Mohamed Salah made a hat trick when Liverpool relieved a 4-0 victory in Bournemouth and returned to the top of…
Mohamed Salah made a hat trick when Liverpool relieved a 4-0 victory in Bournemouth and returned to the top of the Premier League before Manchester City’s trip to Chelsea on Saturday night.
Salah hit once before half-time and twice after, with a Steve Cook’s own goal in between, as Jurgen Klopp’s side recorded the most comfortable victories.
After a slow start where Liverpool dominated possession, visitors chopped out the first opening when Roberto Firmino passed to Salah hit Nathan Akes arm but Xherdan Shaqir’s free kick was declined to safety.
Ake was booked for handball and Liverpool came back when the 15-minute mark approached Shaqiri who found Salah, who angled from his angle to the strike.
With Bournemouth fighting to put something in the south coast, Jefferson Lerma went to Ake in the book for a mistake at Fabinho and an excellent Ake challenge ended Salah’s threatening jump.
Near Keita had a shot blocked after losing defense inside the Bournemouth box before the hosts blinked into life when a determined run by Josh King took him to the edge of the Liverpool area but he scuffed wide.
Andrew Surman then threatened with a fizzing shot from a distance, but within a few seconds, Liverpool traveled to the other end to break through.
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Salah appeared offside when Asmir Begovic was able to block Firmino’s effort from the edge of the box, but fired a shot over the goalkeeper from 10 yards and put Klopp’s side.  With Bournemouth on the back foot, an excellent tackle by Charlie Daniels prevented James Milner from getting on the right, but the home team rallied to win a corner from which a Junior Stanislas strike was deflected.
Forward Josh King collided strongly with Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson because the two attacked a high ball within the penalty area but could continue after treatment when half-time came with Liverpool in the lead.
Within seconds of the second half of the year, the lead was doubled when Firmino fed Salah halfway inside the Bournemouth half and he ran into the area to slide a low painting beyond Begovic.
Daniels found the king inside the area because Bournemouth was looking for a way back in the game but forward, under pressure from Alisson, lifted himself up.
Lerma’s attempt from the outside of the area was blocked by Keita before Francis made a determined run to the edge of the area to roll his last pass from waiting for teammates.
With 65 minutes and an eye on Tuesday’s major Champions League match against Naples, Klopp Sahqiri replaced Sadio Mane and Keita with Adam Lallana and soon saw that his side took a 3-0 lead when Andy Robertson’s cross hit it unfortunate cook.
Fabinho was booked for a screaming offense at Lerma 25 meters out and Stanislas forced Alisson into action with a free kick before King slammed home from a Surman Pass but failed by an offside flag.
Salah had final words for 13 minutes left, driving in behind Cook and dancing around Begovic before steering an uneven conclusion from two Bournemouth defenders on the line.
In an ignition of late changes, Liverpool Firmino replaced Joan Henderson before Bournemouth took Tyrone Mings for Stanislas and Diego Rico for Daniels, who had come close to a hard 25-yard drive earlier.