Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe praises Mohamed Salah


Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe praises Mohamed Salah

Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool celebrates victory with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Liverpool after the Premier League match between Liverpool and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield on April 14, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

In the 69th minute, Liverpool went 2-0 up thanks to Salah who looped a header over Begovic for his 30th league goal of a remarkable season.

Salah then scored his 30th goal of the Premier League campaign before Firmino rounded off proceedings with one of his own a few minutes from time.

"It's completely normal that a boy in that situation wants to be the top of the scorer list at the end, the Golden Boot or whatever the name is".

With that in mind, Klopp felt that a game in which the Reds could enjoy 62 per cent of the possession was "perfect" to settle back into the swing of domestic action. It's good and impressive. "Ian doesn't look that old", Klopp quipped.

There were some positives for Bournemouth, who managed to contain Salah fairly well before a header from Trent Alexander-Arnold's cross saw the Egyptian bag his 40th of the season in all competitions. You show the boys and they see this. Firmino added Liverpool's third in the dying seconds.

"In the first half we struggled to live with their pace, energy and intensity, we rode our luck in that period and we were happy to come in 1-0 down". And neither of his predecessors achieved that mark in as few as the 45 games it has taken Salah to do so. After an outstanding week when everyone has been saying how good you are into the semi-finals.

The result for the Reds extends their good run of results to five wins in their last six games, re-establishing their 10-point lead against Chelsea in fifth in the Premier League in the race for a top four finish.

Dejan Lovren came off in the 83rd minute at Anfield on Saturday and headed straight down the tunnel after being replaced by Ragnar Klavan.

"Our lads tried to stay in the game as long as they could and the second goal is probably the one that kills it".

Glenn is ESPN FC's Liverpool correspondent.



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