Salah sends Reds top

Mohamed Salah helped himself to a hat-trick as Liverpool swept Bournemouth aside 4-0 at the Vitality Stadium to go top of the Premier League.

The Reds leapfrogged Manchester City, at least until after the champions stare down Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.

It was the end of a hugely satisfying week for Jurgen Klopp and his team.

They gained a late, fortuitous Merseyside derby win over Everton at Anfield on Sunday when Divock Origi scored after an error from Jordan Pickford, then came from behind to defeat Burnley 3-1 at Turf Moor in midweek.

The win over Bournemouth made it an impressive nine points from nine in less than six days.

Liverpool's opener was a fortunate moment, with Salah in an offside position when Roberto Firmino hit a 30-yard shot that goalkeeper Asmir Begovic could push out in the direction of the Egyptian forward to put his side ahead on 25 minutes.

Salah supplied an ice-cool finish for his second goal shortly after half-time before Steve Cook turned into his own net. Salah then completed his hat-trick after rounding Begovic with 12 minutes left.

Klopp's side are one point clear of City after winning five times on the spin in the league, though Pep Guardiola's team will return to the summit should they avoid defeat at Chelsea.

Man City are 21/20 to win in west London, with the Blues priced at 11/4 and the draw at Stamford Bridge 27/10.

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