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    Liverpool 3-0 Bournemouth Match Report

    Mohamed Salah scored his 40th goal of the season as Liverpool kept up their relentless march towards a top-four spot with victory over Bournemouth on Saturday.

    The Egyptian had missed a succession of chances earlier in the match but his all-important second goal helped to seal the win after Sadio Mane's seventh-minute strike had given the home side a first-half lead.

    Roberto Firmino rounded-off proceedings to add further gloss to the scoreline, while the third goal was also the 300th The Reds have scored since Jurgen Klopp's arrival as manager in October 2015.

    The hosts began to match on the front-foot and could have gone ahead after only three minutes when Salah nipped-in ahead of Asmir Begovic to reach Trent Alexander-Arnold's pinpoint pass but struck narrowly wide.

    Klopp's team didn't have to wait long before taking the lead, however, as Sadio Mane stroked the ball past the unfortunate Begovic at the second attempt after the Bosnian had saved his earlier header.

    Liverpool could have been two goals ahead before the break but Salah's 20-yard strike was easily saved by Begovic, while was unable to find the target from much closer-range after Jordan Henderson's clever pass had picked him out.

    The Reds continued their domination after the interval, with Salah at the heart of the action once again as his side searched for the second goal that the quality of their performance had merited.

    The former Chelsea winger failed to find the power or precision from 20 yards in order to trouble Begovic, while he was unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty minutes later after being bundled to the ground by Nathan Ake.

    Not to be outdone, the prolific Salah met Alexander-Arnold's inch-perfect cross with a stunning header in the 69th-minute that looped over the head of Begovic for his 40th goal of the season.

    Roberto Firmino then nearly added a third goal when he cut inside on his left-foot after being found by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's cleverly-weighted pass but his effort was cleared off the line by Ake.

    Bournemouth offered very little as an attacking side throughout the contest, although they did spark into life in the final minutes, with Lys Mousset, Dan Gosling and Callum Wilson all going close.

    Mousset was unable to control the ball when he attacked an exquisite Simon Francis cross inside the six-yard box, while Dejan Lovren's subsequent clearance fell to Gosling who was denied by a smart save from Lorius Karius.

    Wilson went agonisingly close to scoring a consolation goal when he drilled the ball narrowly wide from a tight angle minutes later, but Bournemouth's fightback proved largely academic once Liverpool had sealed the win through Firmino.

    The Brazilian squeezed the ball past Begovic at the near-post, after he was found by another Oxlade-Chamberlain pass, to notch up his 25th goal of the season in all competitions.

    The victory enabled Liverpool to narrow the gap between themselves and second-place Manchester United to a single point, while The Red Devils were unable to extend their advantage further following Sunday's defeat to West Brom.

    Liverpool return to action on Saturday lunch-time when they travel to The Hawthorns to play The Baggies, with the much-awaited Champions League quarter-final tie against Roma taking place at Anfield just three days later.

    Bournemouth, meanwhile, drop a place to 11th in the table following Newcastle's win over Arsenal on Sunday, although The Cherries retain a 10-point gap between themselves and 18th-place Southampton.

    Eddie Howe's side now switch their attentions towards the visit of Manchester United on Wednesday night, while they then enjoy the luxury of a 10-day break before playing The Saints at St Marys' later in the month.
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