The triumph by the red half of Merseyside means that Liverpool will be playing either Chelsea or Spurs in the final and so long as both of those sides finish in the top six, then sixth place would be guaranteed a Europa League placing. Surely even Newcastle can’t manage to get out of the top six at this stage!

This is a magnificent tribute to the job Alan Pardew has done at St.James’ Park, to have taken a small but skilful squad to this position so quickly, is almost Keegan-esque.

We have to hope though that this is only the start, as opportunities were wasted by the owners under KK and Sir Bobby to build lasting success….I always quite liked the Jocks until Dalglish and Souness came along.

So it is a bit like ‘Who wants to be a millionaire’ now, the Europa League is (all but) safe and we now have a free go at the Champions League placings.

Best thing of all is that we have got the players to fire us into that premium competition.