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Villarreal 1-0 Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp not concerned by Europa League defeat

By Carl Markham

Published 29/04/2016

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 manager Jurgen Klopp was far from concerned by his side's 1-0 defeat in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final in Villarreal.

Substitute Adrian Lopez capitalised on a momentary lapse in concentration in the second minute of injury time to give the home side the advantage ahead of the return in a week's time.

However, on recent evidence - when Liverpool produced a miraculous recovery to knock out then-favourites Borussia Dortmund a fortnight ago - the return at Anfield is far from a foregone conclusion.

"Things are possible with 1-0, it is not the biggest result in the world. Villarreal know a lot more about us and they will respect us," he said.

"Now we have to find solutions to a few things but I saw we are in a good way. I saw a lot of things that show we can [win].

"To be honest it is the first leg. My first thought was, 'Sorry, but it is not over, you have to come to Anfield too and we will be ready'.

"With the help of Anfield we can do it - but please don't compare with Dortmund."

Midfielder Joe Allen had Liverpool's best chance in the just the fifth minute but when left-back Alberto Moreno, who rifled a late shot into the side-netting with substitute Jordon Ibe better placed in the middle, got caught upfield it left Kolo Toure exposed to the much younger Denis Suarez who squared for Lopez.

"Maybe the youth (inexperience) came through. Until then it was really a professional performance," added the German.

"After controlling a game in most parts a 92nd-minute counter-attack sounds like it is - not too good and everyone knows it and it should not happen.

"I've seen some unbelievable mistakes in my career but I don't think about things like this. It happens.

"It was not too smart. There are lot of things we could ask but it makes no sense.

"It is not a moment for disappointment. If the players want to be angry for 10 minutes then do it and move on."

Villarreal manager Marcelino is also not getting ahead of himself.

"We managed a good result but we don't know if it will be short or not until the end of the tie," he said.

"It was not an unfair result and we didn't beat Liverpool by being lucky."

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