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Klopp's men face Sevilla in Basel on May 18.

Jurgen Klopp wants ticketless Liverpool fans to "stay at home" for Europa League final

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Liverpool's European dream rampages on following their convincing win over Villarreal in the Europa League semi-final second leg last Thursday.

The final now awaits them, with each and every die-hard fan desperate to land a ticket and watch their side play at Basel's St Jakob Park stadium on May 18.

However, the vast majority of supporters will be forced to watch the game on TV, given Liverpool have been allocated just 10,236 of the 35,000 seats available.

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Such minimal availability has caused a great deal of frustration amongst fans, with manager Jurgen Klopp even voicing disappointment at the figure.

The German initially invited all Liverpool fans to travel and watch the game in Basel next Thursday but has now urged them to stay at home if they're unable to buy a ticket.

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He said, per the Daily Mail: "I invited all Liverpool fans to Basel, and that was not too smart to be honest.

"It is a nice city but it's not ready for us. And that was my mistake.

"So I have to take back my invitation to the fans, and please only people with tickets should go there, because everything else will be chaos.

"If you cannot be there, stay at home or come to Liverpool and watch the game with your friends. Let's have a party after this.

"It's really, really important you now listen. It's important we only send the team and the 10,000 fans."

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Reports suggest Liverpool's allocation could yet increase, but Klopp believes it still won't be enough to appease fans.

"What I learned in life is what I can't change I don't think about it," he continued.

"It's a wonderful opportunity and we can't change the stadium. It's a wonderful stadium and wonderful city.

"We can't think about the size of the stadium. You will find 30 million who want to see the game. It's like this."

Liverpool have enjoyed an excellent 2016 thus far under Klopp, the German implementing his famous 'gegenpressing' philosophy and steering them into two finals since taking over in October.

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Problems remain at Anfield - and they'll likely be resolved this summer - but they've been tremendous at home and pulled off some huge results on the road too.

The future really does look bright.

Much will depend upon how well they do in the summer transfer window, though. The Reds have already confirmed Schalke's Joel Matip on a free transfer and need to make further signings if they're to challenge for the Premier League title.

And it seems keeping hold of their players could prove just as important, with star striker Daniel Sturridge linked with a £30 million move to Arsenal.

Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is understood to be on the lookout for a 'top-class' centre forward and has marked the England international as a prime candidate.

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