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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.

Liverpool squandered the chance to end an 11-year European drought as defending champions Sevilla came from behind to secure an unprecedented third successive Europa League title with a 3-1 win in Basle.

Daniel Sturridge's exquisite first half goal would have been worthy of winning any UEFA showpiece but Jurgen Klopp's side failed to capitalise and went to pieces in the second half.

Kevin Gameiro scored just seconds after the interval as the Reds were exposed defensively before Coke grabbed two in the space of six minutes to end Liverpool's dream of a return to the gloried European nights of yesteryear and also a place in next season's Champions League.

In the build-up Liverpool's players were at pains to stress how much belief Klopp has given them during his seven months in charge and how they had learned from the experience of losing February's Capital One Cup to Manchester City.

But having taken the lead with Sturridge's sixth goal in his last nine starts they failed to get the job done as a more streetwise Sevilla made it five wins in this competition in the last 11 years.

It was not quite Istanbul - the scene of their last trophy at this level with a remarkable Champions League victory over AC Milan - in reverse for Liverpool but the defeat was a devastating blow for over 22,000-plus fans who made it into St Jakob-Park - despite a 12,000 ticket allocation.

That caused its own issue with a minor scuffle between unsegregated rival fans in the Sevilla end but it was nothing compared to the pain felt on and off the pitch by those in red.

Liverpool had three penalty shouts in the first half which began withstanding some early Sevilla pressure before settling their nerves to control the last 20 minutes.

Roberto Firmino's flick past Daniel Carrico hit the arm of the centre-back but Swedish referee Jonas Eriksson ignored appeals.

The two claims against Adil Rami and Grzegorz Krychowiak were not as strong but highlighted Liverpool's increased dominance in the final third.

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.

Emre Can had a shot palmed away by David Soria but it was Sturridge who was involved in their most threatening moments, directing a far-post header back across goal and then having a shot blocked by the goalkeeper from Adam Lallana's reverse pass.

Ten minutes from the break Brazilians Firmino and Philippe Coutinho, who had an otherwise quiet half, combined to tee up Sturridge on the left of the penalty area.

The angles looked wrong for the predominantly left-footed England striker but he caressed a sumptuous shot with the outside of his stronger foot which arced around Soria and inside the far post.

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

Sturridge nearly turned in another cross from the tireless right-back Nathaniel Clyne before the break but the sight of Klopp sprinting to the dressing room suggested he knew there was still plenty of work to do - especially if Gameiro's overhead kick just wide of the post from a corner was any indicator of the level of threat from the Sevilla striker.

The Frenchman needed just 18 seconds from the second half kick-off to prove that point as Mariano Ferreira exposed Liverpool's left side and Gameiro diverted home from close range and only Kolo Toure's perfectly-timed tackle prevented him making it 2-1 seconds later.

Only Gameiro's mis-hit shot gave Simon Mignolet a chance to save after Alberto Moreno switched off at a throw-in as Liverpool found themselves under the cosh and their resistance was broken by a rapid interchange of passes which saw Coke fire home in the 64th minute.

The midfielder repeated the feat six minutes later somewhat controversially as the linesman flagged offside but Eriksson told him to put his flag down as the pass has come off a Liverpool player.

Klopp threw on strikers Divock Origi and Christian Benteke, switching to three at the back, in a desperate attempt to effect a miraculous comeback to match that over Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-final second leg at Anfield but this time his magic touch failed to deliver.

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