Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

All-round Liverpool too strong for Bournemouth

All-round Liverpool too strong for Bournemouth

Mohamed Salah's goal was his 30th Premier League goal this season and his 40th in all competitions.

The Egyptian's finish was a delight as he looped a header over Begovic from 12 yards, but it owed much to a majestic arching pass from Alexander-Arnold from the right touchline.

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

It also increased his advantage over Harry Kane in the Golden Boot race to five goals.

With the win, the Reds close to within a point of second-placed Manchester United, although the Red Devils have two games in hand, but perhaps more importantly, three clear of Tottenham Hotspur.

Sadio Mane scored the first goal as his initial header was saved by Asmir Begovic but put the Reds ahead in his second attempt.

Bournemouth, relatively safe in 11th place but needing a few more points to confirm safety, seemed happy the way things were at 1-0, and appeared to be waiting for a typically late goal from Jermain Defoe, but they were to pay for their lack of enterprise. "It's really good, but we have to carry on [in] the few games to come".

"We played against a very good team today, one of the best in Europe and they are showing it, it was a tough test and we learned a lot", Howe said after the match.

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

Begovic was called into action again to deny Alexander-Arnold and Salah, as Eddie Howe's side looked less than comfortable dealing with Liverpool's attacks.

"You could see in the last 10 or 15 minutes how intense it was for the boys".

"I thought we dominated the game". It's like, 'Give it [to] him.' We have to mix it up a little bit.

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).

Klopp acknowledged on Friday the forthcoming tie with Roma would be at the forefront of fans' minds, but his immediate priority of securing a top-four league finish was evident by the fact he made just one change to his team.

That was Mane's 44th Premier League goal as he became the highest goal-scoring Senegalese when he surpassed former Chelsea and Newcastle striker, Demba Ba.

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