Salah proves su­per­star sta­tus as Reds cruise

Sport360 - - Premier League - By Nick Pure­wal @Nick­Pure­wal ✉ ed­i­to­[email protected]

Jur­gen Klopp be­lieves Mo­hamed Salah proved his gen­uine world class all over again with his “ex­cep­tional” hat-trick in Liver­pool’s 4-0 win at Bournemouth.

Cher­ries boss Ed­die Howe hailed Egypt hit­man Salah as “one of the best in the world” and Reds man­ager Klopp was quick to com­mend that view.

Klopp re­served spe­cial praise for Salah’s sec­ond goal, where he rode out Steve Cook rak­ing his studs down his Achilles to an­gle home in style.

“What­ever you do in a foot­ball game you need some­one to fin­ish it off, and what Mo did around his two goals in the sec­ond half is just ex­cep­tional,” said Klopp.

“I don’t know many play­ers who would score those two goals.

“The first in the sec­ond half was a foul ac­tu­ally but he wants to score, stays on his feet and still scores. Not the most im­pres­sive fin­ish, but sur­pris­ing.

“It’s very good for us; it’s just re­ally bril­liant what he did, I love that mind­set. His de­sire to score goals is ob­vi­ous; no­body should be sur­prised about that.

“And his third goal is out­stand­ing again. Re­ally how he set it up and all that stuff, that was good.”

And of Howe rank­ing Salah in the world’s elite strik­ing ech­e­lon, Liver­pool’s Ger­man boss added: “Well, I think Ed­die Howe is one of the best man­agers I ever met to be hon­est, so how could I say any­thing dif­fer­ent?”

Liver­pool equalled their 2008 club-record un­beaten Pre­mier League run of 17 matches with their rout at Dean Court. And now the Reds could set an out­right club record in the Pre­mier League by avoid­ing de­feat against bit­ter ri­vals Manch­ester United on De­cem­ber 16.

Klopp hailed the mile­stone for his side, but ad­mit­ted with Manch­ester City still soar­ing too that it is un­clear so far just what heights any­one must hit for league glory this term.

“I think I said a few years ago that we have to write our own his­tory, so that’s part of our his­tory,” said Klopp.

“So of course it’s im­por­tant but it’s not the most im­por­tant thing in the world. It’s just that we re­ally want to be as suc­cess­ful as pos­si­ble. And re­ally, no­body knows what that means.”

Three of the best: Mo­hamed Salah (r) was at his ruth­less best on Satur­day.

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