Salah hat-trick sends Liver­pool top of Pre­mier League

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - SPORT -

9am, to­day.

Mean­while, Me­laka will face favourites Kedah in the fi­nal late this af­ter­noon af­ter the lat­ter trounced Se­lan­gor 5-0 in the other semi-fi­nal match. BOURNEMOUTH, United King­dom: Liver­pool de­liv­ered a clear sign they in­tend to push Manch­ester City all the way in the Pre­mier League with an em­phatic 4-0 vic­tory at Bournemouth on Satur­day that was capped by a hat-trick from Mo­hamed Salah.

This vic­tory, the Reds’ fifth con­sec­u­tive league win, se­cured with the ad­di­tional help of a Steve Cook own-goal, ex­tended Jur­gen Klopp’s side’s un­beaten start to the league sea­son.

It also moved them one point ahead of City at the top of the ta­ble, hours be­fore Pep Guardi­ola’s side take on Chelsea at Stam­ford Bridge.

Salah’s con­tri­bu­tion was cen­tral to Liver­pool’s suc­cess - the Egyp­tian has strug­gled to match his out­stand­ing lev­els of last sea­son but with 10 league goals to his name, he is now hit­ting his stride.

He may have ben­e­fited from a close off­side de­ci­sion for the 25th-minute opener that gave Liver­pool a half-time lead, but the fin­ishes for his two sec­ond­half goals were out­stand­ing.

Over­all, Liver­pool man­ager Klopp could be sat­is­fied with the man­ner in which his side eased their way to vic­tory ahead of the mid­week Cham­pi­ons League meet­ing with Napoli.

Liver­pool had demon­strated re­silience to win on Wed­nes­day against a phys­i­cal Burn­ley side whose ap­proach drew an an­gry re­ac­tion from Klopp. - AFP

Sabah women pose for the cam­eras be­fore their semi-fi­nal match against Me­laka, yes­ter­day. Me­laka won the match 2-1 on penal­ties af­ter both sides drew 2-2 in reg­u­la­tion time.

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