Jurgen Klopp got his Liverpool tactics wrong in last season’s Europa League final defeat to Sevilla, according to former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Ferguson, working in his capacity as the head of the UEFA’s technical advisors, shared his thoughts in the governing body’s annual report into the tournament.
Ferguson reported that he felt Klopp’s insistence on a pressing game was partly to blame for the loss inflicted on the Reds, who conceded three times in the second half after leading 1-0 through Daniel Sturridge’s goal at the break.
The result meant the Spanish side lifted the Europa League for a third successive season at the showpiece in Basel.
“Sevilla didn’t enjoy Liverpool’s tackling and determination in the first half,” Ferguson’s report said. “But they started off after half-time with a more positive attitude and getting the goal right away changed the whole game.
“In the second half, Liverpool had no energy, they could not get to the ball. The space in midfield became bigger. I never had a team who could press a ball all season.”