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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp cool on Mohamed Salah's red-hot form

Jurgen Klopp insists top-scorer Mohamed Salah is just one of many important Liverpool players after the forward made it 20 goals for the season in the 4-0 demolition of Bournemouth.

Egypt international Salah sealed the three points on the south coast, curling home the third just before the interval.

The summer arrival from Roma leads the Premier League scoring charts with 14 goals, adding to his six strikes in the Champions League.

Yet, despite his red-hot form, manager Klopp was reluctant to single out the 25-year-old for praise.

"As a manager you don't like too much to talk always about Mo; he knows how much I respect him, I like him," Klopp said.

"I don't always think about that, I don't go home and think 'my God, how good is he?' a nd all the others, that's not how it works.

"(He is) a very important player for us, like the others. But obviously it's for him easy in the moment to finish the situations than for other players. Hopefully it stays like this with Mo.

"We need to bring all together that we can and play intensive football.

"Not because we want to play intensive football, not only because the period is so intense, but you have to cope with it, we have to deal with the situation and for that we need all the players."

Liverpool produced a dominant display at the Vitality Stadium following disappointing draws with Everton and West Brom to climb to fourth in the table.

They were in complete control by the break thanks to strikes from Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren and Salah before Roberto Firminio rounded off the scoring in the second half.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe was left despondent by the defeat and concedes his side are scrapping to stay in the division.

"We were in a relegation battle in our first season, we were in a relegation battle in our second season and we're the same in the third season," he said.

"And I think that is for the majority of teams that aren't in the top six, seven places, I think that's how it is.

"There have not been many times since I became Bournemouth manager that I've felt quite like this after a match.

"But when you're in football management, it happens. The key thing is how we respond, as always, but that was a disappointing watch.

"Liverpool were very good and they've got the players who can hurt you.

"A very high-profile match and we haven't performed.

"We're in a difficult situation."

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