Liverpool display leaves Klopp speechless

Jurgen Klopp was lost for words after Liverpool beat Villarreal 3-0 at Anfield to qualify for the Europa League final.

Trailing 1-0 from the first leg, the Reds dominated throughout, with Bruno Soriano’s early own goal followed by second-half strikes from Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana.

To make matters worse, the Spanish side, who appeared overwhelmed by the atmosphere and display, had defender Victor Ruiz sent off midway through the second half.

“I have not the right words for this performance so maybe you can find a few – it is your job,” Klopp told reporters at the post-match press conference.

“It was nice to watch, be part of it, the whole performance from 6.45pm when we drove through the road again.

“The first half-hour was power, the will was obvious and 15 minutes (of the first half) we lost a bit of patience.

“Second half we were back to the plan. We were very emotional plus very smart and scored some wonderful goals.”

Klopp handed England striker Sturridge a first start in four European games, and the 26-year-old repaid his manager’s faith with one of his best performances of the season.

“A great game from Daniel Sturridge,” Klopp added. “You all see now when Daniel Sturridge is fit he is an unbelievable striker but even he needs players to play with and I know about his quality, I knew before I came here. Great player.”

Liverpool will play Sevilla, who are aiming to win the competition for the third-consecutive season, in the final, which will be held in Basel on May 18.

Sevilla beat Shakhtar Donetsk 3-1 to win the tie 5-3 on aggregate.

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