If there was any doubt as to whether Mohamed Salah was a one season wonder or not, the Egyptian forward did his best to dispel any of that speculation at the Vitality Stadium in Saturday’s early kickoff.
Salah and Liverpool were in scintillating form with the Egyptian finding the goalscoring touch that led him to the top of last season’s Premier League goalscoring charts.
The 26-year old grabbed Liverpool’s opening goal in the first half against Bournemouth when despite the hint of offside, he was the first to react to Asmir Begovic’s inability to hold Roberto Firmino’s strike from outside the area.
Salah was lively and creative throughout the game causing the Bournemouth defence all manner of problems as Liverpool began to go up the gears.
He scored his second goal early in the second half when he picked the ball up from deep and ran at the Cherries’ defence. Despite defender Steve Cook’s best efforts to stop Salah, the mercurial Egyptian still managed to get his shot away and past Asmir Begovic in the Bournemouth goal.
Salah who had seven league goals before this weekend, saved his best until last as the travelling Liverpool faithful sang his name in the stands.
The Egyptian latched onto a ball from Adam Lallana ahead of Steve Cook, whom he had given a torrid time all day, took the ball past Asmir Begovic not once, but twice, before finishing calmly and cooly past the covering Bournemouth defenders.
The hattrick brings Salah to the top of the Premier League goalscoring charts level with Arsenal’s Pierre Emerick Aubameyang on ten goals.
Perhaps, more importantly, the victory sends Liverpool one point clear of Manchester City, who play Chelsea later this evening, at the top of the table.
It can also be seen as the perfect preparation for their crunch Champions League tie with Napoli in midweek.