Ruthless Real and Lakadaisical Liverpool

It was not the type of game we wanted, but it was an enthralling final nonetheless. The entire footballing world wept at the sight of Mohammed Salah, who has entertained both Liverpool and neutral fans all throughout the season, going off injured midway through the first-half of the Champions League Final and the biggest game of the Egyptian’s career so far. This ultimately damaged the Reds’ hopes of writing a sixth edition of glory in this competition, as a wonder-goal from Gareth Bale helped Real Madrid on their way to a routine win, and their third Champions League trophy in a row. But barring the premature withdrawal of Salah, what can we learn from the contest regarding where Liverpool can go from