Mohamed Salah scored his 30th Premier League goal of the season as Liverpool beat Bournemouth 3-0 at Anfield on Saturday to stay in the hunt for second place.
Liverpool’s front three were on the scoresheet, with Salah becoming just the eight player – and the first African – to reach such a landmark in the Premier League era.
Jurgen Klopp’s side move to within one point of Manchester United in second, although the Red Devils do have two games in hand on their North-East rivals.
The Champions League semi-finalists were immediately onto the front foot and their early pressure told within seven minutes when Mane notched his 17th goal of the season.
The Senegalese international converted a simple rebound after his initial header from Jordan Henderson’s cross had been parried back into his path by Asmir Begovic.
Bournemouth’s goalkeeper continued to be kept busy as he pushed away a free-kick from Trent Alexander-Arnold and comfortably held Salah’s 25-yard curler.
While the Cherries offered no attacking threat in the first half – lone striker Jermain Defoe had only three touches in the opening 45 minutes – they defended resiliently to reach the break only one goal down.
Nathan Ake had shackled Salah fairly well before the hour mark, but the PFA Player of the Year nominee began to knock on the door, shooting straight at Begovic after a impressive run from Alexander-Arnold.
Salah was aggrieved not to be awarded a penalty following a push in the back from Ake on 68 minutes, but was celebrating less than 60 seconds later after skilfully directing Alexander-Arnold’s cross over Begovic.