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Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp blasts costly error right at the death against Villarreal

Villarreal 1-0 Liverpool

By Robert Jones

Published 29/04/2016

Liverpool's German coach Jurgen Klopp waves at the end of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 28, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German coach Jurgen Klopp waves at the end of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 28, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Alberto Moreno of Liverpool reacts after a missed chance during the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Spanish defender Alberto Moreno lies on the field during the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 28, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's midfielder Adam Lallana (L) vies with Villarreal's Ivorian defender Eric Bally (2nd L) during the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 28, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino (R) vies with Villarreal's defender Mario (C) during the UEFA Europa League semifinal first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 28, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Villarreal manager Marcelino Garcia Toral argue on the touchline during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final, First Leg match at Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 28, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Villarreal. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Lucas (L) vies with Villarreal's forward Roberto Soldado during the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 28, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Adam Lallana of Liverpool takes on Jaume (L) and Bruno of Villarreal (R) during the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Villarreal's Congolese forward Cedric Bakambu gestures during the UEFA Europa League semifinal first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 28, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / BIEL ALINOBIEL ALINO/AFP/Getty Images
Villarreal manager Marcelino Garcia Toral controls the ball on the touchline during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final, First Leg match at Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 28, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Villarreal. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Jordon Ibe of Liverpool controls the ball from Cedric Bakambu of Villarreal during the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Ivorian defender Kolo Toure (L) vies with Villarreal's forward Roberto Soldado during the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 28, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Villarreal's defender Victor Ruiz (R) vies with Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino during the UEFA Europa League semifinal first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 28, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / BIEL ALINOBIEL ALINO/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Roberto Firmino (right) and Villarreal's Eric Bailly battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final, First Leg match at Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 28, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Villarreal. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
Villarreal's forward Roberto Soldado (L) gestures after missing an attempt on goal during the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 28, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Welsh midfielder Joe Allen (L) vies with Villarreal's Spanish midfielder Bruno Soriano (R) during the UEFA Europa League semifinal first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 28, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / BIEL ALINOBIEL ALINO/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's midfielder Adam Lallana (C) vies with Villarreal's Spanish defender Victor Ruiz (R) and Villarreal's defender Denis Suarez (L) during the UEFA Europa League semifinal first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 28, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / BIEL ALINOBIEL ALINO/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Croatian defender Dejan Lovren (R) vies with Villarreal's Congolese forward Cedric Bakambu during the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 28, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Joe Allen of Liverpool stretches to challenge Jonathan dos Santos of Villarreal during the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Denis Suarez of Villarreal holds off Nathaniel Clyne of Liverpool during the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: The Liverpool team line up prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
The Villareal team coach arrives followed by a yellow submarine ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi Final, First Leg match at Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal. PA
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool embraces Antonio Rukavina of Villarreal prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Villarreal fans show their support prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool and asistant manager Zeljko Buvac look on prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final, First Leg match at Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 28, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Villarreal. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final, First Leg match at Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 28, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Villarreal. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: A general view inside the stadium as Liverpool players warm up prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final, First Leg match at Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 28, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Villarreal. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Dejan Lovren of Liverpool (front) warms up with team mates prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Villarreal fans look on prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Nathaniel Clyne of Liverpool warms up with team mates prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
The Villareal team coach arrives followed by a yellow submarine ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi Final, First Leg match at Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal. PA
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Liverpool fans look on prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
The Villareal team coach arrives ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi Final, First Leg match at Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 28, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Villarreal. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
A general view of Estadio El Madrigal before the UEFA Europa League Semi Final, First Leg match at Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 28, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Villarreal. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: A general view inside the stadium prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Liverpool players on the pitch before the UEFA Europa League Semi Final, First Leg match at Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 28, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Villarreal. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
Liverpool's players run during a training session at the Madrigal Stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC. AFP/Getty Images
File photo dated 13-04-2016 of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who insists he does not need to tell his players the importance of their Europa League semi-final first leg in Villarreal as they have more than proved their hunger for the competition. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 28, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read Nick Potts/PA Wire.
Liverpool's forward Daniel Sturridege controls the ball during a training session at the Madrigal Stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Ivory coast defender Kolo Toure controls the ball during a training session at the Madrigal Stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Spanish defender Alberto Moreno kneels during a training session at the Madrigal Stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Ivory coast defender Kolo Toure runs during a training session at the Madrigal Stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German coach Jurgen Klopp walks during a training session at the Madrigal Stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's players run during a training session at the Madrigal Stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German coach Jurgen Klopp walks during a training session at the Madrigal Stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's players run during a training session at the Madrigal Stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's players run during a training session at the Madrigal Stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German coach Jurgen Klopp (R) speaks to his players during a training session at the Madrigal Stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German coach Jurgen Klopp (R) speaks to his players during a training session at the Madrigal Stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German coach Jurgen Klopp (R) speaks to his players during a training session at the Madrigal Stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Slovakian defender Martin Skrtel controls the ball during a training session at the Madrigal Stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German coach Jurgen Klopp a press conference at the El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German coach Jurgen Klopp a press conference at the El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Spanish defender Alberto Moreno speaks during a press conference at the El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Villarreal's coach Marcelino Garcia Toral speaks during a press conference at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semi-final first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Spanish defender Alberto Moreno speaks during a press conference at the El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Villarreal's forward Roberto Soldado looks on during a press conference at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semi-final first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Spanish defender Alberto Moreno speaks during a press conference at the El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Villarreal's forward Roberto Soldado looks on during a training session at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semi-final first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Villarreal's defender Denis Suarez (2ndL) and Villarreal's forward Roberto Soldado (2ndR) warm up during a training session at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semi-final first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Villarreal's forward Roberto Soldado gestures during a training session at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semi-final first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Villarreal players warm up during a training session at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semi-final first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Villarreal's Congoleseforward Cedric Bakambu (L) plays a ball with Villarreal's midfielder Bruno Soriano during a training session at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semi-final first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images

Jurgen Klopp couldn't hide his disappointment after Liverpool conceded an injury-time goal in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final last night.

A fortnight after an added-time winner put Liverpool into the last four, a similar fate befell them as they lost 1-0 in Villarreal.

The match appeared to be heading for a stalemate until substitute Adrian Lopez poked home the late winner.

"Of course I'm not too happy with the goal we conceded in the last second," said Klopp.

"Counter attacking in the 92nd minute makes not much sense, but it is only the first leg.

"If we had enough players in around the box it was no problem, but they played this one chip ball over Kolo (Toure), I don't know where Alberto was in this moment, but that was the only big mistake we made in this game and they scored with it."

The late twist in this tale was less dramatic than Dejan Lovren's header against Borussia Dortmund two weeks previously - Klopp's side still have the home leg to come - but frustrating nonetheless as they had appeared to have ground out a draw.

Going to the El Madrigal, where the hosts have now won all seven Europa League ties this season and are unbeaten in the competition since September 17, was always going to be tough - but the Reds seemed to have done the hard work until a lapse in concentration cost them.

Defender Toure, added: "It was a great ball put in. We can do better defending that, but we look for positives now.

"There is another game, we had chances to score. We showed against Dortmund we can respond.

"We know we can do it, we just need to believe and play the same as against Dortmund."

Four of the last five teams to lose 1-0 away in the UEFA Cup or Europa League semi-final have progressed - the exception being Liverpool in 2010.

Despite throwing away a goalless draw, Liverpool know they still have to score to go through in 90 minutes at Anfield, but, equally, Villarreal know an away goal would mean the Reds then need at least three goals.

Meanwhile, Sevilla stayed on course for a third straight Europa League title by claiming a 2-2 draw against Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine in the first leg of their semi-final.

Unai Emery's side are looking to become the first to win a major European competition three years in a row since Bayern Munich 40 years ago.

The final will be in the Swiss city of Basel on May 18.

Meanwhile Liverpool have been ordered to pay Burnley £6.5m for striker Danny Ings - a new record for a fee ordered by a tribunal, with a further £1.5m in add-ons. It is understood they will also pay 20 per cent of any future profit should the club sell the player.

Ings allowed his contract to run down with the Clarets last season before moving to Anfield in the summer.

Liverpool offered £6m as Burnley were entitled to compensation, with Ings under 23 years old at the time.

That was rejected as the Clarets, after a reported £12m bid from Tottenham, valued the player in excess of £10m.

Belfast Telegraph

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