The soul searching has begun in earnest and the inquest will go on long into the summer following Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat to Sevilla in last night’s Europa League final.
Despite taking a 35th-minute lead through Daniel Sturridge’s superb effort, Jurgen Klopp’s Reds suffered an alarming second-half collapse against the Spaniards with goals from Kevin Gameiro and a Coke brace doing the damage.
The result left Sevilla toasting a third successive Europa League success and it didn’t take long for the Twitter masses to have their say.
Here’s the best of the reaction to a momentous evening, starting off with commiserations from Germany…
— FC Augsburg English (@FCA_World) May 18, 2016
Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno had a particularly tough evening. There are a lot of ‘Coke jokes’ doing the rounds.
To cheer him up after his poor performance last night, why not share a Coke with Alberto Mor… Maybe not. pic.twitter.com/Fpu8yVubyw
— Alan Brazil (@SportsBreakfast) May 19, 2016
Retweet & Share a Coke with a Liverpool fan.. pic.twitter.com/9RniFEVFAz
— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) May 18, 2016
Liverpool’s defence trying to stop Coke. pic.twitter.com/E3Z5a3eq2Z
— Mike Sanz (@mikesanz19) May 18, 2016
Alberto Moreno’s updated Wikipedia page.. ??? pic.twitter.com/7W7z1QV6y9
— TheODDSbible (@TheOddsBible) May 19, 2016
Moreno did receive some support though with one famous compatriot leaping to his defence.
Some LFC fans have found excuses (ref, Moreno). Most see that a team that finished 8th in this poor PL is a not a great one and it showed
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) May 19, 2016
However, as joy turned to sadness, the TV cameras were quick to highlight the anguish felt by the red half of Merseyside.
And it didn’t take long for some to stick the boot in.
Liverpool fans hanging on to Istanbul like pic.twitter.com/vUNBPjEoln
— Raz (@raztweets) May 18, 2016
The mood had looked very different prior to kick-off.
Scenes in Basel fan park right now. pic.twitter.com/Ta7fwbIgKX
— This Is Anfield (@thisisanfield) May 18, 2016
Still, it’s congratulations to Sevilla for sealing the deal and creating another piece of Europa League history.
— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) May 18, 2016
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