When the final whistle sounded in Basel to signal the end of the Europa League final, Jurgen Klopp looked, unsurprisingly, devastated.
He had just seen his Liverpool side beaten 3-1 by Sevilla after a second-half collapse.The Reds led at half-time 1-0 and looked on course to win their first trophy since 2012 and book a place in next season’s Champions League.
But three goals for the Spanish side after the break saw them win the competition for the third consecutive season to crush Liverpool.
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But, what was he preparing to tell his players after such a devastating loss?
Well, Simon Mignolet has revealed exactly what he said immediately after the match.
"Straight after the game he called the lads together and said 'especially the second half, we can learn from these things'," Mignolet told Liverpool’s official website.
If there’s one man that knows how to cope with losing a cup final, it’s Klopp.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager has now lost his previous five finals, and has already finished runners-up on two occasions in less than eight months for Liverpool.
It looked as though Klopp and his Liverpool side would correct their League Cup final defeat against Manchester City in February when Daniel Sturridge’s superb strike sent them into half-time with a one-nil lead.
But a goal from Kevin Gameiro just 17 seconds into the second-half appeared to completely change the match.
Coke then scored twice in six minutes to give Sevilla the trophy and leave Liverpool to rue their collapse.
"It's not easy straight after the game because everybody is disappointed, you feel that,” Mignolet said.
"You're looking for the answers, but you can't really find it at this moment in time. The thing is that we have to learn from this and get stronger for it.
"We're still a young group of lads and we'll get better from this. "So short after the game you just feel so disappointed. You don't really know what comes with it.
"It's very difficult to be objective after this and you just feel the fact that you lost the final - that's the only thing you can describe at this moment. You're looking for the answers that you can't really find at this time,” he added.
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