Mo Salah Now Highest Scoring African Player in English Premier League

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Defeat for Spurs handed Chelsea a glimmer of hope in the fight for Champions League places after they came from 2-0 down to beat Southampton 3-2, but Liverpool strengthened their position in the top four as Mohamed Salah scored his 40th goal of the season in a routine 3-0 win over Bournemouth.

The Egyptian football legend has become a symbol of national pride for Egyptians, taking part in numerous advertising campaigns and, most recently, becoming the new face of the Ramadan lantern.

"What a number. Wow!" exclaimed manager Jurgen Klopp on hearing Salah is the first Liverpool player since Ian Rush 31 years ago to score 40 in a season. This was the first time for Salah to be nominated for BBC African Footballer of the Year.

"So each goal for me, or for anyone else is to try to help the team".

"If I had a choice between the Champions League and the Golden Boot, then of course it would be the Champions League, no doubt the Champions League".

"To win the Champions League is huge for everyone. I'm sure he'll keep doing that for the rest of the season".

The Reds raced into a seventh minute lead when Sadio Mane got on the end of his own rebound to poke home.

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Instead the forward reached Trent Alexander-Arnold's cross from the right and guided a header over Cherries goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

He added: "It's also very close, it's just seven goals".

"I can not lie - it is in my mind".

"But you know, you can see today with the team everyone tries to pass the ball to me to help me".

Liverpool can now secure a top four finish if they beat West Brom and Stoke in their next two games before they even visit Chelsea early next month. You did see that the boys are looking and searching for him a little bit too much, it's like "give it to him", so we have to mix it up a little bit.

He also ranks third in the list of the most prolific players in a single season in the history of the Liverpool team, scoring 40 goals in various tournaments.