Liverpool were on the wrong side of the margins in the Champions League final but it was the premature departure of Mo Salah that took the wind out of their sails in the first half.
The difference between the quality on the two benches was illustrated by two former Southampton men; Real Madrid had superstar Gareth Bale to call on and he produced a moment of pure magic to decide the game before adding a soft second goal later on.
On the other hand, Jurgen Klopp had Adam Lallana to call upon; the England playmaker is a fine player but he has been left out of Gareth Southgate’s England squad because he simply hasn’t been able to prove himself fit enough this season.
That’s without factoring in that Lallana and Salah could not be more different as players; one has guile, the other is all about directness and pace.
Therefore, it is clear that Klopp needs to bolster his squad, especially after the January absence of Philippe Coutinho and one man who has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield is Lyon’s 24-year-old forward Nabil Fekir.
When we asked you whether he could replace Coutinho, the response was overwhelming with 95 per cent claiming he can fill the Brazilian’s boots.