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UEFA Europa League
19:45 Wed 18th May 2016
Location: St. Jakob-Park
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Coke (64, 70)

19:45 Wed 18th May 2016
19:45 Wed 18th May 2016 St. Jakob-Park

Europa League final: Live matchday blog

There was disappointment for Liverpool in the Europa League final as a second-half comeback by Sevilla saw Jürgen Klopp's team suffer a 3-1 defeat in Basel.

  • Sublime Sturridge goal opened scoring (35mins)
  • Gameiro equalised right after half-time (46mins)
  • Coke double put Sevilla in control (70mins)

Full Time

Liverpool 1-3 Sevilla

The Reds' dreams are dashed in Basel after a second-half comeback by the La Liga outfit overturned Sturridge's outstanding opener. Heartbreak at the final hurdle.

90+3

Yellow Card

Clyne booked.

90+2

Substitution

Cristoforo on for Banega as we play out four minutes of stoppage-time.

89

Substitution

Iborra on for Gameiro.

83

Yellow Card

Mariano is booked for time-wasting.

83

Substitution

Another change by the boss for the closing stages - Benteke is on for Toure.

82

The Reds have not given this up and are trying to respond, as the fans sing 'You'll Never Walk Alone' with resolve at St. Jakob-Park.

77

Substitution

Sevilla put Kolodziejczak on for the injured Rami, who is booked as he goes off.

73

Substitution

Allen is on for Lallana.

72

Yellow Card

Origi receives a yellow card.

70

Goal

Goal for Sevilla - Coke.

Mass confusion as a ball squirms out to the right to what seems like an offside Coke. He converts from close range and the goal stands, despite Liverpool's protests.

A mountain to climb now.

69

Substitution

Klopp reacts to that setback by introducing Origi for Firmino.

64

Goal

Goal for Sevilla - Coke.

Unfortunately, it has been coming, and the Spaniards lead. An intricate passing move at pace ends with Coke surging in from the left and smacking a curler into the right corner.

60

A let-off for Liverpool.

Sevilla move the ball into the box from the left and somehow Gameiro is left unmarked, only for Mignolet to react quickly and get in the way of the striker's first-time effort on the half-volley.

57

Yellow Card

Now Banega goes into the book.

56

Yellow Card

Vitolo is shown a yellow card after a foul on Lallana.

54

Some normality has been restored by Liverpool now and that Sevilla storm has, hopefully, passed. Let's hope Klopp's charges can push back in the opposite direction.

48

The Reds are rattled here and only a sensational last-ditch tackle by Toure prevents Gameiro from grabbing a second as he scampered clear on goal.

46

Goal

Goal for Sevilla - Gameiro.

Exactly the start to the second half Liverpool didn't want. Mariano's pace troubled the defence again on the right and his square pass provides a tap-in for the Sevilla No.9.

46

Kick-Off

Sevilla get the game underway again.

Here come the two sides for the second half.

He shoots, he scores, he dances

Here are your half-time stats from Basel...

Half Time

Liverpool 1-0 Sevilla

The Reds take a lead into the break at St. Jakob-Park courtesy of that sensational finish by Sturridge. Halfway there...

45

Liverpool are really on top here and nobody can understand how Clyne's fierce cross along the six-yard box isn't converted by a teammate to double the lead.

39

Disallowed Goal

Oh wow, the Reds thought they had a second.

Lovren met a delivery with a great downward header that nestled into the bottom left corner, but Sturridge was standing offside in its path.

35

Goal

GOAL!!!! Daniel Sturridge!!!

What. A. Strike.

The Reds work the ball to Sturridge at the left edge of the area and his intentions are clear, he is shooting. The technique is exquisite, prodded with the outside of his foot to find the far corner.

Get in!!

32

Hearts in mouths for those in red.

Liverpool fail to clear a corner and Gameiro pounces to overhead kick the looping ball - it's a great connection too, but flies just wide of the left post.

30

Yellow Card

Lovren is cautioned for a sliding tackle on Gameiro that sent the striker sprawling out of play near the halfway line.

28

Two solid contributions from Toure, clearing away a threat as Mariano stormed forward along the right and then heading the subsequent corner out too.

25

Another chance for Sturridge.

Lallana picks him out with an incisive pass through the backline but Soria rushes off his line to narrow the angle and blocks the dinked finish.

Match shot

Emre Can has been in the thick of the action so far.

18

The match is settling into more of a rhythm after the initial flurry from either team. Far more possession for Klopp's men now and they are trying to pick a gap in the Sevilla defence.

12

Huge claims for a Liverpool penalty.

Firmino moves inside from the right channel and as he darts into the area, Carrico handles - but the officials wave the strong appeals away.

Better from the Reds, anyway.

11

Close! Clyne attacks to great effect along the right and swings a cross to the back post for Sturridge.

The No.15 climbs highest to nod it back towards the opposite corner, but Carrico recovers to clear before it can bounce over the line.

8

Unlucky, Emre. The first real strike in anger of the final comes from the German, who sends a measured but powerful side-footer towards goal and sees it collected to his left by the 'keeper.

4

The Reds are on the back foot in the opening exchanges as Sevilla try to establish dominance. Holding firm, however, and nothing to trouble Mignolet as yet.

2

Foul

Emre Can penalised for a foul on Banega, but the referee ignores appeals to show the midfielder a very early yellow card.

1

Kick-Off

The Reds get us underway in Basel.

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The two teams are out and rarely have I meant this sentiment more - come on, Liverpool!!!

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Free commentary

Remember you can listen to the most passionate LFC commentary around - and for free - by clicking here. It should definitely be the soundtrack to your night.

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10 minutes to go...

Nerves setting in now, although at least there's the distraction of the pre-match ceremony...

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Weather

One for meteorology fans

Having clearly heard about the popularity of our weather updates on Liverpoolfc.com, UEFA have gone one better and printed both the temperature and humidity reading on the official teamsheet ahead of tonight's fixture.

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A warm welcome

The Liverpool squad are out on the pitch for their pre-match warm-up - and have been greeted by a brilliant welcome from the travelling supporters, who are making all the noise inside St. Jakob-Park.

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Checking out the surface

Dejan and Emre having a quick look at the pitch at St. Jakob-Park earlier this evening...

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Meanwhile in Liverpool...

Let's hope these young Reds fans experience a famous night. They have just arrived at the Echo Arena in the city, where thousands of Kopites are gathering together to watch a live screening of the final.

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SEVILLA LINE-UP

Sevilla XI: Soria, Rami, Krychowiak, Carrico, Gameiro, N’Zonzi, Escudero, Banega, Vitolo, Coke, Mariano.

Substitutes: Rico, Kolodziejczak, Iborra, Cristoforo, Pareja, Konoplyanka, Llorente.

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TEAM NEWS

Confirmed Liverpool XI: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Toure, Moreno, Can, Milner, Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino, Sturridge.

Substitutes: Ward, Skrtel, Allen, Lucas, Henderson, Benteke, Origi.

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Dreams and songs to sing

Pre-match tension is building among the Liverpoolfc.com team at St. Jakob-Park. Lots of hand-wringing and singing/humming of Poetry in Motion from editor James Carroll in the press room.

How are YOU feeling right now?

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Weather

IMPORTANT: WEATHER UPDATE ALERT

So, we don't do these updates for no reason, you know?

As we correctly told you earlier today, the rain has started to come down in Basel. Will probably make the surface nice and slick.

Anyone agree with my shout it could be a lucky omen after the Dortmund downpour of 2001?

No? Alright then.

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In demand

The front cover of tonight's official match programme.

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A present from Basel

Journalists at St. Jakob-Park's media centre have been presented with a gift upon arrival from the city of Basel- a box of basler läckerli, which is a traditional hard spiced biscuit from the region.

Liverpoolfc.com's David Lynch is resisting temptation so he can offer them as a gift when he gets back home.

Typical.

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A selfie with the boss...

...is what one lucky fan got today outside the Reds' hotel. How much would you want to get one of these with Jürgen?

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Out in force

As we mentioned earlier, Liverpool fans have turned Basel red today. We dispatched club photographers John and Andrew Powell into the city centre to capture some of the action...

To see our full gallery, click here.

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Let the boss make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up...

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Something Xtra...

As we've mentioned already, Liverpool can't seem to help but reach European finals.

Take a look back at our last 10 appearances in the showpiece fixture of continental competitions with LFC Xtra by clicking here.

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European Royalty

Liverpool and Europe - they just go together. Play the free LFCTV GO clip below to remind yourself why.

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A big evening for Alberto Moreno

We had a chat with the Reds No.18 ahead of tonight's game, which is all the more meaningful for him as he faces his former club.

"It’s going to be a very special final for me," he said. 

"I spent a good few years at Sevilla so it’s going to be a lovely experience for me, meeting up with teammates that I once played alongside."

Click here to read more from the Spaniard.

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One for the facts fans

  • Liverpool are contesting their 12th European final this evening
  • The Reds have won eight of their last 11 Euro final appearances
  • Two of those victories have come against Spanish opposition

Want more like this? Then head here to read Ged Rea's key stats ahead of the big game.

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Been there, done that

If Liverpool's current crop need any advice or inspiration ahead of this evening, they could do a lot worse than ask the serial European trophy winners who have worn Red down the years.

With that in mind, we've pulled together messages of support from the likes of Phil Neal, Alan Kennedy, Phil Thompson and more. Click the picture of Mr Kennedy below to check it out.

 

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A trip down memory lane

Liverpool fans of all ages will know that their team have a handy habit of making it to cup finals both at home and in Europe.

And, as the Anfield trophy cabinet attests, many of them have been unforgettable occasions for Reds.

Relive some of the best ones with our list of 10 memorable cup finals by clicking the picture of Stevie in Istanbul below.

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'Great things are coming for this club'

Lucas Leiva believes two finals in seven months is evidence enough that Jürgen Klopp has Liverpool on the road to glory.

Hard to disagree, really. Read all about it in his exclusive interview with Liverpoolfc.com here.

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'We are Liverpool...'

Basel's Barfusserplatz is Red.

Travelling Liverpool fans have descended upon the square ahead of tonight's game - and they're certainly enjoying themselves.

The entire songbook has been given an airing, while flags and banners are proudly on display everywhere you look.

The atmosphere is certainly one to savour.

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Weather

Drumroll, please...

We won't keep you in suspense any longer, we know you're maybe a little on edge today, so here it is - the all-important weather update from Basel.

Well, it's sunny, fairly warm and looking good so far today; however... Rain and thunder are expected later this afternoon.

Anyone who was in Dortmund in 2001 will remember the torrential downpour that afternoon, so hopefully it's a good omen.

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"I do feel it will be one of those games when Liverpool do get a great chance to break the deadlock but they must take it. If they can score first then it could be a beautiful game and a beautiful night, but if Sevilla were to score first then I think it would be difficult to turn it around."

I'll let you in on an open secret - Steve Hunter loves these big games and he's at it again for you, providing a view from Spain with La Liga expert Guillem Balague. Click here to read the full Q&A.

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Club commentator and journalist Steve Hunter tasked a 'great eight' from the press pack to each pen a short piece ahead of the Europa League final - and the result is a brilliant read on a variety of topics.

Click here to take a look.

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If you wouldn't mind recreating this goal from training in the game tonight, Jordan, it would be much appreciated!

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'Let's make it a perfect end to the year'

Part two of our exclusive interview with Jürgen Klopp is now available to read and watch. It won't surprise you to know that the manager chose some typically inspirational words. Click the picture for more.

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How are the nerves?

The day is finally here and we're now hours away from the Europa League final. Will Reds around the world be celebrating tonight? All fingers are crossed.

We'll endeavour to keep you occupied during the wait for kick-off right here with more updates from Basel.

Pre-match

Take a closer look at the venue for Wednesday's final with our guide to St. Jakob-Park...

Pre-match

Training pictures

The lads were hard at work at St. Jakob-Park earlier this evening - and our photographers weren't slouching either.

Click here to view a full gallery from the session.

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Will Divock return?

The sight of Divock Origi boarding the team plane yesterday - complete with a new hair do, by the way - was a welcome one. So, does he have a chance of being involved tomorrow?

Click the photo to find out what Jürgen Klopp had to say about it...

If you're an LFCTV GO subscriber, you can watch Jürgen Klopp, Jordan Henderson and James Milner take questions from the world's media at St. Jakob-Park in our videos below. Sign up here if you need to.

'How Liverpool have prepared for Basel'

Jürgen Klopp was in fine form in his pre-match press conference at St. Jakob-Park earlier.

He offered an insight into how he's been preparing the Reds for the Europa League final and it turns out, it's not that much different to normal.

Click the picture below to see what he said.

Pre-match

That's that

The press conference has now come to an end but stay tuned to Liverpoolfc.com and this blog for further coverage as well as footage and pictures from today's open training session!

Pre-match

Klopp: "I really don't like to put the finger on these [opposition] players. It depends where we show weaknesses - they can only be as strong as we let them be."

Pre-match

Klopp: "I don't feel pressure, never felt doubt around me at a club. It makes me completely free for decisions and gives me and my team time to develop."

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Klopp: "I'm pleased for the boys and pleased I can be part of this moment with this team. I'm really happy they could show how strong they are and tomorrow is a big opportunity to make the final step."

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Klopp: "We will see [on Divock Origi]. You can watch the training session after the press conference, unfortunately, so you can see."

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Klopp: "We already know about the desire of our supporters. We know how much they want to win this cup - they showed us in an impressive way."

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Klopp: "Before the final I only think about the performance because I know there are only two possible things - you win or you lose."

Pre-match

Henderson: "The manager has instilled a spirit and mentality throughout the whole club. Every single player went up a level and we're here in a European final."

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Henderson: "We don't know the team yet. We'll probably find out a few hours before the game, like always."

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Milner: "So much is put on being in the top four and the Champions League but ultimately if you look back at your career and you don't win anything but you play in the Champions League six seasons then you won't have anything to look at in your cabinet."

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Milner: "So much is put on being in the top four and the Champions League but ultimately if you look back at your career and you don't win anything but you play in the Champions League six seasons then you won't have anything to look at in your cabinet."

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Henderson: "It's everything you dream of as a football when you're a young boy."

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Milner: "I think Champions League is a nice bonus but I can't say we've thought about it too much. We've got another tough game tomorrow and the only aim on our mind is winning a trophy."

Pre-match

Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Jürgen Klopp are here to preview tomorrow's game - updates to follow.

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There she is...

The Europa League trophy has been brought into the media room ahead of the press conference. No touching, though!

Pre-match

The press conference centre has been opened to the media, who are filing in ready for Liverpool's pre-match briefing. Is set to start at 3.30pm BST - click here for details on how to watch it live.

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There's something about LFC and Europe...

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Stats bonanza

Who doesn't like a stat? And we've got plenty, courtesy of Ged Rea, who has provided all of the following ahead of the big game...

  • Liverpool's record in this season's Europa League
  • The club's history in all guises of the tournament
  • How the Reds have fared against Spanish teams

Click the picture for the lowdown.

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Important travel information

Supporters attending Wednesday's fixture in Basel should click here to read some important travel information provided by the club.

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Milner's motivation

There's a wall in the Melwood reception which lists Liverpool's major honours.

James Milner wants to change it.

Find out why.

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It's fair to say Jürgen Klopp likes the Europa League - and here's two minutes of footage that prove the manager's passion for this tournament...

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Take a closer look at the stats behind each side's run to the final with our Opta widget below...

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Weather

***** WEATHER UPDATE *****

OK, we hear you. We've kept you waiting long enough. We all know the real reason you visit this blog.

Anyway, meteorology fans, it's quite a pleasant day in Basel, although it's clouded over a bit in the last hour or so. Temperatures are a comfortable 17 degrees and no rain is expected.

Do you need a coat if you're heading here today? I'd say, yes.

Pre-match

Not that we think anyone's appetite needs whetting right now, but you can watch all 18 of our goals en route to Basel for free in our clip below. Enjoy.

Pre-match

Later this afternoon, Jürgen Klopp, Jordan Henderson and James Milner will tackle questions from the world's media at the pre-match press conference at St. Jakob-Park before the Reds train at the stadium ahead of tomorrow's game.

You can watch both by visiting liverpoolfc.com/watch.

Pre-match

Jürgen Klopp exclusive

Let's start with the boss and the first part of an exclusive interview on Wednesday's final.

Seven months after he asked for everyone connected with the club to become 'a believer', he feels his side are 100 per cent prepared for the challenge ahead.

Click the picture to read and watch the chat now.

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The build-up begins...

Welcome to our rolling blog for the final game of the season, and what an occasion - Liverpool face Sevilla in the Europa League decider in Basel.

We're with the team in Switzerland as they prepare for the clash with the Spanish side, ready to bring you all of the latest news, quotes, photos, social media posts and much more.

Get involved using the hashtag #WeAreLiverpool and join LFCTV and LFCTV GO for extensive build-up and unrivalled player access by clicking here.

One thing is certain - it's guaranteed to be dramatic.