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

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

Jurgen Klopp reflected on a near-perfect game from Liverpool as Mohamed Salah showed his "desire to score" with a hat-trick in a 4-0 win at Bournemouth.

It was his second hat trick for Liverpool since arriving from Roma last summer, but he felt Milner, who made his 500th Premier League outing, was more worthy of the accolade.

Salah was awarded the man of the match award, but refused to take the bright yellow brick, insisting on giving it to his teammate James Milner to mark his 500th appearance in the Premier League.

On how Liverpool have progressed since losing 4-3 at Bournemouth in 2016-17... Nobody knows what that means, this league is so hard to play.

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. We've had two tough away games this week and two really good results.

After Firmino won the ball back, Salah ran at the Bournemouth defence and finished into the bottom corner.

In doing so, Salah drew level with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the Premier League's top scorer this season, and he was given the chance to see out the game by Klopp despite matches against Napoli and Manchester United next week.

Liverpool now face a must-win Champions League game against Napoli mid-week, which will make or break their hopes in the competition that they went all the way to the final in last season.

They lie in wait of Manchester City's result later in the day, before then turning their attention to Tuesday's huge fixture at Anfield against Carlo Ancelotti's side.

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.