Jurgen Klopp says he was never anxious about Mohamed Salah’s form

A Mohamed Salah hat-trick saw Liverpool beat Bournemouth 4-0 at the Vitality Stadium to, at least briefly, move to top of the Premier League table.

With Liverpool playing a crucial mid-week game against Napoli, Jurgen Klopp rested a few key stars but that didn't matter with Mohamed Salah showing his class with a hat-trick.

A 1-0 win, or a victory by a margin of two goals or more, will assure Liverpool of qualification.

Egypt global Mohamed Salah has earned plaudits from Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe following his hat-trick against the Cherries on Saturday.

Cherries boss Eddie Howe hailed Egypt hitman Salah as "one of the best in the world" and Reds manager Klopp was quick to commend that view. Teams rarely get a good look at Liverpool's goal, that's why a lot of folks were surprised when Callum Paterson succeeded in finding the net for Cardiff back in October.

Klopp said the forward also needed to learn to deal with expectations after his prolific 2017-18.

They took the lead on the hour when Javier Hernandez reacted fastest to a rebound before Felipe Anderson made it 3-1 - but Jeffrey Schlupp gave the visitors renewed hope when he struck after 76 minutes.

Liverpool FC managed to keep their tenth clean sheet of the Premier League season to underline their remarkable improvement in defence since Van Dijk's arrival in January.

"I'm not taking it", Salah told Sky Sports. He then further added "He's never had a season like that before, and he wants to have the season again".

Jurgen Klopp has said Liverpool have nobody but themselves to blame as their Champions League future hangs in the balance.

"So he was really composed, and goals two and three are excellent".

Liverpool equalled their 2008 club-record unbeaten Premier League run of 17 matches with their rout at Dean Court.

"I thought the first goal had a massive bearing on the game because at that moment I thought we were okay".

"We know how big the atmosphere can be and hopefully we see that".

  • Steve Townsend