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Emotional Klopp beaming with pride as Liverpool pack bags for Basel

By Graham Luney

Published 06/05/2016

Final chapter: Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho celebrate victory
Final chapter: Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho celebrate victory

Jurgen Klopp's reaction said it all - he made his way onto the pitch and fist pumped the sky.

His clinical and composed side had just reached the Europa League final by beating Villarreal 3-0 at Anfield and 3-1 on aggregate.

An own goal from Bruno Soriano and further strikes from Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana sealed a place in the final against Sevilla in Basel on May 18 after the Spanish side overcame Shakhtar Donetsk 3-1 on the night and 5-3 on aggregate.

Villarreal had a 1-0 advantage from the opening leg but they offered little at Anfield and finished with 10 men after Victor Ruiz was sent off.

Striker Sturridge, who was left out of the first leg, said: "There will always be ups and downs in football.

"It is about being prepared to put your body on the line and take chances. It is a great feeling."

Sturridge has now scored in four of his past five appearances for Liverpool at Anfield in all competitions.

He added: "It was about soaking up the atmosphere and putting on a performance. We had to work our socks off tonight but at the end we got the result we needed and we deserved it.

"I'm grateful to God for all I've been blessed with. If you don't take shots you don't score so it's important just to be on the pitch, playing games and scoring goals."

Midfielder Lallana admitted the players had to dig deep to keep their European dream alive.

Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool celebrates victory after the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. Liverpool reach the Europa League Final winning 3-1 on aggregate. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool celebrates victory after the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. Liverpool reach the Europa League Final winning 3-1 on aggregate. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Liverpool's English midfielder Adam Lallana (L) celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp gestures after a 3-0 victory during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Adam Lallana of Liverpool (C) scores their third goal past goalkeeper Alphonse Areola of Villarreal during the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool shakes hands with Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool as he is substituted during the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge in action as Villarreal goalkeeper Alphonse Areola dives during the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool reacts during the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool and assistant coach Zeljko Buvac (R) shout during the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Adam Lallana of Liverpool (3R) celebrates with team mates and fans as he scores their third goal during the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge (C) celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge (L) celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Marcelino Garcia Toral head coach of Villarreal reacts during the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge (C) celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Marcelino Garcia Toral head coach of Villarreal reacts during the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge (R) celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge (Top R) celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (2nd L) speaks with Liverpool's Croatian defender Dejan Lovren (L) during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's English midfielder Adam Lallana (R) challenges Villarreal's French goalkeeper Alphonse Areola during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool fans hold up a banner about the Hillsborough disaster during the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge (2nd R) celebrates after an own goal from Villarreal's midfielder Bruno Soriano during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool players celebrate their first goal during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (R) speaks with Villarreal's coach Marcelino Garcia Toral during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino (R) vies for the ball against Villarreal's Argentinian defender Mateo Musacchio during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (R) celebrates his team's first goal during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's players celebrate their first goal during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge (centre) and Roberto Firmino (11) celebrate after Villareal's Bruno (left) scores an own-goal during the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
Villareal's Mateo Musacchio and Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho (right) battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool andMarcelino Garcia Toral head coach of Villarreal argue during the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: James Milner of Liverpool jumps for the ball during the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Adam Lallana of Liverpool and Denis Suarez of Villarreal battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge (4th L) strikes the ball towards the goal which makes contact with Villarreal's midfielder Bruno Soriano to score an own goal during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool celebrates as Bruno of Villarreal scores an own goal for their first goal during the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool celebrates as Bruno of Villarreal scores an own goal for their first goal during the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates his team's first goal during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: A banner reading '27 years too late' is held prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Banners and flags are waved on The Kop prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
The Liverpool squad are pictured ahead of the start of the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Banners and flags are waved on The Kop prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Liverpool fans show their support prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
The Villarreal team pose for a picture ahead of the start of the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
The Villarreal squad warm up before the start of the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool talks during the warm up prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Liverpool fans show their support in the streets prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PA
Liverpool fans light flares and surround the Villarreal team bus prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. PA
Liverpool fans Climb scaffolding prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
Liverpool fans light flares and surround the Villarreal team bus prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
The Liverpool team bus arrives ahead of the start of the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool fans show their support in the streets prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
Liverpool fans show their support in the streets prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
Liverpool fans show their support in the streets prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
Liverpool fans show their support in the streets prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
Liverpool fans Climb scaffolding prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
Liverpool fans light flares and surround the Villarreal team bus prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
The Villareal team bus arrives ahead of the start of the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool fans light flares and surround the Villarreal team bus prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
Liverpool fans light flares and surround the Villarreal team bus prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
Liverpool fans light flares and surround the Villarreal team bus prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
The Liverpool team bus arrives ahead of the start of the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool fans light flares in streets prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
Liverpool fans light flares in streets prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
Liverpool fans light flares in streets prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
The Villarreal team bus arrives ahead of the start of the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool fans light flares in streets prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
Liverpool fans light flares in streets prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
Liverpool fans light flares in streets prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
Liverpool fans line the streets prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
Liverpool fans line the streets prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
A woman waits in her house for the Liverpool team bus to arrive ahead of the start of the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool fans line the streets prior to the UEFA Europa League, Semi Final, Second Leg at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 5, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (2nd L) arrives at the stadium ahead of the start of the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge arrives at the stadium ahead of the start of the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Villarreal's coach Marcelino Garcia Toral arrives at the stadium ahead of the start of the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Villarreal fans are pictured before the start of the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Villarreal fans are pictured before the start of the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Villarreal fans are pictured before the start of the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Villarreal fans are pictured before the start of the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Fans wait outside the stadium prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Programmes for sale prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: A fan holds a flag reading 'We climbed the hill in our own way' outside the stadium prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Programmes for sale prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: A thank you message is seen in a Hillsborough Justice Campaign office window prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Pin badges for sale prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Fans walk past a Hillsborough Justice Campaign office prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Programmes for sale prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
A fan takes a photograph as fresh tributes adorn the Hillsborough Memorial outside the stadium prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
A fan takes a photograph as fresh tributes adorn the Hillsborough Memorial outside the stadium prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Fresh tributes adorn the Hillsborough Memorial outside the stadium prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Fresh tributes adorn the Hillsborough Memorial outside the stadium prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield on May 5, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool looks on during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Danny Ward of Liverpool smiles during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Martin Skrtel of Liverpool warms up during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Emre Can of Liverpool looks on during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Danny Ings of Liverpool warms up during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Danny Ings of Liverpool warms up during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool gestures during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool warms up during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: James Milner (2ndL) of Liverpool warms up with Danny Ings (L) during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Liverpool players warm up during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool looks on during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool looks on during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Kolo Toure of Liverpool warms up during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Kolo Toure of Liverpool warms up during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Christian Benteke of Liverpool stretches during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Kolo Toure of Liverpool warms up during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Kolo Toure of Liverpool warms up during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Kolo Toure of Liverpool warms up during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Emre Can of Liverpool juggles the ball during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool warms up during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool gestures during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool gestures during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Jordon Ibe (L) and Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool warm up during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Jordon Ibe (L) and Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool warm up during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Martin Skrtel of Liverpool warms up during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Martin Skrtel of Liverpool warms up during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Liverpool players warm up during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: James Milner (L) of Liverpool warms up during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool looks on during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: James Milner (C) of Liverpool warms up with Danny Ings (L) during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Dejan Lovren of Liverpool laughs as he warms up with Christian Benteke (R) during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final Second Leg match against Villarreal at Melwood Training Ground on May 4, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)

"We knew it would be a difficult night, we knew they could get the away goal but credit to the lads," he said.

"The lads deserve to be in the final and hopefully we can win it.

"You have to show this competition respect and I feel we have done that.

"That killed the game (third goal). We showed great guts, we got the second goal and even with the second if they'd have got the goal they'd have won so to get the third goal with them being down to 10 men killed the game."

The Reds have only failed to score in one of their 21 home Europa League games and that was a scoreless draw against Braga in December, 2010.

Klopp admitted he was emotional after watching his side storm into the Swiss decider.

"A wonderful night, brilliant game from my side," said the German.

"What a performance. The first half an hour was a big emotion.

"It was great. The last 15 minutes of the first half we lost patience. The second half plan was to keep going with the emotional football but using the brain a bit more and in the end brilliant.

"Everyone spoke a lot about this team before I came here.

"It was all about quality and not good transfers, I came here because I thought they had a nice squad but now we are in the final - Basel - a longer season!

"We go to Basel. We take 50k, 60k not in the stadium - maybe 100k - it is a nice city by the way, close to my home."

He added: "The whole night. What can I say, it was unbelievable.

"If this is the difference from the Premier League then it's easy to change - create atmospheres like this in every game. We know what we have to do Sunday."

Former Reds hero Jamie Carragher joined in the praise, adding: "Fantastic performance by all but a special mention for Emre Can who was outstanding!"

Belfast Telegraph

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