Liverpool’s European dream ended in heartbreak following a dramatic second half collapse and Manager Jurgen Klopp felt he was to blame.
Sevilla created history by winning the Europa League for the third year in a row – and the fifth in total .
Daniel Sturridge had looked to have set Liverpool on their way to their ninth European trophy with a stunning 35thminute before things went soar in the second half
Jurgen Klopp looked absolutely distraught as he faced the media after the final, having lost his second final in three months as Liverpool manager
‘My situation as manager of the team is that all I have to do is self-criticise, nothing else,’ said Klopp.
‘It is all about us, all about me. It is my job to help the players to react in different situations better. I can improve a lot.
‘There were two decisions against us when there was a handball and a goal which was disallowed and then one which was allowed against us. But all these situations don’t lead me to me saying we had a great match.
‘The first thing you have to do when you look at the man in the mirror is criticise yourself. We lost faith in the second half and it’s not enough in the final. In this moment I’m responsible for this performance too so there’s no criticism of my side.’
‘I have been around the block, and this is not a situation I have seen many times for the ref to overrule the assistant,’ said Klopp. ‘There are a number of people who will say it was perfectly accurate.
‘But I have lost a couple of finals and never have I had a bad decision made in my favour. I would hope for that to change. In a final when it is close you need a bit of luck, even when we hadn’t had any. But I don’t think God had a plan with me to go to the final and always have a knock.
‘I’ve had a lot of luck in my life as I sit here as manager of Liverpool. I don’t think I am an unlucky person or life has not been good to me. We will carry on, I will carry on. I will try with all I have to reach the next final, even when you know you can lose it.
‘There are bigger problems in life but at this moment it doesn’t feel like it, it is really hard.’