Superb Salah treble at Bournemouth sends Liverpool top - Talents Abroad

Cristina Cross
December 9, 2018

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool): After a sluggish start the Egyptian grew into the game.

Salah's goals helped Liverpool move a point clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table, with the champions suffering a 2-0 defeat at Chelsea in the evening kick-off.

And Salah, who has been criticised at times so far this campaign, looks to be somewhere close to the form he showed in winning the Golden Boot last season.

Like many Premier League clubs, Bournemouth have benefited from television money and generous owners to the point where they can spend £20m on Nathan Ake, have Jermain Defoe as their highest-paid player and be rated as the 28th richest football club in the world, according to Deloitte.

Since then he's got nine goals in 13 appearances, and you can throw in a few assists and a couple for Egypt in that time too.

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But the Egyptian striker - who became the fastest player in Liverpool's history to score 40 goals, doing so in just 52 games - refused to accept the man-of-the-match award and insisted that it be given to team mate James Milner, in recognition of his 500th Premier League game.

Mohamed Salah; excellent team-mate, hat-trick hero and definitely not a one-season wonder. But, like a golfer who finds himself putting for a Major having once been putting to keep his Tour card and his livelihood, the pressure cooker of the Premier League is all relative to Howe. Steve Cook initially joined Bournemouth on loan when they were in League One.

He said: "You could see how good he was straight away".

Jurgen Klopp's side will also likely be without the versatile 21-year-old when they travel to leaders Manchester City on January 3.

And that goal, scored by Mohamed Salah as he tucked home a rebound, should have been ruled out for offside.

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The second and third however were pure class, Salah bursting through on both occasions and riding a vicious challenge from Cook for his second before rounding Begovic not once but twice for his second.

Should the first goal have stood? .

"No. 500 games. I have to congratulate him (Milner) for his fantastic career", said Salah. Everyone wants to topple the Champions, and so they have to be at their best every single week.

Last Thursday marked the 10-year anniversary of Darren Anderton's final game as a professional footballer when his 88th-minute goal gave Bournemouth a 1-0 win over Chester and brought their points tally for the season to three, after they had started the season on -17.

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The win was slightly overshadowed when the host DJ Martin Solveig asked Hegerberg to twerk on stage in celebration. And Salah scored 44 goals in his debut season for Liverpool as well as reaching the Champions League final.

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