Football: Europa League final defeat can be catalyst for bright future, says Klopp

Juergen Klopp reacts after the Uefa Europa League final between Liverpool FC and Sevilla FC.
Juergen Klopp reacts after the Uefa Europa League final between Liverpool FC and Sevilla FC. PHOTO: EPA

BASEL (REUTERS) - A spirit-crushing defeat in a major final can often signal the end for a manager, yet Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp believes their Europa League final heartache could prove to be a bright new beginning for his club.

A self-confessed fan of "heavy metal football", he would have loved nothing more than to get his hands on a weighty piece of silverware in Basel, but his hopes of glory were dashed by a 1-3 loss to the competition's masters, Sevilla.

As Sevilla captain Coke held aloft the trophy at St Jakob-Park, Liverpool's German coach had already disappeared down the tunnel, not waiting to applaud opponents who had dashed his hopes of ending his first season at Anfield with a trophy.

"We will use this experience - that is what we have to do," German Klopp told reporters. "The players are still young. Some day everyone will say Basel was a decisive moment for Liverpool FC."

While next season will not see Liverpool return to the European stage after their eighth-place Premier League finish, Klopp believes this could give his side an edge on the domestic front.

"We will have no international tournament next year, we will have time to train. We will use it and come back stronger," he said.