Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe praises Mohamed Salah

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Mohamed Salah joined two Liverpool greats as he scored his 40th goal of a superb season in his side's 3-0 rout of Bournemouth to consolidate third spot in the Premier League on Saturday.

It was Nathan Ake, playing on the left side of a back three, that had the challenge of keeping Salah quite, the Dutchman doing fairly well in comparison to some more senior defender's that have faced Liverpool's star man this season. Midfielder Jordan Henderson lofted a pass into the box, finding Sadio Mane on a header.

There were further half-chances for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah and Mane before the interval, but Bournemouth returned to their dressing room with only a one-goal deficit to contend with.

Third-from-bottom Southampton are five points from the safety zone after relegation rivals Crystal Palace beat Brighton & Hove Albion by the same score at Selhurst Park and Huddersfield Town beat Watford 1-0.

But when he was spotted with another ball over the top from Trent Alexander-Arnold, the Egyptian had the nous just to nod the ball beyond the advancing Asmir Begovic.

The benchmark for Liverpool performances was set 30 years ago. Salah headed the ball with his back to the goal.

Firmino spurned an opportunity to enhance Liverpool's lead when he rounded Begovic, only to have a shot blocked on the line, while Loris Karius was called into action to thwart Dan Gosling's close-range whack after the ball fell invitingly inside the area.

Ever since they were unceremoniously knocked out of the FA Cup after a 2-3 defeat in the 4th round at the hands of West Brom towards the end of January, Liverpool have consistently been firing on all cylinders, wiping out teams that have stood in their way, including the seemingly infallible Manchester City. We don't need any more incentive than that. It's completely normal that a boy in that situation wants to be top of the scoring list, the Golden Boot.

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

For Bournemouth it's just about finish as high as possible this season with their Premier League status all but secured for another season.

Chelsea kept their faint hopes of Champions League football next season alive by closing to within seven points of Spurs with a stunning eight-minute fightback to deepen Southampton's predicament in the bottom three. It's good and impressive.

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