Jurgen Klopp offered his reaction to Liverpool’s 3-1 loss to Sevilla in the UEFA Europa League final on Wednesday. Here’s what he said to reporters in Basel in his postgame press conference.
On his overview of the game …
“It was obvious the first goal of Sevilla had a big influence on our own game. In this moment we lost faith in our style of play. We changed from passing simply and quickly to complicated. We lost our formation, so it was not compact anymore.
“We?ve had this situation one or two times before. As I said in the Chelsea game, we were quite happy we had the problem there. That was a good moment to put the finger in and change it …
“This is interview number 10 or 12 that I?ve had (postgame) and everybody has told me about two handballs in the first half. Today there were four decisive decisions I would say, maybe a few more, but very obvious decisions that went against us. In a final, when it?s clear it is close, you need a little bit of luck. We didn?t. We have no influence on this, but where we have influence on is our game and so now we are disappointed and frustrated, 100 percent.
“Tomorrow, in a week or whatever we will see it a little bit more clearly and then we will use this experience. That?s what we have to do. Now it?s clear we are not in a European competition next year, it means no football on a Thursday and it means we have time to train. We will use it and we will come back stronger, that?s for sure. You saw on the way to the final we had a few moments where we maybe over-performed — we were unbelievable, great and the boys showed what they are capable of, but then to have this consistency you need a little bit more time.
“They are still young and this was their first big final — unfortunately their second (losing) final of the season, but it was a big final and we will use this experience together. Then someday everybody will say Basel was a very decisive moment for the wonderful future of Liverpool FC.”