Klopp and Howe united in appreciation for Salah

Klopp insisted that all credit for Liverpool's "massive" Premier League form should go to his players.

The win put Liverpool atop the Premier League standings, one point ahead of Manchester City.

I know I could probably draw the goals we conceded, but we let Bournemouth come back in the game, that's completely different. Then it was fluent, then it was good and really hard for Bournemouth.

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.

"Joe improved so much with Virgil [van Dijk], and it was nice to see he did exactly what everyone in the scouting department expected him to do".

"Even if they lost a few games, we saw the games and it was always really hard work for the opponent".

Joe Gomez is also missing after he fractured his left leg against Burnley, meaning Joel Matip is likely to start for a second successive game alongside fellow centre-back Virgil van Dijk. "We wanted to do more, but there were a lot of good counter-pressing moments". "As I said before, the most important thing is that we are top of the table", he added.

"Whatever you do in a football game you have to finish off, and what Mo did was exceptional".

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"The first in the second half was a foul actually but he wants to score, stays on his feet and still scores".

"But I would say it was a bit of luck because it could have been worse".

The 4-0 win extended Liverpool's unbeaten streak to 17 league games, equalling the club's all-time record.

"I do think the only way to be successful is to be completely focused on yourself, that's what we try to do".

"Top of the table, scored three goals, fantastic win today and a clean sheet".

- Asmir Begovic has made eight errors leading directly to a goal in the Premier League since the start of 2017-2018, more than any other player. "It changes the game", he said. "500 games", he said whilst passing the prize to Milner.

The Reds went 2-0 up in the second half when Stephen Cook handed the visitors an early Christmas present by giving the ball away and Firmino found Salah whose low shot went in via a deflection.

The result was in no question when the brilliant Robertson's cross towards Mane's direction was met unwittingly by Cook, who saw the ball enter the back of the net past his own keeper.

  • Michelle Webb