Mohamed Salah hat-trick sends Liverpool top of the Premier League

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp before the Premier League match at Anfield Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp before the Premier League match at Anfield Liverpool

Salah's treble - the first of which arrived in the 25th minute, before two clinical strikes followed in the second half - was supplemented by Steve Cook's own goal as Klopp's side registered their 13th Premier League win of the campaign.

The 4-0 win extended Liverpool's unbeaten streak to 17 league games, equalling the club's all-time record.

- Mohamed Salah's opener was his 40th goal in his 52nd Premier League appearance for Liverpool, the fastest a player has hit that milestone in the competition for the Reds (Torres 60, Sturridge 64).

The victory lifts Liverpool a point ahead of Manchester City, who visit fourth-place Chelsea in Saturday's late match.

Eddie Howe, however, has downplayed the severity of Wilson's hamstring injury and has indicated that the striker will only be sidelined for the short term.

"I can enjoy it today because we won 4-0, but I think, obviously, it's more something for when you look back", he added. I don't know if the referee even judged it.

"We had to open up once they were in front, and that produces more chances on the counter-attack".

Ex-Liverpool superstar Peter Crouch has revealed that every football fan would love to see their manager reach the way in which Jurgen Klopp did after Divock Origi's goal in the Merseyside derby. Can Bournemouth, back to winning ways after a four-game losing streak, take advantage? Millie, game number 500 and he plays at right-back and he would probably have preferred each other position on the pitch today, but he did the job and that's all how we come together then. We stayed really calm and used our moments with fantastic goals.

The Premier League's midweek fixtures saw Manchester City march imperiously on in their pursuit of the title as they beat Watford 2-1, and the Citizens return to the south to visit Stamford Bridge, where the first cracks are beginning to appear under coach Maurizio Sarri.

In his post-match interview Salah, standing alongside teammate James Milner, was handed the Man of the Match award following his scintillating individual display at the Vitality Stadium. He can win you a game on his own. And really, nobody knows what that means.

But while the result allowed him to relish his achievement, the No. 7 was quick to stress that the Reds need to keep momentum going with clashes at home to Napoli and Man United to follow in the next week.

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