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See The First African To Score 30 Goals In The Premier League by Stooi76(m) : 8:32 am
Mohamed Salah yesterday scored his 40th goal of the season as Liverpool produced a scintillating performance to overcome Bournemouth and top off the perfect week as they cemented their place in the top-four of the Premier League.
With the goal, he becomes the first African player to reach 30 Premier League goals in a single season. Didier Drogba was the previous highest African scorer with 29 goals in 2009-10.
Salahâ€™s goal means heâ€™s now the first player to 30 league goals in Europeâ€™s big 5 leagues this season and marks the 40th in all competitions in a remarkable campaign that still has a minimum of six and possibly seven games to run. He also becomes only the seventh player in history to score 30 goals in a 38-game Premier League season.
Sadio Mane got the Reds off the mark after only five minutes with his 17th goal of the season, to ensure Jurgen Kloppâ€™s side had something to show for a blistering first-half display.
After beating Manchester City to clinch their place in the semi-final of the Champions League where they will meet Roma, Klopp insisted his side wouldnâ€™t be distracted domestically, and there was little doubt Liverpool were motivated for the tie as they carved Eddie Howeâ€™s side open time and time again.
The German named a strong starting line-up, making just one change from the side on Tuesday night, but a combination of profligate finishing and stout defending meant it looked like Liverpool may have to endure a tense finish to the game.
However, Salah produced a moment of magic in the 69th-minute when he headed a Trent Alexander-Arnold cross past Asmir Begovic to put the result beyond doubt and further furnish an already incredibly impressive first season at Liverpool.
The third member of the Redsâ€™ irrepressible front three, Roberto Firmino, added a third in the last minute to put further gloss on an already polished performance.
Liverpool are now only a point behind second-placed Manchester United and move 10 points clear ahead of Chelsea in fifth, while Bournemouth remain 11th.
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