Salah scores goal number 40 in Liverpool's 3-0 win against Bournemouth


- 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.

Salah's goal, his 30th in the division, not only furthered his individual case to beat Harry Kane in the golden boot race, but also strengthened Liverpool's grip on a top-four finish as they re-established their 10-point cushion over fifth-placed Chelsea.

The scoreline could've been greater in the first period but for Cherries defenders putting in crucial last ditch blocks and interceptions, while Salah would've had a great chance to double to lead towards the end of the half had his touch not let him down. Ian doesn't look that old!

The Egypt worldwide 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. But we can not force it; so, pass, shoot, pass, shoot, that's the normal thing to do. 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.

But Salah has reached his 40 quicker than either of his predecessors and, with potentially seven games remaining for his team, may yet challenge the all-time club record, now held by Rush who scored 47 goals in a blistering 1983-84 campaign. "Yes, it's extraordinary. (Salah) knows that the kind of (football) we play suits him".

Maybe we shouldn't begrudge Salah too much considering his goal return this season.

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"Impressive numbers", added Klopp.

Before Saturday, Julian Dicks was the last Liverpool player to score at Anfield on the day of a Grand National, in 1994, but Salah's appearance on the scoresheet against Bournemouth had an air of inevitability about it. Bournemouth's former Liverpool youth player Jordan Ibe received a pleasant round of applause from the home fans as he was replaced by Lys Mousset, and at this stage the game needed someone from Eddie Howe's side to take it through the gears.

"We scored fantastic goals, although it took a bit too long for the second but we second fantastic goals".

Bournemouth, who did not test Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius until Andrew Surman's late shot, remain 11th on 38 points. "I think they're really growing as a team".

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

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