Liverpool may had had a healthy lead going in to the break after Daniel Sturridge’s audcadious effort gave the Reds the upper hand mid-way through the first half, but the defending Europa League champions weren’t about to be brushed aside as Unai Emery’s side scored three unanswered goals in the second half to claim their third trophy on the bounce.
“It was obvious the first goal of Sevilla had a big influence on our own game. In this moment we lost faith in our style of play. We changed from passing simply and quickly to complicated,” conceded Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, speaking to the press following the final whistle. “We lost our formation, so it was not compact anymore. We’ve had this situation one or two times before; as I said in the Chelsea game, we were quite happy we had the problem there,” he said with a half smile. “The first half was OK and we deserved the 1-0 [lead]. Sevilla played a lot of long balls to avoid our pressing game. We did OK but not as good as we can.”
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That, of course is telling; we did good, but nearly good enough to warrant a European trophy or the spot in the Group Stages of the Champions League that comes along with it. Maybe you can put that down to some terrible calls from the the referee. but that doesn’t change things one bit; they might have been there in the spotlight and come up short, but this isn’t the last you’ll hear from this side…
“You saw on the way to the final we had a few moments where we maybe over-performed – we were unbelievable, great and the boys showed what they are capable of, but then to have this consistency you need a little bit more time,” continued Klopp, waxing philosophical. “They are still young and this was their first big final – unfortunately their second [losing] final of the season, but it was a big final and we will use this experience together,” continued the charismatic German. “Then someday everybody will say Basel was a very decisive moment for the wonderful future of Liverpool FC.”