Liverpool 3-0 Bournemouth: Key observations as Salah nets goal number 40

Liverpool continued their excellent run of form with a dominant 3-0 win over Eddie Howe's men. It could be argued that the Reds could've had one or two more but goals from Sadio Mané, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino seal a largely comfortable victory for the home side.

The win takes Liverpool ten points clear of fifth placed Chelsea, albeit with a game in hand. In the context of the top four race, the victory can prove absolutely vital for the Reds in qualifying for the competition next season.

On a day which both clubs remembered the 96 supporters who lost their lives in the Hillsborough tragedy, Liverpool did Anfield proud. Here are a few observations from the Reds' 3-0 win.

Salah bags number 40

Liverpool fans as a whole are running out of superlatives to describe their Egyptian superstar. He has proved to be one of the signings, if not the signing of the summer with his devastating pace and eye for goal.

The Egyptian was not quite his brilliant best early on as he fluffed an excellent opportunity to put Liverpool ahead after a well placed cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold. A number of Liverpool attacks also broke down as Salah's first touch seemed unusually heavy early on.

You'd fancy him to make Bournemouth pay eventually however, and that he did.

Yet another excellent cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold put Salah in but he still had work to do. With Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake prowling close by, Salah went for a first time looping header which managed to catch Asmir Begovic unawares. 2-0 to Liverpool.

Another game, another great goal for Mo Salah as he continues to cement his status as one of the world's best footballers. What a player.

Sadio Mané on the scoresheet again

It's been a rather up and down season for Liverpool's Senegalese star, however his value to the side should never be questioned.

He scored Liverpool's first off a pinpoint delivery from Jordan Henderson, pouncing on the rebound after having his initial effort saved. The goal ultimately set the tempo for the home side throughout.

The goal is Mane's tenth in the Premier League which sees him reach double digits for the fourth straight campaign. Since joining Southampton in 2014, he has consistently ranked among the highest scoring wingers in the league. This year is no different for Mané as he looks to help the Reds continue to fire on all cylinders.

So much for a bad season.

Alexander-Arnold shines

All photo credit goes to Anfield HQ — by Anfield HQ
All photo credit goes to Anfield HQ — by Anfield HQ

The last few weeks have been absolutely critical in the development of Liverpool's young full-back. He's been questioned and criticized but he rose the challenge and has put in the best spell of his young Liverpool career.

He kept Leroy Sané quiet over two legs in their Champions league clash with Manchester City a performance which earned him plaudits from both fans and pundits alike. Not to rest on his laurels the 19-year old he showed his class once again today.

The young full-back proved a reliable outlet down the right flank, always threatening the Cherries defence with his dangerous crosses. Arnold's defensive work was also solid as he negated any threat the Cherries presented on his side of the pitch with composure.

His excellent service finally paid off as Mo Salah headed in Liverpool's second off a truly exquisite delivery from the 19 year old. He's far from a finished product, but Alexander-Arnold has been showing the qualities that could cement his status as Liverpool's first choice full-back for seasons to come.

One big step towards Champions league football

In the context of Liverpool's season, perhaps the best thing to take from today's result are the three points. The victory pushes the Reds to 70 points on the year, an impressive return considering the team's early struggles.

More importantly, this sees Liverpool extend the gap on fifth placed Chelsea to ten points and fourth placed Tottenham to three points following the latter's loss to Manchester City.

Although the Reds are in the Champions league semi-finals, it's essential that they push to secure qualification for the competition through traditional means. Doing that will see Liverpool qualify for Europe's most prestigious club competition for the second consecutive season.

Victory over Bournemouth today has put them one step closer to that goal, which is absolutely essential if they want to continue the brilliant progression they have made under manager Jürgen Klopp.

It's been an impressive few weeks for the Reds who seem to be cementing their position once again as a force both domestically and in Europe.