Jürgen Klopp encouraged his crestfallen Liverpool players to sing one of the supporters’ chants in the hours after their Europa League final defeat, according to reports.
The squad are said to have been in downbeat in the early hours of Thursday morning as they held a party at their team hotel, which was planned before the 3-1 defeat to Sevilla in Basle.
According to the Daily Mail, Klopp brought his team together and told them: “Two hours ago you all felt s***. Now hopefully you all feel better. This is just the start for us. We will play in many more finals.”
The Liverpool manager then proceeded to start singing ‘We are Liverpool, tra-la-la-la!’, a song popularised by supporters during the club’s title challenge during the 2013/14 season and had his players join in.
Liverpool’s hopes of playing European football next season were extinguished by Sevilla, who sealed their third consecutive Europa League title with a devastating second-half comeback.
Daniel Sturridge’s brilliant strike had given Klopp’s side the lead going into the break but they were caught cold when play resumed and allowed Kévin Gameiro to tap home after just 17 seconds.
Klopp’s side lost their shape and it was not long before Sevilla took the lead through a flowing team move, finished off by Coke, their captain.
Six minutes later, the marauding right-back popped up again to complete the turnaround with a controversial but ultimately legitimate third goal, from which Liverpool never recovered.
“Obviously the first goal had a big influence on our game,” said Klopp after the game. At this moment we lost faith in our style of play, we changed from passing quick and simple to complicated and lost our formation.
“It was not compact anymore,” he added. “I’ve had this problem one or two times with this situation.”
“We are disappointed and frustrated 100 per cent but tomorrow or later in the week we will see it a little bit more clearly and we will use this experience, that is what we have to do.”