Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says his players will come back stronger from the experience of losing the Europa League final.
The Anfield outfit suffered a 3-1 defeat to Sevilla, who claimed the title for a third year in succession, in Basel on Wednesday night.
Liverpool opened the scoring through Daniel Sturridge with a brilliantly taken goal before the break but Kevin Gameiro levelled matters just 18 seconds into the second half.
Coke then hit a brace for the Spanish outfit, but Klopp believes it was Gameiro’s strike that was the turning point in the final.
“Obviously the first goal had a big influence on our game,” he said.
“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 any more.
“I tried to change it but you could see that maybe the team was shocked, maybe the crowd was shocked.
“It is not good to concede a goal straight after half-time but you have 44 minutes to strike back but the reaction was the problem, we have to learn to react better in situations like this.
“We are disappointed and frustrated 100 per cent but tomorrow (Thursday) 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.”
The big decisions didn’t go Liverpool’s way as they had three penalty shouts for handball waved away and a goal disallowed for offside with the score at 1-0. Sevilla’s third saw a linesman’s flag overruled by referee Jonas Eriksson but, Klopp who suffered his fifth successive defeat in a final as manager, refused to acknowledge luck as a factor and he hopes to help Liverpool challenge for honours in the years ahead.
“There are more important things in life than football. I don’t think God had a plan with me to go to the final and always have a knock,” said the German when asked if he felt he was owed some luck.
“I’ve had a lot of luck in my life as I sit here as manager of Liverpool.
“I don’t think I am an unlucky person or life has not been good to me.
“We will carry on, I will carry on. I will try with all I have to reach the next final, even when you know you can lose it.
“There are bigger problems in life but at this moment it doesn’t feel like it, it is really hard.”