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Five things learned from Liverpool vs Sevilla

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It was supposed to be yet another famous European night etched into Liverpool's proud history. Sevilla were the Spanish holders of the Europa League, yet it was assumed by many that Jurgen Klopp's energetic pressing machine would see to it that their third title in a row was not achieved.

Sadly, this theory did not come to fruition. A first half Daniel Sturridge goal put the Red's in the driving seat, but a technical masterclass from Unai Emery's side in the second period condemned Liverpool to a deserved 3-1 defeat.

No European football next season and a game which clearly showed that Klopp's side have significant deficiencies. Here are five things we learned from a gripping final in Basel.

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1. Alberto Moreno is a no no

For not the first time this season, former Sevilla full-back Moreno revealed his tendencies to neglect his defensive duties. Kevin Gameiro's equaliser early in the second half stemmed from the Spaniard's poor clearance and then unwillingness to properly challenge Mariano who supplied the ball into the French striker.

It was a hugely inept display from Moreno and one which will no doubt further anger Klopp who has expressed his frustration towards the Spaniard before. A place in the Liverpool setup looks unlikely for a serial offender of indiscipline.

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2. Philippe Coutinho goes into luxury mode

A huge criticism of Liverpool's supposed talisman, Coutinho, is his inability to really have an impact upon games on a consistent basis. Against Sevilla, the Brazillian was anonymous, barely getting on the ball and showing the technical brilliance he possesses.

Far too often the former Inter Milan man falls foul of this theory and it proved costly to Liverpool last night. While the likes of Ever Banega, Vitolo and Coke thrived offensively when required in the second half, Coutinho failed to sparkle. A sad damnation of an inconsistent talent.

Liverpool v Sevilla - UEFA Europa League Final

3. Kolo Toure is still very capable

When the only man to leave with his head held high from a European final is a 35-year-old centre-back, you know overall you have failed as a unit. Too many times the Ivorian was called upon to bail out Liverpool against the lively Gameiro, something which he did very well.

Dejan Lovren descended back into his former self while Moreno and Nathaniel Clyne offered little defensive protection. Pragmatically, Klopp's side were a shambles, yet Toure was a beacon of hope and perhaps adds fuel to the idea that age is simply just a number.

Liverpool UEFA Europa League Cup Final Media Day

4. Gegenpressing system has flaws

During the first half, Liverpool's pressing system employed by Klopp was working wonders, forcing Sevilla into endless mistakes and allowing them no time to display their technicality, something which Spanish teams crave.

Yet in the second half, the Red's could not keep up with this physically demanding system and the tired players were simply picked off by Sevilla who passed around aching legs and glided past knackered Liverpool bodies. In the end, the Spaniard's coasted to victory.

Liverpool v Sevilla - UEFA Europa League Final

5. La Liga is the dominant force in football

In the last three years, all of the European trophies on offer have been acquired by Spanish sides and yes I am aware that the 2016 Champions League final has not occurred yet but both teams competing for it are Spanish.

It may not be the most entertaining, but La Liga is without question the highest quality division in world football and Sevilla showed just how dangerous they can be against Liverpool. Three Europa League's in a row for a side who are not really considered in the top-tier of the Spanish elite - a scary thought.

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Steven Gerrard
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