Egypt’s effervescent winger Mohamed Salah set a record of most goals scored in a 38-game Premier League season and finished as the competition’s top scorer after giving Liverpool the lead in a 4-0 victory over Birghton on the final day of the season Anfield on Sunday.
Salah scored after 26 minutes with a low left-foot shot into the bottom corner after pouncing on a loose ball in the area and Liverpool went on to score three more goals to finish fourth and qualify for next season’s European Champions League.
He took his tally to 32 goals, surpassing the 31-goal record of former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, former Blackburn and Newcastle United frontman Alan Shearer and ex-Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo.
Salah finished as the Premier League top scorer, two goals ahead of Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane who netted twice in a thrilling 5-4 win over Leicester City.
He was presented with several awards at the end of the game by Liverpool great Kenny Dalglish, including the Golden Boot prize. He was accompanied on the pitch by his three-year-old daughter.
The 25-year-old, who arrived on Merseyside from Roma last summer, struck in the 26th minute, tucking away a left-foot strike to give his side the lead.
Dejan Lovren made it 2-0 with a header just before the break and Salah then provided the assist for Dominic Solanke to rifle home his first goal for Liverpool just after halftime.
Andrew Robertson fired home the fourth in the 85th minute as Liverpool rounded off a dominant display.
With the Champions League final against Real Madrid still to come, the win over Brighton put Liverpool in fourth place on 75 points, five clear of Chelsea who slumped to a 3-0 defeat away to Newcastle.