Liverpool FC will learn from Europa League final mistakes, says Klopp
Liverpool beaten in Europa League final by Sevilla and miss out on European football next season
May 19th, 2016
It’s been a rip-roaring adventure for Liverpool in the Europa League this season, although the Reds came a cropper at the final hurdle after being outclassed by Sevilla.
Liverpool led 1-0 at half-time although Sevilla produced a second-half masterclass to land the trophy and a place in next season’s Champions League.
Jurgen Klopp cut a dismayed figure at the final whistle, although the German was keen to draw positives from a campaign which saw the Merseyside team beat Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund and Villarreal.
“Obviously the first goal had a big influence on our game,” said the Liverpool manager. “At this moment we lost faith in our style of play, we changed from passing quick and simple to complicated and lost our formation. It was not compact any more.
“I’ve had this problem one or two times with this situation. The first half was ok, we deserved the 1-0, Sevilla played a lot of long balls to avoid our pressing game. We were not as good as we can be but everyone told me there were two handballs in the first half. There were some obvious decisions which went against us. In a final when it is close you need a bit of luck even when we hadn’t had any.
“We are disappointed and frustrated 100% but tomorrow or later in the week we will see it a little bit more clearly and we will use this experience, that is what we have to do. It is clear we are not in a European tournament next year so we don’t have football on Wednesday or Thursday, so we will have time to train and we will, for sure, come back stronger.
“We had a few moments where we have performed but then to have this consistency you need a bit more time. They are still young, the players’ first big final, but unfortunately it is the second time this season. We will use this experience together and then some day everyone will say Basel was a very decisive moment in the future of Liverpool.”