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Adam Lallana: Liverpool need Europa League trophy to catch winning bug

Published 06/05/2016

Adam Lallana turned home Liverpool's third against Villarreal
Adam Lallana turned home Liverpool's third against Villarreal

Adam Lallana believes Europa League glory can see Liverpool catch the winning "bug" and serve as a catalyst to a period of success under Jurgen Klopp.

Progress to the club's first European final in nine years arrived in comprehensive fashion at Anfield, where the home faithful roared their team onto a 3-0 victory against Villarreal in the second leg of their semi-final.

Bruno Soriano's own goal and a Daniel Sturridge strike put Klopp's side ahead, with Victor Ruiz's sending-off followed by Lallana extending their advantage.

Liverpool's 3-1 aggregate win means they will travel to Basle for the final on May 18 against Sevilla, who are looking to win an unprecedented third successive Europa League.

Unai Emery's side hold little fear for a side that have overcome the likes of Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund, with Lallana hopeful of securing what he believes would be a key victory in the Klopp era.

"They've won it the last two years - it's going to be a difficult game," Lallana said.

"We'll respect them and what they've achieved, but we'll be focusing on ourselves. If we play like that, we can beat anyone.

"We've experienced losing in a final (against Manchester City in the Capital One Cup) and it is not nice.

"I think the experience of that day will help us, even in such a short turnaround to this final.

"It is a young squad but I feel we need to win something to feel what it is like to win and almost make it like a bug, just keep going."

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)

Lallana is desperate to erase the memory of February's penalty shoot-out loss to City at Wembley and, having come up the leagues with Southampton, appreciates such an occasion more than some.

The England international believes an exciting end to the season awaits and highlighted the change in mindset implemented by Klopp.

"It doesn't matter what team is selected, whether it is attacking or defensive," Lallana said.

"I think as long as you've got the same mentality, the same game plan, you all stick to it and you're on the same wavelength, then it doesn't matter if you're playing 4-4-2, 4-3-3.

"The system is irrelevant as long as you're all fighting for each other and are willing to press and willing to feel a bit of pain for each other, then you can put on performances like that.

"You can sense it when the opposition is rattled and they don't like it. It is a great feeling."

Lallana was one of the star performers in an impressive all-round Liverpool display, continuing the improvements made under Klopp's tutelage.

It is a timely run of form given the Europa League final is followed by England's shot at Euro 2016 success, and the attacking midfielder is grateful for his manager's trust.

"I just think he realises my qualities," Lallana said.

"They might not always stand out, I might not always be man of the match every week, but I think he just appreciates what I bring to the team.

"Whether you see that or not, he's the only man whose opinions matters.

"I am grateful that he appreciates me and I feel that I give my best every week for the team, I just want the team to achieve things and do well.

"This is our second final this year but we know we need to bring the cup home."

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