Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has opened up on his heartbreak after the Reds’ Europa League final defeat to Sevilla.
The German’s side blew a one-goal lead and eventually lost 3-1 to the La Liga outfit who secured their third successive crown in Europe’s second-tier competition.
Klopp admits he thought about what he could have done differently in the aftermath of the game, which cost Liverpool a place in the Champions League this season.
In an exclusive interview with the Liverpool Echo, Klopp admits that Sevilla’s equaliser, coming against the run of play, knocked the stuffing out of his side.
“We can speak about finals and say we lost, absolutely right,” Klopp said.
“The problem is we were much the better team in the first half. We scored a second goal which was disallowed for offside.
“No penalty, disallowed goal, all that stuff but still 1-0 up.
“You don’t always have everything in your hands. You need to be lucky in a few moments. It’s not that you can play badly and still win.
“We were really good in that first half but obviously the season was too intense for us to strike back in that second half.
“When I think about it, it’s not an excuse for us or something.
“Think about how many games we had. It doesn’t make sense that you play the most important game when you already have 500 games in your legs.
“To think about it from a FIFA, UEFA or a FA perspective then it absolutely makes sense because we all love the game.
“But when I think about 48 teams for a World Cup or a European Championships or whatever the plans are, they forget the players in these plans.
“We conceded a goal too early in that second half from a little mistake.
“Over the whole season many teams, us included, made bigger mistakes without the opponent scoring the goal.
“Sevilla scored in that moment. It was 1-1 and for us it was a shock. You could see it. It was a shock for everybody.
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“We talk about atmosphere and if anybody in the stands tells me that in that moment they thought ‘and now we’ll come back’, it’s not true because nobody behaved like this.
“It was the moment when someone pushed a button and this time the volume went down.
“It wasn’t nice. We could have won the game in the first half, but we lost it in the second.
For sure I did [think about what I could have done differently] but only for one or two weeks after. Not any more. It would make no sense. It would be a waste of energy. You can’t change it any more.
“To make the same mistakes again that we made in that second half is not really likely.”