However, Liverpool's superior goal difference over Chelsea means a win in their final-day clash with Brighton would guarantee a top-four finish, regardless of what fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur or Chelsea do in their remaining fixtures. Similarly, Firmino too hardly got hold of the ball, touching it on mere five more occasions than Salah. "With the rest, I am absolutely fine".
Chelsea did have to withstand significant pressure towards the end, but they had enough to keep Liverpool at bay, meaning Jurgen Klopp's men - who are just a point better off than Spurs - will be starting to look over their shoulder.
Antonio Conte's side, fifth in the table, host relegation-threatened Huddersfield in midweek before travelling to Newcastle next Sunday.
"Now we have played twice against former team-mates", he said. Yes, it is just one game where that did not happen but it has happened this week, and it was followed by another game against Chelsea where they did not link up as well as usual.
"What I wanted this morning when I woke up, nice and easy, 3-0 win, going home, enjoying the sun and don't care for the Brighton game, and prepare already for the final". Klopp said. "Or he waited for the contact, I am not sure, so that is not what I want to see, that is not what he wants to do".
"How it looks in the moment, hopefully the boys all came through the game they showed again their outstanding character". We couldn't avoid the cross and then it's there and it's hard against Giroud. "You saw it, they played with eight people in and around the box and then two very, very good offensive players, that's a very smart plan, to be honest". "We showed a great will to fight to show that we were still alive".
"It's intense for all of us and that's why I'm absolutely OK". "I'm very happy for the players and the fans".
The Egyptian is still chasing the 38-game, single season Premier League record of 32 goals - he has 31 - and was booked for diving on a frustrating afternoon against his former club.
After 11 goals in seven games during a stunning stretch of form, Salah has now gone three games without a goal over the past week.