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Liverpool suffer 'Sevilla punishment' in loss to Europa League kings - media

Sevilla beat Liverpool 3-1 in the Europa League final in Basel on Wednesday as they won the competition for a third year in succession, adding to their two UEFA Cup wins in 2006 and 2007.

Liverpool's defeat means they will not play in Europe next season, while Jurgen Klopp has now lost two finals since taking charge in October, adding to the three he lost in charge of Borussia Dortmund in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Liverpool had looked in a strong position at half-time as they led through Daniel Sturridge's sublime opener, but they were blown away in the second half as Kevin Gameiro netted an equaliser within seconds of the restart before Coke's double put the match beyond their opponents' reach.

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Liverpool Echo: Sevilla punishment

"Liverpool's hopes of lifting the Europa League crumbled in embarrassing fashion as they were humiliated 3-1 by Sevilla ... after Kevin Gameiro netted 16 seconds into the second half following a mistake by Alberto Moreno, Jurgen Klopp's side fell apart in spectacular, desperate fashion in arguably their worst 45-minute performance ever in a final."

The Times: Klopp agony as Liverpool blown away 

"Liverpool should all look back in anger at this defeat. It was so avoidable. If only they had taken their chances late in the first half. If only they had concentrated in the second. If only they had more experienced players to calm the collective nerves, to tell them to keep it tight, keep the shape, and stop Seville's attacks at source and for heaven's sake stop making mistakes. If only they had better defenders. If only Alberto Moreno had learnt more about the art of defending, his job."

Daily Telegraph: Klopp's flops

"Jurgen Klopp exhorted his Liverpool players to become legends. But not like this. This is an unwarranted anti-legendary status, not quite infamy, but they inexplicably collapsed in the second half, overrun by a rampant Sevilla, who won the Europa League for an unprecedented third time in a row, and a record fifth time overall, and with it earned a place in next season's Champions League."

Daily Mirror: Coke Zero

"The Liverpool boss was desperate to end his jinx in finals after losing three with Borussia Dortmund and another in this season's League Cup against Manchester City. But he looked on in horror as his side surrendered a half-time lead within 18 seconds of the restart to Kevin Gameiro, before Coke's brilliant one-two as the Reds collapsed."


El Pais: Coke gives Sevilla their fifth

"To kill Sevilla you must shoot them seven times. Only that way can you understand a team who were dead at half-time but came back to life in such a fantastic way to destroy an opponent like Liverpool. What this Sevilla has done is truly awesome -- where lieutenants like Coke grow into leaders, where the stupendous management of Unai Emery turned the game around, moving [Ever] Banega so he could get on the ball, moving his team forward to damage a Liverpool who took fright at the power of the champion."

Estadio Deportivo: Five-time champion

"The cup is returning home. Sevilla grows its legend. With two goals from Coke and one from Gameiro, they turn around the final, take away their fifth Europa League, and make the Champions League."

Marca: The Sevilla League

"In Eindhoven against Middlesbrough. In Glasgow versus Espanyol. In Turin against Benfica. In Warsaw versus Dnipro and in Basel against Liverpool. Goals from Luis Fabiano, Maresca, Kanoute, Bacca... and now Gameiro and Coke. Heroes like Puerta. It all started with him -- his diamond left-footer that brought Sevilla to their first European final. Heroes like Palop and Beto, with goals and impossible saves in key moments. With suffering, comebacks, penalties. Any way possible. But always with Sevilla as champion."

ESPN FC's Spain correspondent, Dermot Corrigan, contributed to this report.


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