Liverpool with chance to pressure Manchester City in Premier League

Dec 09, 2018, 01:29
Liverpool with chance to pressure Manchester City in Premier League

No player has scored more Premier League goals than Mo Salah this season as Liverpool's hat-trick hero propelled his tally to 10 goals for the 2018/19 campaign in a 4-0 win over Bournemouth, as the Reds returned to the summit of the division.

This, admittedly, is not the biggest crisis Eddie Howe's side have faced, and those who remember just surviving relegation from League Two barely a decade ago presumably won't cry themselves to sleep about not beating the very best in the Premier League.

The result leaves Liverpool unbeaten this season in the Premier League, but in a tough battle with Manchester City for the title, Klopp says it is vital they focus only on themselves and not other sides.

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The Reds have now picked up a club-record 42 points from their opening 16 games to leapfrog Manchester City at the top of the table, at least until the champions face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this evening.

It was his second hat trick for Liverpool since arriving from Roma last summer, but he felt Milner, who made his 500th Premier League outing, was more worthy of the accolade. Mo scored a fantastic second goal. We said at half-time that so far it was OK but not more, we had to do better because we can do better - the counter-press, we had to keep it up, putting them under pressure if we lose the ball. My expectations are very high and so are everyone else's, most important thing is we are top and need to win each game'.

Salah was the first to threaten as Liverpool settled quickly into the blustery conditions on the South coast, latching on to Xherdan Shaqiri's chipped ball forward but then slicing his right-footed effort wildly off target.

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Pretty much [it was a flawless result]. He can win you a game on his own.

"I do think the only way to be successful is to be completely focused on yourself, that's what we try to do". "It's the ideal way to celebrate it (the 500th appearance)", he said.

Third-placed Tottenham face a hard trip to play Leicester City, and coach Mauricio Pochettino must decide whether or not to rest players for their forthcoming Champions League visit to the Camp Nou, where they have to beat Barcelona in order to qualify for the tournament's knockout stage.

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"The second goal was a foul [on Salah by Steve Cook], but Salah wants to score goals and it wasn't an impressive finish, but it was good". We all have our own interests and aims.

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