Bournemouth 0-4 Liverpool: Key winners & losers as Salah scores three

09 December, 2018, 09:46 | Author: Sheri Evans
  • Jordan Henderson Liverpool Burnley

If there was any doubt as to whether Mohamed Salah was a one season wonder or not, the Egyptian forward did his best to dispel any of that speculation at the Vitality Stadium in Saturday's early kickoff.

Liverpool finished their latest victory not knowing how long their spell at the top of the Premier League would last, with Manchester City facing Chelsea later in the day.

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It was felt that at the start of the 2017/18 season his career at Liverpool was probably done for, only for the 32-year old to prove everyone wrong, set a new assist record for a single Champions League campaign and become a key cog in Klopp's midfield.

Like many Premier League clubs, Bournemouth have benefited from television money and generous owners to the point where they can spend £20m on Nathan Ake, have Jermain Defoe as their highest-paid player and be rated as the 28th richest football club in the world, according to Deloitte.

Salah he completed his hattrick with just under 15 minutes left when he massacred a Bournemouth defender for pace and power before skipping around the goalkeeper with insulting ease and then finally tucking home with incredible nonchalance.

When offered the award after the match, Salah flat out refused to accept it, and gave it to James Milner instead.

Mohamed Salah; excellent team-mate, hat-trick hero and definitely not a one-season wonder. Steve Cook initially joined Bournemouth on loan when they were in League One.

For Milner, it was a special afternoon after 16 years of excellence in the Premier League.

"I just wanted to say thank you to you all for your kind wishes and well wishes", he said.

"We are on a good run but they [Bournemouth] are also in good shape".

His first goal was controversial as he appeared to be offside when he ran in to pounce on Roberto Firmino's shot which was parried by Asmir Begovic. The pick of the goals was his third after rounding Begovic twice and taking his sweet time before completing his hat-trick.

This was all too easy for Jurgen Klopp and his men.

Liverpool face a tough week ahead - they play Napoli in the Champions League on Tuesday with their hopes of progressing to the knockout phase in the balance and Manchester United next weekend.

Liverpool's defensive record has been superb this season with a general back five of Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Virgil van Dijk and Robertson proving to be nearly impossible for most opponents to crack.

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