This time last year the Reds already had the League Cup in the bag and were looking forward to an FA Cup final appearance against Chelsea.
But in a campaign of ups and downs, manager Brendan Rodgers says "not qualifying for Europe could be good for the club".
Jose Enrique: "In terms of football and for the future, I think we are improving.
"As the manager said from the start, it's difficult because he came to the club with another type of football that we're not really used to in England.
"It's difficult to get used to this system for players that have never played that type of football.
"Now you can see even in the games we are not winning, we are playing really well - Southampton (a 3-1 defeat earlier this month) is the only game that we didn't play that well.
"Against West Ham (on Sunday) we tried until the end and played really well; we didn't have luck in the final third.
"Of course, last year we played two finals and won one of them - you can see how difficult it is to win a trophy.
"We won one last year and nothing this year, but in terms of the future we have made progress.
"He (manager Brendan Rodgers) wants the full-backs to try to be another attacking player.
"It's good because it's not just about defending and then attacking sometimes, he wants us to go all the time as another attacking player.
"It's really good, I really enjoy this type of football."
Source: Newcastle United Mad