Mo’s fab at 40 for Klopp idols New landmark for Salah as Reds stay on a roll
Mo Salah became just the third player in Liverpool’s history to score 40 goals in a season with a classy header for Jurgen Klopp’s rampant side.
That added to Sadio Mane’s early strike and Roberto Firmino netted late on to kill off the Cherries as the Reds stayed on a roll after their Champions League heroics.
And Klopp hailed the attitude of his side as they backed up that Euro win over Manchester City.
He said: “Bournemouth are a good team but we didn’t let them play. Our pressing, especially in the first hour, was outstanding.
“We had to wait for the second goal but could see in the last 10-15 minutes how intense we were.
“It was the perfect game and we kept the ball with a clear mind.”
Salah – who joined Liverpool legends Roger Hunt and Ian Rush in the 40 club – could have scored in just three minutes, prodding a great opportunity wide.
But the opener arrived shortly after. Jordan Henderson spotted Mane in the box and although the Senegalese’s header was saved by Asmir Begovic, the ball came back to him to stick away the rebound.
It continued to be all Liverpool in the first half and Begovic denied Trent Alexander-Arnold and Salah before Bournemouth threatened.
But the attack was halted by the assistant’s flag as Ryan Fraser was offside prior to collecting Charlie Daniels’ backheel and crossing for Jermain Defoe to tap home.
For all Liverpool’s dominance, they only had one goal to show for it in the first 45 as Salah continued to be frustrated, with Steve Cook’s brilliant challenge denying him.
There was a lack of intensity from both sides at the start of the second period but Salah certainly still had motivation in his battle to beat Spurs striker Harry Kane to the golden boot.
However, there was a sense it might not be Salah’s day when he failed to win a penalty after a coming together with Nathan Ake. Ref Chris Kavanagh was unmoved but that ball over the top to Salah showed the way to get him in and he finally scored in 69 minutes.
Alexander-Arnold clipped a pass over Ake’s head and on to Salah, who nodded superbly over Begovic and into the net for his 40th goal of a remarkable debut season.
Brazilian Firmino added No. 3 when he collected a pass from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, took a touch inside and then steered a shot through Simon Francis’ legs and past Begovic’s dive.
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe felt his side showed Liverpool too much respect, saying: “In the first half we were too passive. It was a mix of them being very good and us not being quite at our best.”
MO LIMIT Salah laps up the adulation of the Anfield crowd after bagging his 40th goal of the season (inset below)