Salah hits 40 goal mark as Liverpool beat Bournemouth in Premier League

Mo Salah was on target again in Liverpool's win over Bournemouth

Mohamed Salah took his tally to 40 for the season as Liverpool maintained their push for a top-four finish with a 3-0 win over AFC Bournemouth at Anfield on Saturday night.

In the 69th minute, Liverpool went 2-0 up thanks to Salah who looped a header over Begovic for his 30th league goal of a remarkable season.

It was only his second headed goal in the league this season and it secured the three points for his side, and possibly his place at the top of the scoring charts.

It also increased his advantage over Harry Kane in the Golden Boot race to five goals. He doesn't look that old.

Liverpool: Loris Karius 6; Trent Alexander-Arnold 8; Dejan Lovren 7; Virgil van Dijk 7; Andrew Robertson 6; Jordan Henderson 8; Georginio Wijnaldum 6; Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 7; Mohamed Salah 7; Roberto Firmino 7; Sadio Mane 7. A lot of times we are in a position shooting and they can not always give the ball to him. "It's really good, but we have to carry on [in] the few games to come". And then what you need in a game like this, against a side who want to have counter-attacks - which is normal if they are that much under pressure - the counter-pressing was outstanding from the boys.

Bournemouth didn't muster a shot on target in a first half they were second best in throughout, and were delighted to hear Chris Kavanagh's whistle for half-time finding themselves only one goal behind. It's good and impressive - what a number, wow! Yes, it's extraordinary. He knows that the kind of [football] we play suits him.

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Liverpool's number nine Roberto Firmino made it three after a display of individual skill as he beat Begovic in the right-hand corner of the post.

Liverpool are unbeaten in their past 19 Premier League home games, the longest current run in the division, and the Reds' longest run since August 2009 (31 games). "You see the boys sometimes searching for him a little too much". As Howe admitted: "We encountered a team that were too good for us".

The Reds dominated the game from the start when Sadio Mane gave them an early lead with his well-taken goal in the seventh minute.

Saturday evenings against Bournemouth may lack the intensity and excitement synonymous with Champions League nights.

Bournemouth took four points from Liverpool last season, but having been swept aside in both meetings this campaign, Eddie Howe believes Liverpool's improvement makes them serious contenders to win the Champions League.



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