On what was meant to be an historic night for Liverpool Football Club, the Reds slumped to a disappointing 3-1 defeat against Sevilla in the Europa League final.
Daniel Sturridge opened the scoring with a wonderful strike using the outside of his left foot, but a second-half collapse saw the La Liga side score three and secure their third-consecutive European title.
Blame was largely placed on Alberto Moreno for his disappointing and costly performance, while manager Jurgen Klopp insisted he was at fault for his side’s loss.
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Liverpool's demise was through their own doing, of course, but a number of refereeing calls arguably went against them in Basel.
That’s what Klopp believes anyway, with the German confident that no less than four "decisive decisions" hurt his side against Sevilla.
“Today there were four decisive, obvious decisions and all were against us,” he said, per Sky Sports. “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."
The four calls Klopp refers to were three handball shouts inside the penalty area in the first half and an offside decision that led to Coke’s all-important third goal.
“Now we are frustrated,” Klopp added, “but tomorrow or in a week we all 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 believes consistency remains an issue for Liverpool and must be improved.
“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.”
Reds fans were quick to criticise Moreno following defeat at the St Jakob-Park stadium, with club legend Jamie Carragher particularly furious with the left-back’s performance.
It was Moreno’s mistake that led to Sevilla’s equaliser, with his display poor thereafter.
And Carragher thought the very same, tweeting: “Jurgen, transfer committee, anyone sign a f**king left back.”
Strong words, but arguably justified. Liverpool have struggled for a consistent left-back since John Arne Riise departed, with Jose Enrique recently leaving the club following his failed spell at Anfield.
What’s certain is a summer of change awaits Liverpool and Klopp. If they’re to realise their potential and challenge for the top four next season, world-class additions are needed.
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