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Blame me for Liverpool Euro crash - Jurgen Klopp

By Simon Hughes

Published 19/05/2016

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge looks dejected after the final whistle during the UEFA Europa League Final at St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland.David Davies/PA Wire.
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge looks dejected after the final whistle during the UEFA Europa League Final at St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland.David Davies/PA Wire.
Liverpool's Emre Can looks dejected during the UEFA Europa League Final at St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland. Adam Davy/PA Wire.
Liverpool's James Milner shows his dejection during the UEFA Europa League Final at St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland. David Davies/PA Wire.
Liverpool supporters look dejected in the stands during the UEFA Europa League Final at St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire.
BASEL, SWITZERLAND - MAY 18: Mariano of Sevilla and Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool compete for the ball during the UEFA Europa League Final match between Liverpool and Sevilla at St. Jakob-Park on May 18, 2016 in Basel, Switzerland. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
BASEL, SWITZERLAND - MAY 18: Coke of Sevilla celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League Final match between Liverpool and Sevilla at St. Jakob-Park on May 18, 2016 in Basel, Switzerland. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
BASEL, SWITZERLAND - MAY 18: Coke of Sevilla celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League Final match between Liverpool and Sevilla at St. Jakob-Park on May 18, 2016 in Basel, Switzerland. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
BASEL, SWITZERLAND - MAY 18: Coke of Sevilla celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League Final match between Liverpool and Sevilla at St. Jakob-Park on May 18, 2016 in Basel, Switzerland. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
BASEL, SWITZERLAND - MAY 18: Kevin Gameiro of Sevilla celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the UEFA Europa League Final match between Liverpool and Sevilla at St. Jakob-Park on May 18, 2016 in Basel, Switzerland. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
BASEL, SWITZERLAND - MAY 18: Kevin Gameiro of Sevilla celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the UEFA Europa League Final match between Liverpool and Sevilla at St. Jakob-Park on May 18, 2016 in Basel, Switzerland. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
Sevilla's French forward Kevin Gameiro (R) runs with the ball towards the goal theduring the UEFA Europa League final football match between Liverpool FC and Sevilla FC at the St Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, on May 18, 2016. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINIFABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's English forward Daniel Sturridge (3rd R) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Europa League final football match between Liverpool FC and Sevilla FC at the St Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, on May 18, 2016. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL BUHOLZERMICHAEL BUHOLZER/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's English forward Daniel Sturridge celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Europa League final football match between Liverpool FC and Sevilla FC at the St Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, on May 18, 2016. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL BUHOLZERMICHAEL BUHOLZER/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's English defender Nathaniel Clyne (L) vies with Sevilla's midfielder Vitolo during the UEFA Europa League final football match between Liverpool FC and Sevilla FC at the St Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, on May 18, 2016. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINIFABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German head coach Jurgen Klopp reacts after Liverpool opened the score during the UEFA Europa League final football match between Liverpool FC and Sevilla FC at the St Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, on May 18, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
BASEL, SWITZERLAND - MAY 18: Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the UEFA Europa League Final match between Liverpool and Sevilla at St. Jakob-Park on May 18, 2016 in Basel, Switzerland. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
BASEL, SWITZERLAND - MAY 18: Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the UEFA Europa League Final match between Liverpool and Sevilla at St. Jakob-Park on May 18, 2016 in Basel, Switzerland. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge scores his side's first goal of the game during the match at St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland. Adam Davy/PA Wire.
Liverpool's Dejan Lovren (right) and Sevilla's Kevin Gameiro (centre) argue during the UEFA Europa League Final at St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland. David Davies/PA Wire.
Liverpool's English midfielder Adam Lallana (L) heads the ball next to Sevilla's Polish midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak during the UEFA Europa League final football match between Liverpool FC and Sevilla FC at the St Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, on May 18, 2016. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINIFABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images
ACCRINGTON, ENGLAND - MAY 18: Darius Charles of AFC Wimbledon and Billy Kee of Accrington Stanley battle for the ball during the Sky Bet League Two play off, Second Leg match between Accrington Stanley and AFC Wimbledon at The Crown Ground on May 18, 2016 in Accrington, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
BASEL, SWITZERLAND - MAY 18: Liverpool substitute players celebrate their team's first goal during the UEFA Europa League Final match between Liverpool and Sevilla at St. Jakob-Park on May 18, 2016 in Basel, Switzerland. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
BASEL, SWITZERLAND - MAY 18: Referee Jonas Eriksson separates Kevin Gameiro (2nd R) of Sevilla and Dejan Lovren (1st L) of Liverpool after Lovren's foul during the UEFA Europa League Final match between Liverpool and Sevilla at St. Jakob-Park on May 18, 2016 in Basel, Switzerland. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
BASEL, SWITZERLAND - MAY 18: James Milner of Liverpool and Yevhen Konoplyanka of Sevilla compete for the ball during the UEFA Europa League Final match between Liverpool and Sevilla at St. Jakob-Park on May 18, 2016 in Basel, Switzerland. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Alberto Moreno (right) and Sevilla's Filho Mariano battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League Final at St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland. David Davies/PA Wire.
Liverpool's Kolo Toure (right) and Sevilla's Ever Banega (left) battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League Final at St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland. Adam Davy/PA Wire.
Sevilla's Spanish defender Sergio Escudero (L) and Liverpool's English midfielder Adam Lallana vie for the ball during the UEFA Europa League final football match between Liverpool FC and Sevilla FC at the St Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, on May 18, 2016. AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANOJAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's English defender Nathaniel Clyne (L) vies with Sevilla's midfielder Vitolo during the UEFA Europa League final football match between Liverpool FC and Sevilla FC at the St Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, on May 18, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Belgian forward Divock Origi (L) vies with Sevilla's midfielder Vitolo during the UEFA Europa League final football match between Liverpool FC and Sevilla FC at the St Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, on May 18, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Sevilla's French midfielder Steven N'Zonzi (L) heads the ball next to Liverpool's German midfielder Emre Can during the UEFA Europa League final football match between Liverpool FC and Sevilla FC at the St Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, on May 18, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's (L) and Sevilla's players line up prior to the UEFA Europa League final football match between Liverpool FC and Sevilla FC at the St Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, on May 18, 2016. AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANOJAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images
BASEL, SWITZERLAND - MAY 18: Vitolo of Sevilla and Adam Lallana of Liverpool compete for the ball during the UEFA Europa League Final match between Liverpool and Sevilla at St. Jakob-Park on May 18, 2016 in Basel, Switzerland. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
BASEL, SWITZERLAND - MAY 18: Roberto Firmino of Liverpool controls the ball during the UEFA Europa League Final match between Liverpool and Sevilla at St. Jakob-Park on May 18, 2016 in Basel, Switzerland. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
BASEL, SWITZERLAND - MAY 18: Roberto Firmino of Liverpool appeals during the UEFA Europa League Final match between Liverpool and Sevilla at St. Jakob-Park on May 18, 2016 in Basel, Switzerland. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
BASEL, SWITZERLAND - MAY 18: Daniel Carrico of Sevilla clears the ball during the UEFA Europa League Final match between Liverpool and Sevilla at St. Jakob-Park on May 18, 2016 in Basel, Switzerland. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
BASEL, SWITZERLAND - MAY 18: Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool shoots at goal during the UEFA Europa League Final match between Liverpool and Sevilla at St. Jakob-Park on May 18, 2016 in Basel, Switzerland. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
Liverpool supporters before the UEFA Europa League Final at St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland. David Davies/PA Wire
Police inside the ground before the UEFA Europa League Final at St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland. Adam Davy/PA Wire.
A Liverpool supporter holds a scarf prior to the UEFA Europa League final football match between Liverpool FC and Sevilla FC at the St Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, on May 18, 2016. AFP PHOTO / SEBASTIEN BOZONSEBASTIEN BOZON/AFP/Getty Images
A Liverpool supporter holds a scarf prior to the UEFA Europa League final football match between Liverpool FC and Sevilla FC at the St Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, on May 18, 2016. AFP PHOTO / SEBASTIEN BOZONSEBASTIEN BOZON/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's supporters cheer their team prior to the UEFA Europa League final football match between Liverpool FC and Sevilla FC at the St Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, on May 18, 2016. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINIFABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's supporters cheer prior to the UEFA Europa League final football match between Liverpool FC and Sevilla FC at the St Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, on May 18, 2016. AFP PHOTO / SEBASTIEN BOZONSEBASTIEN BOZON/AFP/Getty Images
BASEL, SWITZERLAND - MAY 18: Sevilla supporters enjoy the atmosphere prior to the UEFA Europa League Final match between Liverpool and Sevilla at St. Jakob-Park on May 18, 2016 in Basel, Switzerland. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
BASEL, SWITZERLAND - MAY 18: Sevilla supporters enjoy the atmosphere prior to the UEFA Europa League Final match between Liverpool and Sevilla at St. Jakob-Park on May 18, 2016 in Basel, Switzerland. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
BASEL, SWITZERLAND - MAY 18: Liverpool supporters enjoy the atmosphere prior to the UEFA Europa League Final match between Liverpool and Sevilla at St. Jakob-Park on May 18, 2016 in Basel, Switzerland. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
Liverpool players warm up during the UEFA Europa League Final at St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland. David Davies/PA Wire.
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge before the UEFA Europa League Final at St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland.David Davies/PA Wire.
Liverpool's supporters hold a banner reading "you'll never walk alone" prior to the UEFA Europa League final football match between Liverpool FC and Sevilla FC at the St Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, on May 18, 2016. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINIFABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images
BASEL, SWITZERLAND - MAY 18: Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool points prior to the UEFA Europa League Final match between Liverpool and Sevilla at St. Jakob-Park on May 18, 2016 in Basel, Switzerland. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
BASEL, SWITZERLAND - MAY 18: Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool smiles prior to the UEFA Europa League Final match between Liverpool and Sevilla at St. Jakob-Park on May 18, 2016 in Basel, Switzerland. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
BASEL, SWITZERLAND - MAY 18: A Liverpool fan poses prior to the UEFA Europa League Final match between Liverpool and Sevilla at St. Jakob-Park on May 18, 2016 in Basel, Switzerland. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Liverpool fans gather outside St. Jakob-Park before the UEFA Europa League Final. Adam Davy/PA Wire.
A young Liverpool supporters shows his support ahead of the Europa League Final which is being screened at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. Peter Byrne/PA Wire
A view of the Europa League Trophy ahead of the UEFA Europa League Final at St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland. David Davies/PA Wire.
Liverpool supporters before the UEFA Europa League Final at St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland. David Davies/PA Wire.
Liverpool fans take a selfie on their way to St. Jakob-Park before the UEFA Europa League Final, Switzerland. Adam Davy/PA Wire.
Liverpool fans gather outside St. Jakob-Park before the UEFA Europa League Final. Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Manager Jürgen Klopp took responsibility for Liverpool's second half collapse in the Europa League final as they crashed 3-1 to Spanish side Sevilla in Basel last night.

Daniel Sturridge's wonderful goal had given Klopp's side control of the game but Kévin Gameiro's equaliser just 17 seconds after the break changed the course of events.

From that moment Liverpool's confidence drained and Sevilla's domination became absolute.Their fast, aggressive play was rewarded with victory thanks to further strikes from their captain, Coke.

It means that Liverpool will not feature in European competition next season and Sevilla progress to the Champions League instead after winning the competition three years in a row.

Klopp was disappointed with the reaction to Gameiro's strike - a consequence of a succession of mistakes made by Alberto Moreno, the former Sevilla left back.

"The first goal is not the problem," he said. "What happened after that is the problem. We lost faith completely in our style of play, we lost shape and we were nervous in defence.

"That shows our development is not as good as hoped. We have to carry on and use this experience, I am sure we will be strong. It is disappointment and frustration tonight.

"We are responsible for not being in the Champions League next season but now we have to use the time. We have to use it to train more and prepare more.

Klopp added: “It’s not about the size of the squad or how many players we have, it’s about using the time for training to get better, using this experience and I promise everyone, we will use it. We will use it. We will come back stronger, 100 per cent.

“The guys tried everything. We didn’t get it but we will come back.

“I’m responsible for this performance too — there’s no criticism allowed for my side. We couldn’t reach our level, and it’s my job to help the boys to see there’s opportunity, to not feel the pressure too much. It’s my job to help the team to react better. So, I can improve a lot.”

Unai Emery, the Sevilla manager, had instructed his players to “write history”.

This was his third Europa League triumph in succession.

“Maybe others should analyse what we do so well,” Emery said.

“I have my own theory, perhaps the level in Spanish football is very good but competitive also. It has been proven that Spanish teams compete passionately and in this circumstance they can win.”

The result means, indeed, that Klopp’s own run extends — he has now lost five cup finals in a row. “I know there are bigger problems in life,” he concluded. “But right now, it doesn’t feel like it.”

Liverpool captain James Milner (right) admitted that coping with Sevilla’s power and pace after the interval was too big an ask for his side.

“We’ve shown that character time and time again in this competition, but here we couldn’t do that,” he said. “That’s disappointing. When you leave yourselves too much to do one too many times, it’s pretty difficult to do it time and time again.

“It will take a long time to get over this but we have to regroup, take what belief we can and learn from what we can.

“We’ve been to two finals this year and not managed to get over the line, so we need to learn and make sure that next time we get there we finish the job.

“We gave a sloppy goal away in the first couple of seconds in the second-half and we never really got back.”

According to Milner, Liverpool will leave Basel with the regret of knowing that their performance on the grand occasion was not to the level they know they can reach.

He added: “We’ve shown that we’re good enough to win it, but we haven’t on the night that it mattered most.

“It took us a while to get into the game. I thought once we got into the game we played pretty well — we got the goal and I don’t think they caused us too many problems. Second-half, we know we never started at all.

“It’s devastating, but I think the most disappointing thing is that we didn’t show what we’re about. (We) didn’t play anywhere near our abilities.”

Belfast Telegraph

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