Wednesday 21 February 2018 / 10:27 AM


Sevilla FC and Liverpool will battle out in Europa League final on Thursday morning (AEST).

This will be Sevilla’s third consecutive final across multiple competitions; the Spanish side has reached the final of the Europa League the previous two years and will play Barcelona in the Copa Del Ray final the following week.

This is in stark contrast to Liverpool, who last played in a European final in 2007.

The match will take place at St Jakob-Park in Basel, Switzerland.

Liverpool will hope to have their captain, Jordan Henderson, back from a knee ligament problem. It is rumored that the Reds’ manager, Jurgen Klopp, will prefer Divock Origi to start the match over England international, Daniel Sturridge.

This is the second final Klopp’s Liverpoool side has reached in his seven months at the club.

Since his appointment he has impressed fans and pundits with his ability to get the best out of the players.

One player who has been outstanding under Klopp, is German midfielder, Emre Can. He told Liverpool FC this final could be the most important match of his career.

“I think everybody is training hard for a game like this,” Can said.

“I’ve never won a final with Liverpool up to now – and I want to win that final and my first trophy with Liverpool.

“I will give my best, the team will give its best and then we want to win the game and hopefully we will do it.

“Maybe it’s the most important game [of my career] against Sevilla because I’ve played just one final against Manchester City, so it’s the biggest game for me.

“Sevilla know how to play in the Europa League. They’ve won the last two Europa League titles, and so it will be a very tough game, but if we show what we are able to do as a team then we can win the final.”

If Liverpool is to be successful, their defence will have to hold firm against one of the world’s best strikers.

Kevin Gamerio has played a role in nine of Sevilla’s 14 goals in this season’s competition, scoring seven and setting up two.

Sevilla coach, Unai Emery, told he hopes the forward will continue his good form.

“Playing in all these finals and winning these titles generated a lot of emotion which makes this a very special time to be at Sevilla,” Emery said.

“Sevilla care about this competition. You have to come up with the goods and rise to the challenge to go a long way in this competition.

“The fact that this is our third consecutive final demonstrates how focused and hungry we have been to do well in the Europa League and win it.

“Its a challenge [to face Liverpool], in the sense of having to face big opponents with a distinguished history and who currently have a lot of momentum in this competition – which also represents a route into next season’s Champions League.

“There will certainly be a lot of [Liverpool] fans at the final. What motivates us the most is to play a great match against a big team and achieve our objective of winning.”

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