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Klopp - We will take 100,000 fans to the Europa League final

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Klopp turning Anfield into a fortress once again
Klopp turning Anfield into a fortress once again

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes as many as 100,000 Reds fans could make the trip to Basel for the Europa League final against Sevilla later this month.

Klopp's class of 2016 guided Liverpool into their first European final for nine years with a comprehensive 3-0 win over a 10-man Villarreal side who lost their heads in the red-hot cauldron of Anfield.

The Spanish side are not the first side to succumb to the almost magical powers of the famous old ground and they will probably not be the last.

But having arrived with a reputation for defensive discipline they were overcome in this Europa League semi-final second leg by whirling dervishes with a renewed hunger for silverware and a wall of noise rolling down off the Kop.

Bruno's early own goal settled the nerves before Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana wrapped things up after the break, with Villarreal's Victor Ruiz needlessly sent off with the score still finely balanced at 2-0, when an away goal would have turned it in the visitors' favour.

A banner on the Kop simply reads 'European Elite', and while this competition may not be where a club of Liverpool's history are used to playing, it offers a path back to the big time with a win in Basle later this month - in addition to a trophy. The opponents there will be Sevilla.

"We go to Basel. We take 50k, 60k not in the stadium - maybe 100k - it is a nice city by the way," said Klopp.

"This was a wonderful night, brilliant game from my side. What a performance. The first half an hour was a big emotion. It was great.

"The last 15 minutes of the first half we lost patience. The second half plan was to keep going with the emotional football but using the brain a bit more and in the end brilliant.

"Everyone spoke a lot about this team before I came here. It was all about quality and not good transfers, I came here because I thought they had a nice squad but now we are in the final - Basel - a longer season!"