Mo’s fab at 40 for Klopp idols New land­mark for Salah as Reds stay on a roll


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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)

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