Liverpool returned to the summit of the Premier League table and apply pressure to Manchester City after a straightforward win against Bournemouth this afternoon, with Mo Salah earning the plaudits after a sensational hat trick.
In what was more akin to a performance from the Liverpool of last season, the Reds produced an excellent counterattacking display to thrash what has been an impressive Bournemouth side this campaign, with a bit of magic from Salah sprinkled in to boot.
Salah opened the scoring after capitalising on a poor parry from Asmir Begovic in the Bournemouth goal; although there were gripes about it coming from an offside position.
The Reds really turned on the style after the break, with Salah producing a great piece of individual skill to weave amongst the Bournemouth defence and make it two, before a freak own goal from Steve Cook after an Andy Robertson cross put the game out of reach for the Cherries.
The best was yet to come from the Egyptian King, who oozed confidence and composure to dribble the ball past Begovic, waiting for the opportunity before calming slotting it home to complete both his hat-trick and the rout.
Liverpool were fantastic in all areas of the pitch — Matip and Van Dijk showed great communication in defensive, while there was a real telepathy in midfield between Fabinho, Wijnaldum and Keita, which will hopefully be the starting trio for the foreseeable future. It was great to see Bobby Firmino looking close to his best as well.
With Manchester City set for a difficult trip to Stamford Bridge this afternoon, Liverpool will be hoping to still be top by the end of the day but whatever happens, we have a real title race on our hands this season.