The argument of course being that a red scouse win would almost ensure Newcastle’s qualification for the Europa League as a minimum, barring Chelsea winning the Champions League etc etc.
I beg to differ, I want Everton to win.
I’ve got no love for the blue scosuers either but I’m sick of hearing the blind defence of Liverpool by all their media mates, despite a fortune being wasted on some very mediocre players, leading to Kenny’s boys being literally nowhere in the league.
Plus of course do we really want Kenny, Craig, Andy and Jose to be one step nearer to very fortuitously winning another medal?
The only relevance of the cup semi anyway would be with regard to the Europa league anyway and are we really desperate to be in it?
For me there are only two objectives.
The first is the ultimate hike up of Newcastle’s ambitions, qualification for the Champions League. If this was achieved then overnight (if managed correctly by people throughout the club, from the very top downwards) it could propel Newcastle United into the top bracket of English clubs, with every chance of it being sustained in coming years if properly financed and a strategy in place.
The secondary, and only other aim for me, is to finish ahead of as many of the ‘big’ clubs as possible.
Liverpool are all put put to bed, we are currently two points ahead of Chelski and level on point with Spurs. If we could add the scalp of at least one of those to the scousers then it will have been a truly massive season.
If a side product of that is we qualify for the Europa League then all well and good but the major point will be having put down a marker saying we can finish above these teams.
What hopefully it would also do would be to make Mike Ashley have the confidence and ambition to give Alan Pardew the tools to continue the miracle he’s achieved so far.
Champions League qualification would be a miracle, finishing above the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs quite remarkable, qualifying for the Europa League a dubious reward.