Player Ratings: Bournemouth vs Liverpool - Salah get his hat on

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LIVERPOOL Salah rejects man-of-the-match award after scoring hat-trick MATTHEW CHILDS Action Images via Reuters

Salah's display against Bournemouth took Liverpool to unbeaten 16 matches in the Premier League and made them the league leaders as Manchester City were beaten by Chelsea.

He had scored a breathtaking hat-trick but looked as though his mind was already set on that crunch Champions League tie with Napoli on Tuesday night.

Daniels found King inside the area as Bournemouth looked for a way back into the game but the forward, under pressure from Alisson, lifted wide.

And Jurgen Klopp's men followed up that win with an impressive 4-0 demolition of Bournemouth on the south coast on Saturday to move one point clear at the top of the table.

"Everyone knows in the Premier League - and especially when you play in the Champions League - you play a lot of games, so you need a big squad".

The pair were interviewed by Sky Sports after the game, and as Milner tried to hand Salah the award, the Egyptian handed it back to his team mate.

"If you score in the first five games 10 goals everyone will say, "Yeah, it's going to happen again".

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.

After Cook's own goal, Salah's third was even better, Salah running through on goal and taking the ball round Begovic not once but twice before converting.

The Reds have underlined their English title credentials over the past week with two significant victories in the Premier League to remain within touching distance of Manchester City.

From one of the worst defensive sides in the league just two years ago, to one of the best this season. "Everybody would struggle a little, because how can you improve on that?" he said. So I was not for one second anxious.

"And we all have to learn to deal with it, and him of course as well".

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