Published: Sun, December 09, 2018
Culture | By Glenn Strickland

Klopp praises hat-trick hero Salah after Liverpool win

Klopp praises hat-trick hero Salah after Liverpool win

Mohamed Salah scored his first hat trick of the season as Liverpool went top of the Premier League with a 4-0 victory over Bournemouth on Saturday.

That is the view of former Reds midfielder Jamie Redknapp, who says Liverpool are "purring" at the moment and Salah is at the heart of it. His first here marked the seventh time this season he had scored the opening goal of a game, which is at least two more than any other player in the Premier League.

It was felt that at the start of the 2017/18 season his career at Liverpool was probably done for, only for the 32-year old to prove everyone wrong, set a new assist record for a single Champions League campaign and become a key cog in Klopp's midfield.

Next up for Jurgen Klopp's side is a crucial home game against Napoli for a place in the knockout stage of the Champions League. Liverpool's pressing was impressive, and the set-up presented plenty of opportunities for Salah to make runs through on goal.

Twitter users highlighted a first-half incident when a supporter appeared to abuse City forward Raheem Sterling when the England worldwide retrieved the ball near the Stamford Bridge sideline.

Team-mate Virgil van Dijk was quick to reply to the post, sharing a GIF of the two laughing together while adding: "Back soon bro!".

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DF Andrew Robertson, 7 - Back in the lineup after a deserved rest at Burnley, normal service was resumed with the Scotland captain dependable as ever. Booked in the 70th minute after making a number of small fouls throughout the game.

Keïta also showed a different string to his bow against the Cherries, playing out on the left hand side of the supporting three behind Mohamed Salah rather than in the central berth he is known to prefer.

At the start of October, Klopp suggested that Salah could do with calming down a little bit to rediscover his best form.

And it was Egypt worldwide Salah who was the star man against the Cherries, netting a hat-trick as the team equalled a club record unbeaten run in the Premier League.

The visitors were slightly fortunate to take the lead on 25 minutes when Asmir Begovic fumbled Roberto Firmino's long-range shot Salah's follow-up effort was allowed to stand despite him appearing to be marginally offside. His link-up play with Firmino was also exquisite.

FW Sadio Mane, 6 - Getting him back on the pitch was a massive boost, given he was a serious doubt for the game with a foot injury.

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