Liverpool 3-0 Bournemouth

Goalkeeper Loris Karius will face former side Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium

Jürgen Klopp praised a "perfect" performance from Liverpool after they recorded a 3-0 victory over AFC Bournemouth at Anfield on Saturday evening to maintain their quest for a top-four finish.

The hosts made the ideal start when Sadio Mane followed up his own header to prod the ball past Cherries keeper Asmir Begovic.

That header came either side of efforts from the other two members of Liverpool's attacking triumvirate, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, as Klopp's men reestablished their 10-point cushion over fifth-placed Chelsea in the race for Champions League qualification.

Liverpool will now surpass a year unbeaten in home league games before Stoke City visit in a fortnight - by which time Roma will have been to town for a Champions League semi-final clash that has rather more riding on it than this game.

But the hosts found a rhythm and intensity that Bournemouth struggled to match.

Salah, the first African player to hit 30 English Premier League goals in a season, now has Ian Rush's record of 47 goals for Liverpool in a season firmly in his sights.

By full-time, Liverpool had monopolised the ball with 618 passes to the visitors' 375 as they eased down with the outcome assured.

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"Our lads tried to stay in the game as long as they could and the second goal is probably the one that kills it". "I don't think about it", Klopp said about the 25-year-old.

"We were kicking ourselves really because we always believed we could come back if there was one goal in it".

Asked about his leading scorer possibly being distracted by the prospect of that personal accolade, Klopp added: "We need his greed, we need him to want to score".

"The front three (Salah, Mane, Firmino) are outstanding players with mobility and pace, but the midfield three did really well as well".

For 68 minutes, Bournemouth succeeded where so many defences around Europe have failed this season, in shackling Mohamed Salah, before bowing to the inevitable and becoming yet another notch in the Liverpool forward's goalscoring belt.

At half-time, despite Liverpool clearly in the ascendancy, the score read 1-0 in favour of the Reds and the home crowd was desperate to see a quick goal to calm the nerves.

- Sadio Mane is now the outright top scoring Senegalese player in Premier League history, scoring 44 goals in the competition and eclipsing Demba Ba (43).

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