Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has suggested the match officials more than played their part in the Reds’ downfall in the Europa League final against Sevilla.
The German bemoaned his side’s luck in Basel as referee Jonas Eriksson waved away three strong penalty appeals for handball before overturning his assistant’s decision to chalk off Sevilla’s third goal.
“Today there were four decisive, obvious decisions and all were against us. In a final when it’s close you need a little luck and we didn’t have it. If it was 2-0 at half-time it’s different,” he said.
“Now we are frustrated but tomorrow or in a week we will see it more clearly and we will use it.
“We are out of international competitions [next season], there’s not a lot of football on Wednesdays and Thursdays and that means a lot of time to train. We will come back stronger for sure.”
Klopp also believes the defeat will become a poignant moment in his Liverpool career as an important lesson will be learned from their second-half collapse.
“There were a few moments we’ve over-performed and the boys have been great. But you need consistency, you need more. Some day people will say Basel was a very important moment for the future of Liverpool FC,” Klopp added.
“The first half was okay. Sevilla were playing a lot of long ball to avoid our pressing game.
“Obviously the first goal had a big impact on our team. We lost faith in our style of play. We lost our formation. It wasn’t compact anymore. I’ve had this problem one or two times.”