Mohamed Salah nets hat-trick as Liverpool thrash Bournemouth

It was a splendid afternoon for Liverpool's James Milner to celebrate becoming only the 13th player to make 500 top-flight appearances in the Premier League era.

Salah took his Premier League goal tally to 10 this season on Saturday (Sunday NZ time), leaving Liverpool one point ahead of City, who were undone by goals from N'Golo Kante and David Luiz at Stamford Bridge.

I know I could probably draw the goals we conceded, but we let Bournemouth come back in the game, that's completely different.

There's cool, and then there's what Mohamed did Saturday against Bournemouth.

Eddie Howe's players pointed out that Salah had been in an offside position but their complaints were dismissed, although TV replays suggested they had a case.

"It's a nice achievement to have but the result is the most important thing".

Joe Gomez is also missing after he fractured his left leg against Burnley, meaning Joel Matip is likely to start for a second successive game alongside fellow centre-back Virgil van Dijk.

When asked which of the three goals he enjoyed scoring the most, the Egyptian striker said: "The last one, it was a good one and I was calm. I hope I have more games like this in my career, but I will not take it [the award]". Mo scored a fantastic second goal.

"Together with Virgil he's improved so much". And Salah, who had not scored in his previous three games, had the final say with a fine finish after rounding Begovic twice to seal the rout.

"I think I said a few years ago that we have to write our own history", Klopp said. Nobody knows what that means, this league is so hard to play. "He looked razor sharp and we struggled to handle him".

It was vintage Salah too, shrugging Cook off the ball and rounding Begovic, cutting back beats the Bournemouth goalkeeper for a second time, dribbling towards the goal and flicking the ball into the net. Then we need you, play, and then he had a hard start against Burnley and plays that game and this game.

On the other hand, Milner has hailed Mohamed Salah as "unbelievable", and revealed his delight at reaching the 500-game milestone. How we defended in the centre, the centre-half alone can do nothing, the goalie alone can do nothing - sometimes a lot but nobody can perform wonders, so you need all these boys around.

  • Jacqueline Ellis