Hat-trick hero Mohamed Salah fires Reds to top of Premier League amidst offside controversy around his first goal

The Egyptian’s first strike may have been controversial on 25 minutes when he netted a simple goal from an “offside” position.

But there was nothing suspicious about his second and his third and 12th strike of the season was pure class on 77 minutes.

Salah latched onto Cook’s pass, ran wide of goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, side-stepped him again before slotting the ball home.

And Bournemouth’s miserable day was complete when defender Steve Cook flicked in Andrew Robinson’s cross for an own goal.

Yet the home side, who have won only one of their 14 league and cup meeting with the Reds, will feel let down once again by the officials.

In their last big televisions game against Arsenal David Brooks had a “goal” disallowed for office which VAR would have overturned.

And referee Lee Mason got it wrong when Salah was not spotted offside when Firmino drove in a 23-yard volley which goalkeeper Asmir Begovic pushed out to the leading scorer to net with ease.

Liverpool have now equalled their 2008 club record 17 game unbeaten run after collecting their fifth league win in a row.

And James Milner made his 500th Premier League appearance at right back as the Reds kept their impressive run ahead of Tuesday’s winner-takes-all Champions League clash with Napoli.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp made five changes to the side that beat Burnley and  gave Fabinho and Naby Keita their first starts since their combined £95 million summer moves.

The Cherries, who were without injured top scorer Callum Wilson, best chance of scoring came when Alisson Becker pushed out a first half drive from David Brooks.

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