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Villarreal 1-0 Liverpool: Adrian Lopez late goal denies Reds in Europa League

Published 28/04/2016

Liverpool's German coach Jurgen Klopp waves at the end of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 28, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German coach Jurgen Klopp waves at the end of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 28, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Alberto Moreno of Liverpool reacts after a missed chance during the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Spanish defender Alberto Moreno lies on the field during the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 28, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's midfielder Adam Lallana (L) vies with Villarreal's Ivorian defender Eric Bally (2nd L) during the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 28, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino (R) vies with Villarreal's defender Mario (C) during the UEFA Europa League semifinal first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 28, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Villarreal manager Marcelino Garcia Toral argue on the touchline during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final, First Leg match at Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 28, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Villarreal. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Lucas (L) vies with Villarreal's forward Roberto Soldado during the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 28, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Adam Lallana of Liverpool takes on Jaume (L) and Bruno of Villarreal (R) during the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Villarreal's Congolese forward Cedric Bakambu gestures during the UEFA Europa League semifinal first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 28, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / BIEL ALINOBIEL ALINO/AFP/Getty Images
Villarreal manager Marcelino Garcia Toral controls the ball on the touchline during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final, First Leg match at Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 28, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Villarreal. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Jordon Ibe of Liverpool controls the ball from Cedric Bakambu of Villarreal during the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Ivorian defender Kolo Toure (L) vies with Villarreal's forward Roberto Soldado during the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 28, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Villarreal's defender Victor Ruiz (R) vies with Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino during the UEFA Europa League semifinal first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 28, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / BIEL ALINOBIEL ALINO/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Roberto Firmino (right) and Villarreal's Eric Bailly battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final, First Leg match at Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 28, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Villarreal. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
Villarreal's forward Roberto Soldado (L) gestures after missing an attempt on goal during the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 28, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Welsh midfielder Joe Allen (L) vies with Villarreal's Spanish midfielder Bruno Soriano (R) during the UEFA Europa League semifinal first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 28, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / BIEL ALINOBIEL ALINO/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's midfielder Adam Lallana (C) vies with Villarreal's Spanish defender Victor Ruiz (R) and Villarreal's defender Denis Suarez (L) during the UEFA Europa League semifinal first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 28, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / BIEL ALINOBIEL ALINO/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Croatian defender Dejan Lovren (R) vies with Villarreal's Congolese forward Cedric Bakambu during the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 28, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Joe Allen of Liverpool stretches to challenge Jonathan dos Santos of Villarreal during the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Denis Suarez of Villarreal holds off Nathaniel Clyne of Liverpool during the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: The Liverpool team line up prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
The Villareal team coach arrives followed by a yellow submarine ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi Final, First Leg match at Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal. PA
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool embraces Antonio Rukavina of Villarreal prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Villarreal fans show their support prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool and asistant manager Zeljko Buvac look on prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final, First Leg match at Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 28, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Villarreal. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final, First Leg match at Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 28, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Villarreal. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: A general view inside the stadium as Liverpool players warm up prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final, First Leg match at Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 28, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Villarreal. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Dejan Lovren of Liverpool (front) warms up with team mates prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Villarreal fans look on prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Nathaniel Clyne of Liverpool warms up with team mates prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
The Villareal team coach arrives followed by a yellow submarine ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi Final, First Leg match at Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal. PA
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Liverpool fans look on prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
The Villareal team coach arrives ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi Final, First Leg match at Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 28, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Villarreal. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
A general view of Estadio El Madrigal before the UEFA Europa League Semi Final, First Leg match at Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 28, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Villarreal. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: A general view inside the stadium prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Liverpool players on the pitch before the UEFA Europa League Semi Final, First Leg match at Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 28, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Villarreal. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
Liverpool's players run during a training session at the Madrigal Stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC. AFP/Getty Images
File photo dated 13-04-2016 of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who insists he does not need to tell his players the importance of their Europa League semi-final first leg in Villarreal as they have more than proved their hunger for the competition. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 28, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read Nick Potts/PA Wire.
Liverpool's forward Daniel Sturridege controls the ball during a training session at the Madrigal Stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Ivory coast defender Kolo Toure controls the ball during a training session at the Madrigal Stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Spanish defender Alberto Moreno kneels during a training session at the Madrigal Stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Ivory coast defender Kolo Toure runs during a training session at the Madrigal Stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German coach Jurgen Klopp walks during a training session at the Madrigal Stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's players run during a training session at the Madrigal Stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German coach Jurgen Klopp walks during a training session at the Madrigal Stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's players run during a training session at the Madrigal Stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's players run during a training session at the Madrigal Stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German coach Jurgen Klopp (R) speaks to his players during a training session at the Madrigal Stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German coach Jurgen Klopp (R) speaks to his players during a training session at the Madrigal Stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German coach Jurgen Klopp (R) speaks to his players during a training session at the Madrigal Stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Slovakian defender Martin Skrtel controls the ball during a training session at the Madrigal Stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German coach Jurgen Klopp a press conference at the El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German coach Jurgen Klopp a press conference at the El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Spanish defender Alberto Moreno speaks during a press conference at the El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Villarreal's coach Marcelino Garcia Toral speaks during a press conference at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semi-final first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Spanish defender Alberto Moreno speaks during a press conference at the El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Villarreal's forward Roberto Soldado looks on during a press conference at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semi-final first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Spanish defender Alberto Moreno speaks during a press conference at the El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Villarreal's forward Roberto Soldado looks on during a training session at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semi-final first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Villarreal's defender Denis Suarez (2ndL) and Villarreal's forward Roberto Soldado (2ndR) warm up during a training session at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semi-final first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Villarreal's forward Roberto Soldado gestures during a training session at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semi-final first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Villarreal players warm up during a training session at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semi-final first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Villarreal's Congoleseforward Cedric Bakambu (L) plays a ball with Villarreal's midfielder Bruno Soriano during a training session at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semi-final first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images

Liverpool have lost the first leg of their Europa League semi-final with Villarreal 1-0 in Spain.

A fortnight after an added-time winner put Liverpool into the last four of the Europa League, a similar fate befell them as they lost their semi-final first leg n Villarreal.

The match appeared to be heading for a stalemate until substitute Adrian Lopez poked home two minutes into injury time.

It was less dramatic than Dejan Lovren's header against Borussia Dortmund two weeks previously - Jurgen Klopp's side still have the home leg to come - but frustrating nonetheless as they had appeared to have ground out a draw.

Going to the El Madrigal, where the hosts have now won all seven Europa League ties this season and are unbeaten in the competition since matchday one on September 17, was always going to be tough - but the Reds seemed to have done the hard work until a momentary lapse in concentration cost them.

Daniel Sturridge was on the bench again for Liverpool - a pattern repeated over four European matches now - despite his four goals in the last five games. Roberto Firmino was given the role as a nominal centre-forward.

While the Brazil international did a lot of the hard yards, pressing from the front as per his manager's instructions, he could offer neither the pace nor precision Sturridge has.

Klopp had urged his players not to waste that dramatic win over his former side two weeks ago and Joe Allen, on his first European start since November 26 and only his fourth in the competition this season, almost got them off to a flier.

Arriving into the penalty area at speed in the fifth minute he could only direct Adam Lallana's cross straight at Sergio Assenjo when a shot a yard either side of goalkeeper would have produced the breakthrough.

Without the focal point of Divock Origi, who injured ankle ligaments a week ago in the Merseyside derby but fortunately does not require surgery and could make a return before the end of the season, Liverpool were aimless in the final third.

Too often crosses were swung in at no one in particular, giving centre-backs Eric Bailly and Victor Ruiz an easy ride.

As a result Villarreal had the better chances with former Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado off-target with two shots at either end of the half, while Simon Mignolet got down well to parry Tomas Pina's low effort.

Villarreal right-back Mario Gaspar also had efforts snuffed out by Kolo Toure, continuing in central defence with Mamadou Sakho now officially suspended by UEFA for a failed drugs test - and Lovren.

The ineffectual Philippe Coutinho - reportedly being watched by Barcelona scouts - was replaced by winger Jordon Ibe at the break after feeling unwell but within 40 seconds of the restart Cedric Bakambu headed against the post from Jonathan dos Santos' corner.

Firmino, having kept himself onside, responded midway through the half with a shot which Asenjo tipped onto the upright - but that was as close as the visitors came.

Mignolet came to their rescue three minutes from time when Bakambu seized on Ibe's mistake while charging full-back Alberto Moreno ignored the unmarked winger from a quick counter-attack and instead fired into the side-netting.

But in added time substitute Lopez slid home after Denis Suarez had outpaced Toure.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he does not need to tell his players the importance of their Europa League semi-final first leg in Villarreal as they have more than proved their hunger for the competition.

After dramatically beating Borussia Dortmund in the previous round Klopp's side were immediately installed as favourites.

However, the Reds boss has stressed there has been no talk of a possible final appearance in Basle next month.

"It is important to understand my players came into a semi-final because they were always ready for the moment and never thought about the next round," he said.

"It is important I show the players the respect they earned, which means I don't need to speak to them about things they did well.

"We are here because we respected this tournament each round. There is no doubt from my side.

"Villarreal did the same until now so it is not about talking about the final.

"Villarreal show the highest level of football each week; the Spanish league is unbelievably strong and they play with such balance, structure and discipline and if you let them they play football."

Liverpool's European campaign has been at odds with their domestic form and Klopp is undefeated in 10 European games as manager - only Joe Fagan (12) has a longer unbeaten run in Europe from the start of a managerial reign than the German.

However, they will take nothing for granted in Spain and even a goalless draw away from home may not be enough for Klopp.

"If we are really good and should win why should I be satisfied with a draw?" he added.

"It is not one per cent preparation for the game thinking about the result.

"It is always about the performance. The result is always the result of the performance, nothing else.

"We only need to think about what we do and there is nothing to think about results."

Liverpool will again be without defender Mamadou Sakho as he remains sidelined - at his and the club's volition - after failing a drugs test.

Klopp insists they have handled it the best way they can after Sakho, Press Association Sport understands, decided not to submit his B sample for testing after a 'fat-burning' substance was detected in his system following last month's Europa League tie against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

"It is not that we could do anything or we could not force anything, we have to wait," said Klopp.

"Until now we did what we thought was right, there is nothing else to say."

There is an outside chance Sakho could escape with a severe reprimand if there are extenuating circumstances but team-mate Kolo Toure was banned for six months while at Manchester City in February 2011 for a doping violation after taking 'water tablets' on the recommendation of his wife and it appears Sakho is more likely to incur a similar suspension.

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