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Salah targets Champions League over individual glory

Salah targets Champions League over individual glory

LONDON: Mohamed Salah joined two Liverpool greats as he scored his 40th goal of a superb season in his sideĀ“s 3-0 rout of Bournemouth to consolidate third spot in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Egypt worldwide is on track to win the Premier League Golden Boot, while he has helped his side into the Champions League semi-finals.

Jurgen Klopp heaped praise on record-breaking star Mohamed Salah after the Liverpool forward celebrated his 40th goal of the season against Bournemouth.

Salah has score nine times in 11 games in the Champions League in all competitions this season to help Liverpool FC reach the last four. This was the first time for Salah to be nominated for BBC African Footballer of the Year.

"Liverpool then have a home game against Stoke and I would encourage Klopp to rest his front three for that one and have them ready for what will be a hard game at the Stadio Olympico in Rome".

The Egpytian's 30th Premier League goal of the season, which put him five ahead of nearest challenger Harry Kane in the golden boot race, was not a trademark Salah strike.

But it took nearly 70 minutes for the sensational Salah to get his moment as he rose to head Trent Alexander-Arnold's cross over Cherries keeper Asmir Begovic.

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The goal also saw the Egypt global reach the 40-goal mark across all competitions; a feat that he achieved in just 45 games.

Asked how many goals Salah might have by the end of the season, Klopp said: "Ask him!"

'I can not lie - it is in my mind, ' said Salah. "And what a number of goals we scored as team, around about 100 as a team, I don't know, didn't count".

"We've encountered a team that was too good for us today, but we've got some massive games to come".

"His finish in the second leg of the quarter-final was just incredible and there have been so many moments like that throughout the season".

"It is a great feeling, of course it is a great feeling, but in the end I am just happy to score and help the team", he told United Kingdom newspapers.


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