Liverpool's Mo Salah silences critics as hat trick beats Bournemouth

Liverpool's Mo Salah silences critics as hat trick beats Bournemouth

Salah completed his hat trick by keeping cool in front of goal after a mazy dribble to complete the rout in the 77th.

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.

He may still not quite be at the level we saw last season - and his form in big games could definitely be improved - but the Egyptian certainly looks to be firing once again and if you're still labelling him a one season wonder well then I feel sorry for you.

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

Perhaps it's harsh to point out that Bournemouth's most notable win this season was against Watford: an excellent win against a fine side, but when facing the teams whose heels they want to carry on nipping at, they have struggled.

From one of the worst defensive sides in the league just two years ago, to one of the best this season.

DF James Milner, 7 - Took one for the team by playing right-back on his 500th Premier League appearance, but despite that, made it two good performances in a matter of days for the 32-year-old.

After a relatively slow start to the campaign, Salah is now scoring at a similar rate to last season.

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

"Liverpool never got out of second gear, it was so comfortable in possession".

Fabinho looks every bit the defensive midfielder that Liverpool have yearned for over the past decade while Keïta is so classy on the ball and tenacious off it that it nearly feels like the Reds are playing with 12 instead of 11.

Furthermore, Liverpool can climb to the summit of the league table with a win over Bournemouth in the early kick-off on Saturday and could even stay there if Chelsea can put an end to Manchester City's unbeaten run at Stamford Bridge later in the day.

Regarding his decision to start Milner at right-back, Klopp explained: "It's no problem".

FW Xherdan Shaqiri, 6 - Linked up well with Salah and Roberto Firmino and played some inviting through balls.

"There's been questions over where his best position is".

16 games, 13 wins, 3 draw, top of the league.

If the Reds can apply maximum effort in both of these fixtures to take maximum points towards both their Champions League and Premier League tallies, that puts them in an incredible position roughly halfway through the season with nearly a full week to prepare for a trip to Wolverhampton.

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

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