Liverpool captain James Milner said: “We never started in the second half and it is devastating. We didn’t show near our ability and that is the biggest disappointment.
“We were ready, we made sure we said the right things at half-time. We gave a sloppy goal away and never got back into the game.
“The linesman’s flag went up for the third goal but the referee gave it to other way. It is nothing to do with the referee. It is about us. We didn’t do it on the night that mattered.
“We didn’t think about the Champions League, it was about winning this trophy. We didn’t manage to get over the line.
“It is a double blow not to being in Europe next season. We got into two finals and lost both, next time we need to finish the job.
“We have showed our character in the competition but today we could not do that.”