Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool went into the Europa League final slightly favorites ahead of defending champions Sevilla and they got themselves a superb start with Sturridge scoring in first half after Liverpool dominated from the word go. They were more agile, pressed relentlessly but failed to add to scoreline which came back to haunt them as Sevilla put three past them in second half with Gameiro scoring just after the break while Coke added two in space of 6 minutes leaving Liverpool staring at second cup final defeat this season.
Match Highlights (English, 10 minutes)
Jurgen Klopp interview:
Sevilla found themselves a goal down in 35th minute when a superb strike by Sturridge outside of his foot found its way back in the net. But Sevilla had a plan and they executed it perfectly with a second half flourish. Top scorer Gameiro scored just after the break and Coke added two more to put Sevilla on their way to third consecutive Europa League title.
Liverpool 1-3 Sevilla Highlights
[ UEFA Europa League 2016 Final ]
35′ 1 – 0 Daniel Sturridge scored with a peach of finish just outside the box to put Liverpool 1-0 up
46′ 1 – 1 Kevin Gameiro equalised just after the break as
64′ 1 – 2 Coke put Sevilla in lead with a stunning low drive past liverpool keeper after constant Sevilla pressure.
70′ 1 – 3 Coke
The game is suppose to kickoff at around 20:45 CET / 19:45 uk time and BT Sports will have live coverage in the UK on their Terrestrial channels aswell as on BT Sports official youtube channels. American viewers can watch the game live on Fox1 and beIN Sports will coverage live in middle-eastern countries.
Liverpool vs Sevilla Preview: Liverpool are in action this weekend when they take on West Brom in the last league game of the season and we can expect Klopp to start with second string side with focus being the most important game in Liverpool’s season which can pretty much define their next season. Liverpool failed to qualify for Champions League via league positions as they are set to finish outside top 4 but Europa League gives them a massive opportunity to not only win some silverware but also confirm their participation in the Champions League next season.
Sevilla who has won the last two Europa League titles in 2014 and 2015 had a strange old season in their native La Liga. They failed to finish in top 4 largely down to their terrible away form where they only accumulated 9 points and failed to win a single away game out of the 18 while their home form in the league was as good as anybody. Now they have a similar scenario to Liverpool if they were to play Champions League football next season.
Team News & Possible Lineups: Liverpool will be without Sakho and Skrtel which means Lovren and Toure are set to start in heart of defense while Moreno and Clyne will keep their places as full backs. Joe Allen has impressed in the last few outings, he is set to start alongside Can and Milner in the central midfield while Danial Sturridge, Lallana, Coutinho to play in attacking roles.
Predictions: Liverpool has overcame some quality teams in the last three rounds while Sevilla has had a favorable draw and Liverpool is their first big challenge on their way to the final. Both teams must win this game not only for some silverware but this is also their only chance of qualifying for the Champions League next season. I am expecting a tight game but this Liverpool has something about them since Klopp took over and I expect them to win this one by an odd goal.