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Last Night’s Magnificent Liverpool Win – Has Connotations For Newcastle

It was one of the best days for Liverpool Football club last night, as they seemed to do the impossible as they beat Barcelona 4-0 at Anfield to advance to the Champions League final for the second year running.

It was a magnificent performance from the Reds – really unbelievable.

And two second-half goals from sub and former Newcastle midfielder Ginny Wijnaldum put them at 3-0 in the second half – with former Newcastle winger James Milner also playing a big part last night.

After Ginny’s second goal it was all square after Barcelona had won 3-0 at home in the first leg.

Rafa Benitez – can elevate Newcastle to challenge Liverpool in future

And then from a wonderful corner taken by Alexander-Arnold (what a plyer this lad is) had caught the Barca defense sleeping, Origi got his second goals of the night as he joyously slammed the ball and the miracle was complete.

That goal will now be talked about for years!

Barcelona were well and truly a beaten side last night – make no mistake about that.

The faces of the Barcelona players at the end of the game seemed to be asking – what just happened?

This is exactly the type of atmosphere and wins Rafa Benitez can see on Tyneside in the not-too-distant future – and why he wants to stay.

If only he is supported.

The Liverpool and Newcastle fan bases have always been the best in the business.

And as we’ve said many times before there’s not much difference between the clubs – just that Liverpool have won the following titles since 1970.

11 league titles (no Premier League yet)
6 FA Cups
8 Football League Cups
5 Champions League titles
3 UEFA Cup (Europa League)

Liverpool fans – excuse me if I missed one or two out  – I make that 33 titles,  not including super cups and Charity Shield games and stuff like that.

Newcastle have won nothing since 1970.

So that’s the only difference in the clubs.


But last night’s celebrations at  Liverpool could be on the agenda at Newcastle in the not too distant future.

There seems to be one man stopping it from happening right now – Mike Ashley.

But we have very high hopes for the upcoming summer transfer window and for the future of Newcastle United.

Sorry to be so positive -it must be the coffee.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

40 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    May 8, 2019 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #1

    I thought there was going to be a clause in Ginis’ contract for reaching the CL final. But then again that would not be a Penfold move, just a behind closed doors payment to MASH.

  • Lindisfarne

    May 8, 2019 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #2

    Chelsea have lost their appeal against Fifa’s decision to ban them from signing players during the next two transfer windows.

  • Jib

    May 8, 2019 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #3

    The Chronic talks about Ayoze Perez’ representative talking to Napoli
    and Inter Milan

    However his listed agents – the company InterLex Sport were dissolved via voluntary strike-off on 29th January

  • lesh

    May 8, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #4


    You posted a comment that the Uruguayan media had picked up on the supposed Mexican interest in NUFC and added more spice to the speculation by posting additional info that was reported elsewhere. Did it not occur to you that the Uruguayan media might have picked up on other reports, speculation, tosh?

    Now, the Blog’s buzzing with excitement and it appears that the wheels are turning again. What better to divert attention from Rafa’s situation or the course the good ship NUFC’s following – towards the rocks?

    It doesn’t take attention off the real problem does it? Again!

  • Jib

    May 8, 2019 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #5

    Learn stuff before flapping your bitter lips
    Gini played last year in Kiev vs Real Madrid
    NUFC received £125K 0.5% of his transfer fee

  • ScoopSouthAfrica

    May 8, 2019 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #6

    I have a hopeful vision the Newcastle have INEOS (if I have spelt it correctly) on the shirt next season.
    Well Abromovitchymacallit…. does not want to sell Chelski.

  • posada

    May 8, 2019 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #7

    Just looked at our players as per nufc.com
    Only 7 have contracts beyond the next 2 years.
    Only 2, Lascelles and Almiron have contracts over three years.

    What sort of strategy is at work.
    I do think some of the players feel they are worth improved terms. They can claim to be Premier League standard now after 2 years in the Prem.
    I know we are in the lower half, but they will believe that with 2/3 additions we should be in the top 8. I would agree with that.

    Perhaps the club are leaving options open for the new owners.
    Ever the optimist. Or perhaps a hopeless optimist.

  • Jib

    May 8, 2019 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #8

    My thick headed friend
    I said the journo was Uruguayan
    He said it live on tv on Spanish Language FoxSports
    which is beamed thoughout Latin America
    Central America and parts of the USA

  • G

    May 8, 2019 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #9

    Just read that about the Chelsea transfer ban, however the BBC website also reports ‘Chelsea can now appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport’ so the saga isn’t over yet.

  • Lindisfarne

    May 8, 2019 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #10

    Glasshouses Jibblet

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 8, 2019 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #11


    There is actually a lot of talent in the Scottish leagues a lot of it tends to fall by the wayside mind you not sure if its a mentality issue or some of the young boys get attracted to things outside of football (drink , women etc)!

    The ones who tend not to join the Old Firm recently have done better Robertson, Fraser and Mctominay all playing down south and would be a good asset to most teams in England!! Armstrong has been good since he left Celtic and I think Tierney and Forrest would do really well but seem to just be happy at Celtic…..

    Just can’t produce any decent centre halfs at the moment mind you!

  • Jib

    May 8, 2019 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #12

    You must remember when LPool
    were great in the seventies
    St John
    wtf happened !!!!

  • G

    May 8, 2019 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #13

    LCBP, agreed. Got family up in Glasgow, so often try and take in a game from my ‘pet team’ up there (Partick Thistle), and they certainly haven’t had a decent centre half in a good few years mate.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 8, 2019 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #14


    It’s at this point in the Ashley purple policy plan we should be starting to move players on who have matured at peak value for a sale!!

    Perez being a fine example of this if he is being priced at 25 million by us then he should be on wages of 70 to 100k a week but we won’t want to give him that as well as some others in the team who deserve it so will more than likely look to move some of them on for good prices and replace with cheaper players again!

    This isn’t how Rafa wants to work I think he would rather give his core players new contracts to keep them and then bring in more quality to play beside them which involves our wage ceiling being moved ! The club afford the extra wages no bother but then it would mean less for Charnley and Ashley to smuggle away….

  • Lindisfarne

    May 8, 2019 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #15

    NUFC may receive approx. £250k then if it is an all EPL CL final this year. I should not under estimate Lee Charnley, although maybe that is were his bonus came from.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 8, 2019 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #16

    @Jib and G

    Aye that Liverpool team had a scary amount of good players!

    The SFA don’t really help that organisation is stuck in the dark ages and won’t look at any new approaches for producing players at least the English FA made a change and put some faith in Southgate and it seems to be paying off

  • G

    May 8, 2019 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #17

    I always thought the Scottish World / Euro Cup songs tended to be better than the England ones (with the exception of 3 Lions of course)

  • RobLeenio

    May 8, 2019 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #18

    G, what about Fat Les Vindaloo?

    World in Motion is pretty good, too. I think that was even an official one.

  • RobLeenio

    May 8, 2019 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #19

    So, if the Chelsea appeal has failed, that means we’ll not be able to swap Hayden for Loftus Cheek. Shame, I think that would have been a great move for everyone.

    I would have hated seeing Hayden playing for Chelsea, mind.

  • DubaiMicky

    May 8, 2019 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #20

    Chelsea are appealing it Rob.

    No fat bird signing yet.

  • DubaiMicky

    May 8, 2019 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #21

    Or singing too LOL

  • jazzyp

    May 8, 2019 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #22


    Is that just wishful thinking mate

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 8, 2019 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #23

    Be rubbish if Hayden moves to West Ham and because its a London club starts to get England recognition etc

  • RobLeenio

    May 8, 2019 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #24

    jazzy, yeah, absolutely it was wishful thinking, based on nowt more than I thought it made sense.

    Rafa knows and rates Loftus Cheek (he brought him into the Chelsea 1st team squad), L-C likes Rafa and Hayden wants to move South. A swap would have been great for everyone.

    Micky, I can’t see CAS going against a 3 year UEFA investigation on this. The only grounds for appeal they have is that Real and Atletico had their bans suspended for a single window. That’s pretty shaky ground.

  • NY Mag

    May 8, 2019 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #25


    I think the window will be closed before Chelsea get any appeal process heard…

  • ronaldo aarons

    May 8, 2019 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #26

    Ban on cheapest from signing players but can still sell?

    Mike Ashley is currently scouring the rules for us to be banned.


  • ronaldo aarons

    May 8, 2019 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #27

    Cheapest? Chelsea.

  • ronaldo aarons

    May 8, 2019 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #28

    To be fair, I’m not really clued up on Chelsea issue and the ban. However, teams that have been banned before, Barcelona being one, we’re all allowed to sign players still while appeal ongoing.

    Personally think ban should mean a ban but when it hasn’t been fair then that’s just wrong and Chelsea have been done over.

  • Moonraker15

    May 8, 2019 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #29

    I for one would be more than happy to see Ayoze go if we got a reasonable fee for him, say £15 million. Yes he’s scored some crucial goals fo us but he’s not gonna get 20 a season. Ayoze loses possession repeatedly and runs down blind alleys too many times. Rondon won’t score that many neither, but he holds play up and gets more assists so we must keep him.

  • ronaldo aarons

    May 8, 2019 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #30


    Rob Elliott got a couple twitter death threats because salah got injured.

  • ronaldo aarons

    May 8, 2019 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #31

    Who do you suggest replacing him with for £15m?

  • Bambams

    May 8, 2019 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #32

    He was not my favourite player but in this market and if the likes of Milan or Tottenham/Arsenal are looking at Perez I would be asking £35 million for him.

    Richarlson (Everton) cost £40 million, Sigurdsson even more.

    Today’s market is crazy

  • Moonraker15

    May 8, 2019 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #33

    Do you really think he’s worth more?

  • Moonraker15

    May 8, 2019 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #34

    Richarlison plays for Brazil! Sigurdsson for Iceland not I don’t rate him!
    Ayoze has had a handful of games where he’s scored a few goals!

  • Moonraker15

    May 8, 2019 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #35

    Ronaldo we won’t replace Ayoze for 15 million. That’s my point, we have to buy better quality and it will cost 30 million. I believe this is what Rafa is trying to do!

  • ronaldo aarons

    May 8, 2019 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #36

    Bus moved lol.

  • Munster Mag

    May 8, 2019 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #37

    I love perez but probably valued at 25 max

  • Bambams

    May 8, 2019 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #38


    Mate, it’s just this market is crazy. If you were to buy him to play in the Premier league that’s what I would be asking for him. We get quoted daft fees and I suppose he will guarantee 10-15 goals, maybe more in a more attacking team.

    That’s what I would ask mate, whether we got that….


  • JP...from The Rock

    May 8, 2019 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #39

    Apparently Perez has a clause of £25m in his contract- of course he does!!..nice one Charnley you muppet!!

  • Munster Mag

    May 8, 2019 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #40

    JP we got him for about 2mill, I wudnt blame charnley for a 25 mill clause. If we were offered that last summer we wud have ripped arms off?


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