his career at Anfield, but the former England midfielder may be forced to accept a reduced playing role before committing to a new deal.
Brendan Rodgers has made it clear to Gerrard he wants him at the club beyond this season, and the same message will be relayed by the club hierarchy to prevent any possibility of the 34-year-old moving elsewhere.
However, with Gerrard set to turn 35 before his contract expires next summer, the player could be faced with the dilemma of remaining at Liverpool and playing fewer games or accepting lucrative offers from overseas, with interest anticipated from clubs in the United States.
Gerrard said earlier this week it was “Liverpool’s decision” whether he remained at his boyhood club, and those comments have prompted a positive response at boardroom level as well as the manager’s office.