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Sergio Cunningham
December 8, 2018

Jürgen Klopp saluted Mohamed Salah's "exceptional" finishing after the forward hit a hat-trick to inspire Liverpool to a resounding 4-0 win over AFC Bournemouth.

Their comprehensive victory against Eddie Howe's men saw them rise to the top of the table, although Manchester City will return to the summit if they avoid defeat against Chelsea later on Saturday afternoon.

Mohamed Salah has refused to accept his Man of the Match award and instead handed it to team captain James Milner for his 500th Premier League appearance. I think Liverpool will challenge right until the death.

Salah gave Liverpool the lead half way through the first-half when Firmino's shot was palmed in his direction by goalkeeper Asmir Begovic. This league is so hard to play in, but 42 points I usually had in April and now it is December.

Klopp's side then doubled their advantage 3 minutes in to the second half as Salah picked up the ball in midfield and raced in to the opposition box.

The hosts nearly halved the deficit just four minutes later when King beat Alisson to a low cross from the left, but he went down in search of a penalty when he may have been better served trying to engineer a shot from close range.

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"The problems he causes defenders, running on the shoulder, the third goal epitomised that".

Bournemouth had only failed to score in one home league game all season before today and they went in search of a consolation to maintain that record when Junior Stanislas curled a 30-yard free kick towards the top corner, only for Alisson to make his save look easy.

Liverpool's best chance to add a fifth fell to Georginio Wijnaldum, though, as he nodded Robertson's cross off target when he should have done better.

Graeme Souness feels Bournemouth played into Liverpool's hands with the manner in which they approach the game, but he believes his former club can't afford to take their foot off the gas.

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The Reds will now turn their attentions towards preparing for their crunch Champions League showdown against Napoli on Tuesday night at Anfield.

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