Salah scores 40th goal of the season as Liverpool see off Bournemouth

9. Roberto Firmino

9. Roberto Firmino

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.

During a dominant first half, Liverpool created 10 goalscoring opportunities to Bournemouth's one and Mane's 18th goal of the season ultimately laid the foundations for a comfortable evening.

The Egypt global 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.

After knocking Manchester City out of the Champions League 5-1 on aggregate on Tuesday, this fixture at home to Eddie Howe's side had a feel of after the Lord Mayor's show about it for the hosts.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, who was suspended for the second leg at the Etihad Stadium, was the only change as he returned in place of James Milner and his sharpness and desire was a telling factor in securing Saturday's victory.

Salah should have doubled Liverpool's lead on 33 minutes but was denied by Cook with a superb block.

Pre-match tributes were held on the eve of the 29th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, before Liverpool began on the front foot and Salah toed Trent Alexander-Arnold's pass from deep just wide of the right-hand post.

Still there remained very little goal threat at the other end - with Jermain Defoe anonymous - allowing Salah time to finally find his range. It's all about him and all about us, how we finish the season. "And what a number we scored as a team in the whole season, that's insane".

Roberto Firmino should have added a third for Liverpool on 74 minutes only to see his effort cleared off the line.

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