Salah scores 40th goal as Liverpool beat Bournemouth

Virgil van Dijk

"I said after 10-15 minutes we will be champions", said Guardiola of his side's fast start.

But after he became just the third player in Liverpool's history to score 40 goals in a single season, Salah is forgetting about any individual gong and only has eyes one trophy.

There were a few moments against Bournemouth when Salah looked preoccupied by getting to 40 goals, but he made no apology as he wants to outgun Tottenham's Harry Kane in the race for the Golden Boot.

Salah, 25, has enjoyed an incredible first season at Anfield, scoring 40 goals in 45 games in all competitions since arriving from Roma.

However, he returned to the starting lineup after midweek's assault on Manchester City in the Uefa Champions League.

The deserved win sees Jurgen Klopp's in-form side go three points clear of Tottenham in third place, with a very winnable Champions League semi to come.

"Liverpool then have a home game against Stoke and I would encourage Klopp to rest his front three for that one and have them ready for what will be a hard game at the Stadio Olympico in Rome".

The goal also saw the Egypt worldwide reach the 40-goal mark across all competitions; a feat that he achieved in just 45 games.

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He said: "Of course it's a great feeling".

After they were beaten by arch-rivals Manchester United a week earlier from two goals up when victory would have crowned them kings of England, then knocked out of Europe by Liverpool, some suggested that City were beginning to flag.

"I will try my best to score again and help the team".

He added: "Of course I can not lie - it is in my mind".

"Now we still have four games and they have five games so I have to think about my games and we see".

"We've encountered a team that was too good for us today, but we've got some massive games to come".

"The finish from Mo was a bit of an unusual one for him and one that maybe took everyone by surprise", midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain added.

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