‘This team will be different next season’, says Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp after Europa League heartbreak
The Reds suffered a 3-1 defeat in Wednesday night’s final as Sevilla fought back from a goal down to deservedly lift the trophy for a third successive year.
Klopp’s side would have secured Champions League qualification with victory in Basel but, having finished eighth in the Premier League, they will now be without any European football in 2016/17.
But the German is refusing to be too downbeat and he is confident Liverpool are destined for success under his stewardship.
“This team will be a little bit different next year, that’s clear,” he said.
“We we will do something with transfers, that’s clear. But, first of all, we need to use the experience because I am sure we will be in a final again and we will have decisive moments again. And if we have decisive moments then we have to react better, all of us.
“It is clear we are not in a European tournament next year so we don’t have football on Wednesday or Thursday so we will have time to train and we will for sure come back stronger.”
Liverpool had three penalty shouts for handball and a goal disallowed for offside while Sevilla’s crucial third saw a linesman’s flag overruled by referee Jonas Eriksson.
Klopp has now his last FIVE cup finals, but he insists the latest defeat will only make him, as well as the team, stronger.
“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,” responded 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.”