Liverpool 3-0 Bournemouth: Reds reach 70 point mark

Captain Jordan Henderson has to sit out the second leg due to a UEFA suspension

Egypt star Mohamed Salah scored a rare header in Liverpool's 3-0 home victory over Bournemouth on Saturday, setting a record for most goals scored by an African player in a single Premier League season.

With 21 minutes remaining, Trent Alexander-Arnold curled a high ball from deep and Salah escaped from the attention of Nathan Ake to flick a header over over Begovic and into the net.

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.

Liverpool moved a step closer to securing Champions League qualification for next season following the win over Eddie Howe's side, with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino joining Salah on the scoresheet.

"It's all about him and all about us, how we finish the season", Klopp said of Salah.

Liverpool's front three of Salah, Mane and Firmino have scored 83 goals this season in all competitins, while the Reds have managed 300 goals in 148 games under Klopp. In the situation now, with a lot of games around - and they are all unbelievably important - then controlling a game like this is the most important thing to do, to be honest.

"He must have been 14 when he scored his 40 goals", joked Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp about Rush, when told Salah had become the first Liverpool player since the Welshman to hit 40.

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Bournemouth remains 11th with 38 points.

"We were kicking ourselves really because we always believed we could come back if there was one goal in it".

All the best goalscorers in world football want to score at every possibility and that's what makes them brilliant.

Afterwards, Klopp spoke of his satisfaction at his team's performance, the impressive displays of Alexander-Arnold and Oxlade-Chamberlain and the goalscoring exploits of Salah. You won't see a better goal than that this weekend, a real team goal. "Not long ago he needed a rest after a Premier League game".

"In the first half we struggled to live with their pace, energy and intensity, we rode our luck in that period and we were happy to come in 1-0 down".

Mane is now the outright top scoring Senegalese player in Premier League history, netting 44 goals in the competition and eclipsing Demba Ba (43).

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