When Liverpool lost the ball they were like lions - Klopp

Liverpool player ratings against Bournemouth: Salah shines again as Reds close on Man Utd

Liverpool player ratings against Bournemouth: Salah shines again as Reds close on Man Utd

Liverpool produced another masterclass of attacking football as they defeated Bournemouth 3-0 at Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday evening.

However, the hosts didn't have to wait much longer to strike an early advantage as Mane opened the scoring, converting at the second attempt after his header from Henderson's pinpoint ball was initially saved by Asmir Begovic.

Mane was joined on the scoresheet by fellow forwards Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino - the seventh time this season all three have netted in the same game.

Bournemouth, who did not test Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius until Andrew Surman's late shot, remain 11th on 38 points.

Coming just four days after their 2-1 win over Man City in the Champions League, Liverpool showed no sign of a European hangover and instead produced a hugely mature showing.

Salah is also only the third different player in Liverpool history to score 40 or more goals in all competitions in a single season, after Roger Hunt (1961-62) and Ian Rush (1983-84 and 1986-87).

By full-time, Liverpool had monopolised the ball with 618 passes to the visitors' 375 as they eased down with the outcome assured.

The home side and Salah were not to be denied eight minutes later. And neither of his predecessors achieved that mark in as few as the 45 games it has taken Salah to do so.

With Salah's 30th goal this season, he widened the gap to five goals between him and Tottenham's Harry Kane in the Premier League's top scorer race. It's fantastic and he didn't look today like he didn't want to score in the next few games!

"We have a big chance here to create something for the future".

The game was put to bed in the 90th minute when the home side scored a third.

"We were kicking ourselves really because we always believed we could come back if there was one goal in it". It's like, 'Give it [to] him.' We have to mix it up a little bit.

"A good performance, and very, very, very, very important after an outstanding week when everyone has been saying how good, you are into the semi-final", Klopp told BBC Sport.

"We had chances after that, didn't take them and the third goal was unfair on us".

It was only his second headed goal in the league this season and it secured the three points for his side, and possibly his place at the top of the scoring charts. After the City game, you have to concentrate more because you usually know how it [can go].

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