Klopp dismisses concerns over Salah's goalscoring 'greed'

Klopp dismisses concerns over Salah's goalscoring 'greed'

With some of their front players' movements, their whole team really did function very well.

Mohamed Salah's 40th goal of the season helped Liverpool to a routine Premier League win over Bournemouth and moved them to within a point of second-placed Manchester United.

They had appealed the Premier League Match Centre's call to hand Christian Eriksen the goal, with Kane arguing the Dane's free-kick had brushed his shoulder, and the overturning of the decision prompted Salah to respond with surprise on social media.

It inspired Klopp to declare his side's performance was "perfect", coming just four days after they secured their place in the Champions League semi-finals by beating Manchester City.

The English manager praised the goal, "Alexander Arnold's cross was fantastic and the header from Salah was unbelievable", he told the BBC.

There was a lack of intensity from both sides at the start of the second period, understandable given the early advantage Liverpool claimed and Bournemouth's position well clear of the relegation zone. Jordan Henderson, who missed the game through suspension, replaced James Milner - but apart from that it was the same XI.

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"He is not distracted or whatever about the golden boot; he wants to have it like he wants us to be successful".

Bournemouth failed to carry a goal threat throughout, with Jermain Defoe isolated in attack.

Referee Chris Kavanagh was unmoved, but that ball over the top to Salah showed the way to get him in and he finally scored in the 69th.

Rush was the last player to score 40 times in a season and the Welshman was at Anfield to see Salah join the club with a clever looped header from Trent Alexander-Arnold's cross.

A third would come for Merseysiders, with Roberto Firmino getting in on the act by firing inside the post.

Klopp was left hoping the defender's issue was "not too serious" but was unable to provide a more detailed update on the player's fitness, having not spoken to him after the game. Firmino collected a pass inside the box from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, took a touch inside and steered a shot through Simon Francis' legs and past Begovic's dive.