Sevilla on Wednesday night produced a stunning comeback to win the Europa League for a record third consecutive year and qualify for the Champions League at the expense of Liverpool in Basel.
Daniel Sturridge had given Liverpool a 35th-minute lead at St-Jakob Park, but Kevin Gameiro struck an equaliser immediately after half-time.
Coke then drilled Sevilla ahead on 64 minutes before adding his second goal of the game six minutes later as Unai Emery’s side lifted the trophy for a record fifth time.
Klopp was left to contemplate another final defeat in a fog of impotent fury.
The loss in Basel effectively denied him the rear chance of winning in a silverware in his first year as Liverpool coach.
Having failed to cross the Sevilla hurdle, Liverpool’s wait for silverware thus continues. The last time the Reds emerged tops in Europe was in 2005 Champions League where they secured an astonishing comeback win over Ac Milan.
Meanwhile, Klopp has now lost five finals in a row — in Germany, England and UEFA competition.