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

Mohamed Salah scores for Liverpool against Bournemouth

Mohamed Salah’s 40th goal of the season helped Liverpool to a routine Premier League win over Bournemouth and moved them to within a point of second-placed Manchester United.

The hosts made the perfect start when Sadio Mane followed up his own header to prod the ball past Cherries keeper Asmir Begovic.

Salah nonchalantly headed Trent Alexander-Arnold’s pass over Begovic in the second half for his 30th in the league, before Roberto Firmino netted his 25th of the campaign to confirm a fifth win in six games for Jurgen Klopp’s team.

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

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.

However, Klopp’s side did not rest on their laurels and found a rhythm and intensity the visitors struggled to match throughout.

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.

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

More to follow.

Line-ups

Liverpool

  • 1Karius
  • 66Alexander-Arnold
  • 6LovrenSubstituted forKlavanat 83′minutes
  • 4van Dijk
  • 26Robertson
  • 5Wijnaldum
  • 14Henderson
  • 21Oxlade-ChamberlainBooked at 54mins
  • 11Salah
  • 9FirminoSubstituted forSolankeat 90+1′minutes
  • 19ManéSubstituted forMilnerat 77′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Milner
  • 17Klavan
  • 18Moreno
  • 22Mignolet
  • 28Ings
  • 29Solanke
  • 58Woodburn

Bournemouth

  • 27Begovic
  • 24Fraser
  • 2Francis
  • 3S Cook
  • 5AkéBooked at 15mins
  • 11Daniels
  • 33IbeSubstituted forMoussetat 58′minutes
  • 16L CookSubstituted forSurmanat 73′minutes
  • 4Gosling
  • 17King
  • 18DefoeSubstituted forWilsonat 70′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Boruc
  • 6Surman
  • 7Pugh
  • 13Wilson
  • 14B Smith
  • 31Mousset
  • 42Simpson
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
52,959

Match Stats

Home TeamLiverpoolAway TeamBournemouth
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home20
Away6
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Liverpool 3, Bournemouth 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Liverpool 3, Bournemouth 0.

Attempt missed. Andrew Robertson (Liverpool) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Mohamed Salah.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Dominic Solanke replaces Roberto Firmino.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 3, Bournemouth 0. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Attempt missed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Georginio Wijnaldum.

Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Steve Cook (Bournemouth).

Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Wilson (Bournemouth).

Attempt blocked. Joshua King (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Charlie Daniels.

Attempt missed. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Joshua King.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Ragnar Klavan replaces Dejan Lovren because of an injury.

Offside, Liverpool. Mohamed Salah tries a through ball, but Roberto Firmino is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Joshua King (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Fraser with a cross.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Attempt blocked. Joshua King (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Simon Francis with a cross.

Attempt saved. Dan Gosling (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Georginio Wijnaldum.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Steve Cook.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Dejan Lovren.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. James Milner replaces Sadio Mané.

Offside, Bournemouth. Andrew Surman tries a through ball, but Joshua King is caught offside.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Jordan Henderson.

Attempt blocked. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) with an attempt from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Andrew Surman replaces Lewis Cook.

Attempt missed. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Mohamed Salah.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Callum Wilson replaces Jermain Defoe.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 2, Bournemouth 0. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Foul by Roberto Firmino (Liverpool).

Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Sadio Mané (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lewis Cook (Bournemouth).

Attempt blocked. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Roberto Firmino.

Offside, Liverpool. Dejan Lovren tries a through ball, but Roberto Firmino is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Offside, Liverpool. Sadio Mané tries a through ball, but Roberto Firmino is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Lys Mousset replaces Jordon Ibe.

Attempt missed. Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Georginio Wijnaldum.

Booking

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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