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Liverpool v Sevilla: Liverpool lose the Europa League final 3-1

Full-time: Liverpool 1 - Sevilla 3

By Carl Markham

Published 18/05/2016

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.

Playmaker Philippe Coutinho admits it is time for Liverpool to stop "hitting the post" in big games and get the job done.

The Brazil international has experienced more than his fair share of disappointment during just over three years at Anfield, ranging from their Premier League title near-miss of 2014, League Cup and FA Cup semi-final exits in 2015 to the Capital One Cup final penalty shoot-out defeat in February.

But less than three months after that Wembley heartbreak against Manchester City, in which Coutinho scored a late equaliser to take it into extra-time, the Reds have another shot at silverware in the Europa League final against defending champions Sevilla tonight.

Liverpool's joint top scorer this season believes it is now time to take the final step and secure a first trophy in four years and a first in Europe since the dramatic Champions League victory in Istanbul in 2005.

"The expression we use in Brazil is 'We hit the post' on quite a few occasions recently so it will be really important for us to finally achieve something and win something with Liverpool," said the 23-year-old. "That will be special for everyone across the club and the whole of the squad."

Victory in Basel tonight would also secure a route back into the Champions League, Liverpool's only chance of European football next season after finishing eighth in the Premier League.

The Reds have featured in Europe's elite club competition just once in the last six seasons and while a return is significant to the club's status, Coutinho said it is a side issue to the main aim.

"Personally winning the trophy is most important" he added. "The positive consequence of winning the trophy is getting a Champions League spot but the squad are focused on the trophy.

"Jurgen Klopp is experienced in Europe. He is a great manager and has made a few changes since he came in, the biggest one being to change the mentality and making the players believe.

"Then step by step towards the end of the season Liverpool have improved performances and now are close to winning something.

Graphic shows match preview with details of route to final, comparison of team statistics, probable line-ups, and previous head-to-head records.
Graphic shows match preview with details of route to final, comparison of team statistics, probable line-ups, and previous head-to-head records.

"It has been six months and it is the second final we are playing in so it is a great opportunity. The changes he has implemented have had a big part in that."

Coutinho is the club's joint leading scorer this season with Daniel Sturridge on 12 goals, with eight of those coming against Manchester United, Manchester City (two separate occasions), Chelsea (twice), Tottenham, Borussia Dortmund and Everton. But he denies it is just him who takes the lead against the big clubs.

"It is not just my responsibility," he said. "Whoever plays up front will have that responsibility to score and help Liverpool win."

Dejected Liverpool fans watch on at The Bot as Sevilla win the Europa League Final. Wednesday 18th May 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Dejected Liverpool fans watch on at The Bot as Sevilla win the Europa League Final. Wednesday 18th May 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Dejected Liverpool fans watch on at The Bot as Sevilla take the lead in the Europa League Final. Wednesday 18th May 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Dejected Liverpool fans watch on at The Bot as Sevilla win the Europa League Final. Wednesday 18th May 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Dejected Liverpool fans watch on at The Bot as Sevilla win the Europa League Final. Wednesday 18th May 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Dejected Liverpool fan watching the match at The Bot can't watch as Sevilla take the lead in the Europa League Final. Wednesday 18th May 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Dejected Liverpool fan watch on at The Bot as Sevilla take the lead in the Europa League Final. Wednesday 18th May 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at The Bot to watch Liverpool v Sevilla in the Europa League Final. Wednesday 18th May 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at The Bot to watch Liverpool v Sevilla in the Europa League Final. Wednesday 18th May 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at The Bot to watch Liverpool v Sevilla in the Europa League Final. Wednesday 18th May 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at The Bot to watch Liverpool v Sevilla in the Europa League Final. Wednesday 18th May 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at The Bot to watch Liverpool v Sevilla in the Europa League Final. Wednesday 18th May 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at The Bot to watch Liverpool v Sevilla in the Europa League Final. Wednesday 18th May 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at The Bot to watch Liverpool v Sevilla in the Europa League Final. Wednesday 18th May 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at The Bot to watch Liverpool v Sevilla in the Europa League Final. Wednesday 18th May 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at The Bot to watch Liverpool v Sevilla in the Europa League Final. Wednesday 18th May 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at The Bot to watch Liverpool v Sevilla in the Europa League Final. Wednesday 18th May 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at The Bot to watch Liverpool v Sevilla in the Europa League Final. Wednesday 18th May 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at The Bot to watch Liverpool v Sevilla in the Europa League Final. Wednesday 18th May 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at The Bot to watch Liverpool v Sevilla in the Europa League Final. Wednesday 18th May 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at The Bot to watch Liverpool v Sevilla in the Europa League Final. Wednesday 18th May 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at The Bot to watch Liverpool v Sevilla in the Europa League Final. Wednesday 18th May 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at The Bot to watch Liverpool v Sevilla in the Europa League Final. Wednesday 18th May 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at The Bot to watch Liverpool v Sevilla in the Europa League Final. Wednesday 18th May 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at The Bot to watch Liverpool v Sevilla in the Europa League Final. Wednesday 18th May 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at The Bot to watch Liverpool v Sevilla in the Europa League Final. Wednesday 18th May 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at The Bot to watch Liverpool v Sevilla in the Europa League Final. Wednesday 18th May 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at The Bot to watch Liverpool v Sevilla in the Europa League Final. Wednesday 18th May 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at The Bot to watch Liverpool v Sevilla in the Europa League Final. Wednesday 18th May 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at The Bot to watch Liverpool v Sevilla in the Europa League Final. Wednesday 18th May 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at The Bot to watch Liverpool v Sevilla in the Europa League Final. Wednesday 18th May 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at The Bot to watch Liverpool v Sevilla in the Europa League Final. Wednesday 18th May 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at The Bot to watch Liverpool v Sevilla in the Europa League Final. Wednesday 18th May 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at The Bot to watch Liverpool v Sevilla in the Europa League Final. Wednesday 18th May 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Coutinho's goal at Old Trafford in their Europa League quarter-final second leg was not only brilliant but perfectly-timed on the stroke of half-time.

Throughout the interval the away fans, who affectionately refer to the Brazilian as 'O Magico' (literally translated as The Magic), sang Coutinho's name.

"It is an honour - not only that but any time anyone says my name or I see a kid with my name on the back of his shirt," he added. "I've always dreamt of being a footballer and now it makes me feel humble."

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