Liverpool boss shoulders blame after 3-1 Europa League final defeat

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed his confusion after his side collapsed in the second half to let Sevilla come from a goal down to beat them 3-1 in the Europa League final.

The Reds seemed in full control against the La Liga side during the first period, with Klopp’s men creating chance after chance and putting Sevilla under immense pressure.

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They took the lead thanks to a brilliant finish from Daniel Sturridge in the 35th minute, and had another goal disallowed when Sturridge seemed to be in an offside position following Dejan Lovren’s header.

However, it took Sevilla only 17 seconds after the second half kick-off to level the score, as Kevin Gamiero tapped the ball into an empty net.

It was then Unai Emery’s side that attacked Liverpool’s defence in waves, with Coke scoring a brace to gift Sevilla their third straight Europa League win.

And Klopp was bemused by the performance, but shouldered the blame refusing to point fingers his players.

“It was obvious the first goal was a big influence on our game – we lost faith in our style of play.” he is quoted by the Mirror.

“We changed from passing simply and quick to slow and complicated and lost our formation, it was not compact any more.

“But in my situation as a manager of the team, all you have to do is self criticism and nothing else. It is my job to help the players react in different situations better, so I can improve a lot.”

The German was, however, unhappy with several refereeing decisions, but did not cite them as an excuse.

“Everybody told me about two handballs in the first half. Today there were four decisive decisions, very obvious decisions that went against us in a final,” he said.

“When it’s close you need a little luck in a final and we hadn’t. But it wasn’t an influence on this – it was our game.

“I’ve been around the block, this is not a situation I’ve seen many times in a final, and never in a final have I had a bad decision made in my favour. Today there were two penalties, and other decisions against us.

“Having said that, the important thing to do when you lose is look at the man in the mirror and criticise yourself. That is what we will do.”