Mohamed Salah nets again as Liverpool return to winning ways in style

Mohamed Salah celebrates putting Liverpool 3-0 up (Andrew Matthews/PA)
Mohamed Salah celebrates putting Liverpool 3-0 up (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Premier League top-scorer Mohamed Salah struck his 14th goal of the campaign as Liverpool thrashed Bournemouth 4-0 at Dean Court to climb to fourth place.

Egypt forward Salah became the first Premier League player to reach 20 goals in all competitions this season, with Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren and Roberto Firmino also on target.

4️⃣ goals3️⃣ points ????????

— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 17, 2017

Jurgen Klopp’s men extended their unbeaten league streak to nine games under precious little pressure, hitting back to winning ways after successive home draws against Everton and West Brom.

Tweet of the match A joy to watch going forward Liverpool this first half! Salah showing his quality this time to finish superbly! #LFC dominant first half and deservedly in complete control.

— Neil Mellor (@NeilMellor33) December 17, 2017

Star man – Coutinho Philippe Coutinho has been directly involved in 14 goals in his last 10 away games for the Reds with 8 goals and 6 assists.

— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 17, 2017

There was plenty of competition for man of the match but creative midfielder Coutinho just edge it ahead of team-mates Salah and Firmino. He was unlucky with an early free-kick which struck the right post, scored a sensational opening goal and constantly carved dangerous moments for the hosts with his guile and pinpoint passing. He also assisted Firmino’s goal before being brought off for a deserved rest with three minutes to go.

Moment of the match ????#BOULIV

— Premier League (@premierleague) December 17, 2017

Coutinho’s 20th-minute opener was a joy to watch. He collected the ball wide on the left, accelerated forward and then waltzed past Cherries captain Simon Francis and the challenge of Lewis Cook to calmly find the bottom left corner.

Moan of the match We're having a go… ????Listen live ➡️ ???? 0-3 ⚪ (62)

— AFC Bournemouth ???? (@afcbournemouth) December 17, 2017

As good as Liverpool were, the hosts were guilty of some poor play and never looked like making a game of it. Eddie Howe’s men were completely outplayed in the first half, although there could have been a shift in momentum at 2-0 when England striker Jermain Defoe went through on goal from substitute Junior Stanislas’ pass only to strike the foot of the right post. The Cherries’ slim hopes of salvaging something disappeared with that miss as Salah made it 3-0 five minutes later.

Data points 4 – @LFC are the first team in top-flight history to have won four consecutive away games by a margin of at least three goals. Record.

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 17, 2017

After managing three at the Vitality Stadium, no team has scored more first-half Premier League goals this season than Liverpool. Klopp’s men have hit 19 in 18 matches, sharing the record with unbeaten leaders Manchester City.

Ratings Made one. Scored one. Fine work from Firmino.#BOULIV

— Premier League (@premierleague) December 17, 2017

Bournemouth: Asmir Begovic 6 (out of 10), Adam Smith 6, Simon Francis 6, Nathan Ake 5, Charlie Daniels 5, Jordon Ibe 5, Andrew Surman 6, Lewis Cook 5, Marc Pugh 5, Josh King 5, Jermain Defoe 6. Subs: Junior Stanislas (on for King, 31) 6, Ryan Fraser (on for Pugh, 46) 5, Steve Cook (on for Daniels, 55) 5. Liverpool: Simon Mignolet 6, Joe Gomez 6, Dejan Lovren 7, Ragnar Klavan 6, Andrew Robertson 7, Jordan Henderson 7, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 7, Georginio Wijnaldum 6, Mohamed Salah 8, Philippe Coutinho 9, Roberto Firmino 8. Subs: Adam Lallana (on for Salah, 71) 6, Dominic Solanke (on for Firmino, 76) 5, Danny Ings (on for Coutinho, 87) 5. Who’s up next? 3 points , clean sheet , onto the next one … #COYG

— Petr Cech (@PetrCech) December 16, 2017

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