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Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez congratulate Liverpool on reaching Europa League final

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Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez were among the former Liverpool players who offered their congratulations as the Reds booked their place in the Europa League final.

Jurgen Klopp’s side beat Villarreal 3-0 at Anfield on Thursday, securing a 3-1 aggregate win.

And as Liverpool prepare for their first European final since the 2007 Champions League, they won’t be without support.

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Klopp joked about bringing 70,000 Kopites to Basel for the game against Sevilla on May 18 and rest assured the Swiss city will have to brace itself for a Liverpool takeover.

If the scene around Anfield before last night’s game is anything to go by, Liverpool supporters will quite literally paint Basel red.

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Check out the reaction from Gerrard, Suarez and Jamie Carragher as they watched Klopp’s side breeze into the final.

Suarez’s tweet translates as: “Congratulations to @LFC for qualifying for the final!! Well done, my friends!! #MartinSkrtel @Phil_Coutinho!”

The Uruguayan, who came so close to guiding Liverpool to the Premier League title two years ago, will hope the Reds can achieve what Barcelona failed to do this season and win a European trophy.

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Impressive performance

Trailing 1-0 from the first leg, Bruno Soriano’s own goal in the seventh minute quickly eased the tension at Anfield.

The Reds pushed forward for another goal but had to wait until the 63rd minute to take the advantage, Daniel Sturridge tucking home from Roberto Firmino’s neat pass.

The Brazilian also assisted Adam Lallana’s late goal to seal the tie after Villarreal’s Victor Ruiz was shown a second yellow card.

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It means Klopp has steered Liverpool to two finals in his first season in charge at Anfield. He’ll be desperate for this one to turn out better than the Capital One Cup final, which his side lost on penalties to Manchester City.

The German’s exuberant reaction after the final whistle was a joy to behold for Liverpool fans; they have a manager who is clearly passionate about bringing success to the club.

Klopp was chuffed

The 46-year-old admitted afterwards that his players exceeded his expectations.

“The problem is I’m not a native speaker so I don’t have the right words for this performance,” Klopp told reporters, per Liverpool’s website. “It was nice to watch and nice to be part of it; the whole performance, not from the first second [but] from 6.45pm when we drove through the road again. It’s nice.

“The first half-hour… what power! The will was obvious, I would say.

“Then for 15 minutes we lost a little bit of patience, that’s normal. We tried [to be] a little bit different and it made not too much sense. In the second half, [it was] back to the plan – still very emotional plus very smart, wonderful goals, well deserved.”

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One more performance like Thursday night’s and Liverpool might be lifting their first European trophy since 2005.

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Steven Gerrard
Luis Suarez
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Europa League
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Daniel Sturridge
Philippe Coutinho

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