Leicester City suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at Burnley on Sunday to end any lingering outside hopes of them winning the Premier League.
Some have discounted their credentials but having sat second in the league for some time they had to be taken seriously.
Although it’s not mathematically impossible, it does seem like a foregone conclusion that Liverpool will now claim the title.
Leicester were beaten by the Clarets after goals from Chris Wood and Ashley Westwood, despite Harvey Barnes opening the scoring.
The game won’t live long in the memory of Brendan Rodgers but it might have given him a glimpse of a player he should consider signing.
Nick Pope appears to have put his injury problems firmly behind him. He was brilliant against the Foxes and saved a Jamie Vardy penalty.
The 27-year-old has played in all 23 of Burnley’s league games this season, keeping seven clean sheets.
Pope has two England caps and with Kasper Schmeichel not getting any younger, Brendan Rodgers might start looking towards a replacement.
He could do a lot worse than Pope. He has really kicked on since signing from Charlton and is the established number one at Turf Moor.
Burnley have to be deemed a selling club and the chance to play in Europe would surely be a big incentive for Pope.
The custodian earns £35,000-a-week (Spotrac) at Turf Moor and he’d be extremely affordable from a Leicester point of view.
Schmeichel is a club legend at the King Power Stadium but he won’t be playing forever.
At 33, he is still playing alright but some proper competition for his place wouldn’t go amiss.
Pope helped plot Leicester’s downfall on Sunday and he could be the ideal long-term replacement for the Dane.