Mohamed Salah scored his 40th goal of the season as an impressive Liverpool swept Bournemouth aside 3-0 at Anfield on Saturday.
Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino were also on the mark as the Reds maintained their push for a top-four finish in the Premier League.
Here is what the media made of the win over Eddie Howe’s charges…
Ian Doyle, Liverpool Echo
Not since May 9 1987, when Ian Rush scored in a 3-3 draw at Chelsea on the final day of the Division One season, had a Liverpool player scored so many times in a single season. That Salah has done it in just 45 games having been at Anfield less than a year underlines the extent of his achievement. The PFA Player of the Year award, for which he was revealed among the nominations earlier in the day, surely beckons. So too the Golden Boot as the Premier League's top goalscorer, no matter how hard Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane pushes. And the Egyptian is now one goal away from equalling Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez’s joint Premier League record of 31 goals in a 38-game season. But this latest win wasn't all about Salah. Instead, it highlighted how Liverpool's thrilling forward line is sharing the goalscoring burden. With Roberto Firmino notching his 25th of the campaign during injury time, between them he, Salah and Mane have scored 82 times, the first time Liverpool's three leading scorers have managed that many goals combined during a single season. Liverpool deserve credit for this professional performance against an obdurate Bournemouth who, for the most part, defended well but, a late flurry apart, were negated going forward. Salah will again dominate the headlines. But this latest win at the end of a fine week further demonstrated how Liverpool are maturing as a team.
Simon Hughes, Independent
The star of the Klopp era is this well-oiled team. In normal seasons, Roberto Firmino, James Milner, Andy Robertson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would be candidates for the player of the season award, even though three of them have only really emerged in the second half of the campaign. It changes things that Mohamed Salah has been there throughout, of course, whose commitment towards goalscoring throughout has been puritanical. Here, his arcing header from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s second gorgeous cross of the day ensured he became only the third forward in Liverpool’s history to score 40 times in a campaign. Salah’s company is legendary. The other two? Roger Hunt and Ian Rush. Liverpool’s lead had been established in the seventh minute, though it could have been established earlier had Salah’s accuracy not abandoned him from the first of those Gerrard-esque Alexander-Arnold deliveries. Instead, the advantage followed from another cross – this time from Jordan Henderson. Henderson’s creative output feels like it has improved since the signing of Virgil van Dijk because he knows as the holding midfielder, he can drive further up the pitch and hold there, with the enormous Dutchman marshalling behind him. His curving pass came from a right of centre position. In converting at the second opportunity, Sadio Mané ensured that for only the third time since 1990-1991 Liverpool’s top three league scorers have reached double figures for the campaign.
Paul Wilson, Guardian
The bad news for Harry Kane is that Mohamed Salah is not standing still waiting to be caught. The Liverpool forward became the first player to reach 30 league goals with a delightful second-half header, leaving him one goal short of the record for a 38-match season, with four games to play. In all competitions Salah has 40 for the season, enough to join the ranks of Liverpool royalty. Only Roger Hunt and Ian Rush have managed that feat before. One more league goal and Salah joins Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suárez as joint top scorers for a 38-game Premier League season, although the chances are he will go out in front. He may even reach or pass the 34 goals Shearer scored in the original 42-fixture Premier League, though for the moment Liverpool are sufficiently impressed with the Rush connection.
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