The 2-1 defeat to Spanish side Sevilla was the Reds’ second cup final defeat last season, but much harder to accept than the League Cup final defeat to Man City – with Champions League football having been the prize on offer in Basel.
“Of course I’ve had a lot of thoughts about this,” Klopp told reporters this week. “Tt still feels bad.”
But Klopp’s side were stunned by an equaliser just 18 seconds into the second-half and never recovered from it.
“In the second half, 18 seconds in was too soon,” Klopp reflects.
“I’ve thought a lot about half-time but there wasn’t anything too special that I could highlight – that we were not too sure about the game or something like this.
“We knew it was only half-time and there was still a lot of work to be done but then what happened, happened.”
Liverpool’s second-half display was abject, lacking in any of the qualities Klopp had installed in his months prior to the final.
“When you watch it again you see that something broke at that moment. Different players had no weapons any more. They had no power and no confidence,” says the boss.
“You saw that. We went too deep in a lot of positions and we were not close enough to the challenges.
“All of it was not too good but it was, of course, about the intensity that we had had on the way to the final. We’d had to over-perform one or two times, we had to play very special games and we’d had a lot of games.
The final was Liverpool’s 63rd game of a long season and Klopp wonders if fatigue played its part – but won’t accept that as an excuse.
“We’d tried everything to have fresh legs for the final, but none of this is an excuse because this was not a final that we should have lost but we lost and that’s the truth.”
Klopp had rotated his squad in the lead-up to the final, making wholesale changes in the league games. Next season promises to be different, with no European involvement.
“You have to take the right thoughts from it and that’s what we’ll try to do but that’s not easy because you can’t bring all of this up in the first meeting and say: ‘Look, I hope you had a wonderful holiday, but I want to tell you the second half in Basel was not so good’. That wouldn’t make sense.
“It’s an experience, one that you don’t need, but we will get on with it.
“We had no luck in the game. Sevilla had a few moments in the first half when they needed a bit of luck and they had it, but it’s over and it doesn’t feel as bad now as it did at the time.”