Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick as Liverpool beat Bournemouth 4-0 and returned to the top of the Premier League on Saturday night's trip from Manchester City to Chelsea.

Salah struck once before half-time and twice afterwards with a Steve Cook own-goal in between, as Jürgen Klopp's side scored the most comfortable victories.

After a slow start in which Liverpool dominated possession, the guests extended their first opening as Roberto Firmino's pass to Salah hit Nathan Ake but deflected Xherdan Shaqiri's free-kick for safety.

Ake was booked for handball and Liverpool fought again as the 15-minute mark approached. Shaqiri found Salah banging his strike at an angle.

With Bournemouth struggling to piece together in the South Coast rainstorm, Jefferson Lerma joined Ake in the book fouling Fabinho, and a superb Ake challenge ended Salah's threat.

Naby Keita had blocked a shot after a loose defense in the Bournemouth box before the hosts were brought to life when a determined run by Josh King brought him to the edge of the Liverpool area.

Andrew Surman then threatened with a long-range shot, but Liverpool ran to the other end in seconds for a breakthrough.

Salah seemed to be offside when Asmir Begovic blocked the only way from the edge of the penalty area. However, he dropped from ten meters away past the goalkeeper and brought Klopp forward.

With Bournemouth in the back of the foot, Charlie Daniels' excellent tackle prevented James Milner from clearing on the right, but the home side gained a corner, deflecting a shot from Junior Stanislas after a defensive whistle.

Striker Josh King clashed with Liverpool keeper Alisson as the two fought high in the penalty area but were able to continue after treatment. The half came with Liverpool in the lead.

A few seconds after the start of the second half, the lead doubled as Firmino Salah pulled halfway into the Bournemouth half and headed into the area to postpone a low goal over Begovic.

Daniels found King in the area when Bournemouth was looking for a way back into the game, but the striker was pulled up under pressure from Alisson.

Lerma's off-field attempt was blocked by Keita before Francis made a determined run to the edge of the terrain just to roll off his last pass of waiting teammates.

Klopp Sahqiri was replaced by Sadio Mane and Keita with Adam Lallana after 65 minutes, looking ahead to the decisive duel of the Champions League on Tuesday against Napoli. He soon saw a 3-0 lead for his team as Andy Robertson's cross hit the unfortunate cook.

Fabinho was 25 yards out on a clattering foul on Lerma, and Stanislas forced Alisson free-kick before King beat home after a Surman pass, but was defeated by an offside flag.

Salah had the last word 13 minutes from time. He ran after Cook and danced around Begovic before scoring a nonchalant close from two Bournemouth defenders.

In a flurry of late changes, Liverpool replaced Firmino with Jordan Henderson before Bournemouth took on Tyrone Mings for Stanislas and Diego Rico for Daniels, who had just hit a fierce 25-yard car ride.


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