Cape Town - Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge admits losing 3-1 to Sevilla in the Europa League final on Wednesday night was a bitter pill to swallow.
The England international opened the scoring for the Reds in the 35th minute at St. Jakob-Park, against the run of play, with a curling strike into the far corner with the outside of his left foot.
However, his goal was ruled out by Kévin Gameiro's strike as the ‘Kings of Europa’ came out firing in the second half to win their third consecutive Europa League trophy.
"They played well in the second-half and it was nice to score but at the same time you want to come away with a winner's medal," Sturridge said.
"We worked hard out there. But to lose the game is heartbreaking. But that's football. When you lose in two finals it's hard to take and you just have to take it on the chin.
"The Euros are coming up and then it's pre-season. For England I will do my best and then next season we will go into that with a mentality to be the winner."