Mohamed Salah became the first Liverpool player to score an away Premier League hat-trick in four years, eight months as Jurgen Klopp's men trounced Bournemouth 4-0 on Saturday afternoon.
The last Liverpool player do such was Luis Suarez [now with Barcelona] against Cardiff City in March 2014, but the feat was equalled by the Egypt international who put out a five-star performance at the Vitality Stadium.
It took a quarter of an hour for the visitors to get going as Salah pounced on a rebound to give them the lead, amid offside speculations.
7 - Mohamed Salah has now scored the opening goal of the game on seven occasions in the Premier League this season, at least two more times than any other player. Sharp. #BOULIV pic.twitter.com/tgrcTj0K8s — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 8, 2018
It was doubled three minutes after the restart when Roberto Firmino benefitted off Steve Cook’s error to feed Salah who rounded Asmir Begovic to score. The defender’s afternoon went from bad to worse, turning an effort into his own goal to lift their visitors 3-0
The forward, now levelled with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang atop the league scorers' chart with 10 goals, is only bettered by Barcelona Lionel Messi [45 goals] who has scored the most goals in Europe top five leagues since the beginning of last season. He trails by three goals
Next up for Salah and Liverpool is a crucial Champions League showdown against Napoli at Anfield on Tuesday.