SALAH HAT-TRICK SENDS UN­BEATEN LIVER­POOL TOP

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LLiver­pool main­tained their un­beaten run in the Pre­mier League with a com­pre­hen­sive 4- 0 win over Bournemouth, with African su­per­star Mo­hamed Salah net­ting a hat-trick.

Liver­pool were prob­ing for the opener in the early stages, but they lacked pen­e­tra­tion where the visitors were play­ing with num­bers be­hind the ball.

How­ever, Salah broke the dead­lock for the Reds in the 25th minute with a side-footed fin­ish af­ter pounc­ing on a re­bound from Roberto Firmino's strike.

Jur­gen Klopp's charges started gain- ing stran­gle­hold in the game af­ter half-an-hour, find­ing gaps in the last third.

Ed­die Howe's troops, mean­while, were not com­ing to the party and hardly cre­ated chances as they went into the break trail­ing 1-0 to the Reds.

Salah did pun­ish the Cher­ries three min­utes into the sec­ond stanza, mak­ing it 2-0 with a clin­i­cal fin­ish in­side the box af­ter he was sent through by Firmino.

Howe's men started to get out of their de­fen­sive shell to­wards the hour­mark but they ran the risk of be­ing caught on tran­si­tions.

The Reds were 3-0 up in the 67th minute af­ter Steve Cook turned Sa­dio Mane's low shot into his own net fol­low­ing a cross from the left wing.

Salah made it 4-0 for Klopp's men 12 min­utes be­fore time af­ter mak­ing a long run into the box be­fore skip­ping past Cher­ries goal­keeper As­mir Be­govic to slot into a gap­ing net with a cou­ple of de­fend­ers on the line.

The pace of the match was slowed down to­wards the end of the game with the Cher­ries look­ing dead and buried, as the Reds claimed vic­tory to keep the pres­sure on Manch­ester City.

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