Salah hits 40 mark as Liverpool beat Bournemouth

Birthday boy Sadio Mane will be hoping he can celebrate his special day in style

Birthday boy Sadio Mane will be hoping he can celebrate his special day in style

Mohamed Salah made history sandwiched between Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino as Liverpool's trident delivered a 3-0 win over Bournemouth at Anfield on Saturday.

And Firmino got in on the act in the final stages as Klopp's side move within a point of United, who have two games in hand.

Bournemouth briefly threatened when Dan Gosling's shot brought a smart diving save out of Loris Karius but that was the best they could offer on a day when Liverpool won comfortably without breaking sweat.

- Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 19 Premier League home games (W12 D7), the longest current run in the division, and the Reds' longest run since August 2009 (31 games).

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There have been 19 goals scored in the five previous Premier League meetings between these sides, at an average of 3.8 per game.

Mane reacted quicker than the visiting players and was able to steer the rebound into the unguarded net - thus becoming the highest-scoring Senegalese in the Premier League with 44 goals.

Bournemouth are lining up in a 4-4-1- system, with veteran striker Jermain Defoe leading the line even as Joshua King starts just behind him.

Salah may not be too concerned - he will reach 40 goals for his club in all competitions this season if he scores against the Cherries.

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