Mo Salah hits 40 mark as Liverpool beat Bournemouth

9. Roberto Firmino

The Reds return to Premier League action on Saturday having secured their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League with a 5-1 aggregate win over Manchester City in midweek.

Sadio Mane was also on target for Liverpool against the Cherries as they moved to within two victories of guaranteeing a top-four finish and qualification for next season's Champions League.

- Mohamed Salah is the eighth different player to score 30-plus goals in a single Premier League season - he is also the first African to do so.

The Senegalese global converted a simple rebound after his initial header from Jordan Henderson's cross had been parried back into his path by Asmir Begovic.

The Egypt global deftly headed in Liverpool's second goal at Anfield to join Ian Rush and Roger Hunt as the only players to achieve the feat for the Reds.

Josh King thought he had equalised for Bournemouth from a corner but he was flagged for offside.

Liverpool should have built on their early lead and the only surprise was that Bournemouth managed to keep in the match, and keep Salah out, until the 69th minute.

Liverpool had a penalty appeal on 66 minutes after what looked like a foul by Nathan Ake on Salah but nothing was given.

Salah nonchalantly headed Trent Alexander-Arnold's pass over Begovic in the second half for his 30th in the league, before Roberto Firmino netted his 25th of the campaign to confirm a fifth win in six games for Jurgen Klopp's team.

On 82 minutes Bournmouth nearly pulled a goal back through Dan Gosling whose well timed shot was saved by Loris Karius.

Firmino finishing the scoring in the 90th minute, cutting across his body to beat Begovic inside the near post.



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