Jurgen Klopp has been left baffled and devastated by a shambolic collapse that destroyed his Europa League dream.
The Liverpool boss endured a second half from hell as his side gifted Sevilla the trophy with an inexplicable performance he admitted ripped his game-plan to shreds.
But the German coach refused to blame his players and instead insisted he must shoulder the blame himself, as his team lost all shape and discipline to allow the Spanish side a third consecutive win in this final.
A clearly emotional and angry Klopp said: “It was obvious the first goal was a big influence on our game – we lost faith in our style of play.
“We changed from passing simply and quick to slow and complicated and lost our formation, it was not compact any more.
“But in my situation as a manager of the team, all you have to do is self criticism and nothing else. It is my job to help the players react in different situations better, so I can improve a lot.”
Klopp did blame the officials however for refusing to give two first half penalties that added to a stunning Daniel Sturridge strike would have put the game out of sight.
But he refused to use that as an excuse, and instead accepted he and his team must look only at themselves for a second half nightmare that came from nowhere.
“Everybody told me about two handballs in the first half. Today there were four decisive decisions, very obvious decisions that went against us in a final,” he said.
“When it’s close you need a little luck in a final and we hadn’t. But it wasn’t an influence on this – it was our game.