Milner devastated after defeat

Liverpool vs Sevilla

James Milner admits that it will take a long time for the Liverpool players to get over their Europa League final defeat to Sevilla.

The Reds lost 3-1 against the holders at St Jakob-Park, despite leading at half time thanks to a Daniel Sturridge strike.

Kevin Gameiro equalised immediately after the restart before a double from Coke helped Sevilla win the Europa League for the third season in a row and for the fifth time in the last 11 years.

Liverpool will not now be playing in Europe next season, after only managing to finish eighth in the Premier League, while Sevilla have qualified for the Champions League.

The Reds had beaten the likes of Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund and Villarreal earlier in the competition, but Milner accepted that Sevilla had been the better side on the night.

He said after the final whistle: “We’ve shown that character time and time again in this competition, but tonight we couldn’t do that.

“That’s disappointing. When you leave yourselves too much to do one too many times, it’s pretty difficult to do it time and time again. It will take a long time to get over this but we have to regroup, take what belief we can and learn from what we can.

“We gave a sloppy goal away in the first couple of seconds in the second half and we never really got back into the game from there. We didn’t play anywhere near our abilities and that’s probably the biggest thing for me.”

Liverpool are 9/1 to win the 2016/17 Premier League title outright while Manchester United can be backed at 7/1.

Meanwhile, England are available at 17/2 to win Euro 2016 and Spain can be backed at 11/2.

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