Liverpool go top of Premier League as Manchester City suffer first loss

Mohamed Salah netted a hat-trick as Liverpool beat Bournemouth and shot to the top of the English Premier League.
MIKE HEWITT/GETTY IMAGESMohamed Salah netted a hat-trick as Liverpool beat Bournemouth and shot to the top of the English Premier League.

Salah took his Premier League goal tally to 10 this season on Saturday (Sunday NZ time), leaving Liverpool one point ahead of City, who were undone by goals from N’Golo Kante and David Luiz at Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp says Liverpool are happy to be on top but are focused only on themselves.

“We are not really interested in other teams,” he said.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp remains grounded despite his team heading to the top of the league standings.
MIKE HEWITT/GETTY IMAGESLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp remains grounded despite his team heading to the top of the league standings.

“We only have three days until Napoli [in the Champions League], which is a big one. It is Bournemouth celebrating day. Let’s go home, have food and go again.”

Chelsea are fourth with fifth-placed Arsenal level on points after a 1-0 win at home over Huddersfield, as Tottenham Hotspur remained third by winning 2-0 at Leicester.

Criticised in some quarters for his form in recent weeks, Salah was back to his best as Liverpool matched their 4-0 win at Bournemouth from last season.

The first goal had a touch of fortune about it as Salah followed up Roberto Firmino’s dipping shot to fire in the rebound, though TV replays suggested he was marginally offside.

There was no controversy about the second, though, as he shrugged off a foul to slip the ball into the corner, three minutes into the second half.

Mohamed Salah acknowledges the fans following his team's win away at Bournemouth.
MIKE HEWITT/GETTY IMAGESMohamed Salah acknowledges the fans following his team’s win away at Bournemouth.

Steve Cook turned in Andy Robertson’s cross for an own goal to make it 3-0 on 68 minutes and Salah then added his third, twice rounding the goalkeeper before poking the ball home.

“Top of the table and [to] score three goals, fantastic win today and a clean sheet,” Salah said.

Liverpool are now the only unbeaten team in the league after City were beaten at Chelsea.

City dominated possession and had more shots but were beaten by Chelsea’s first shot, through Kante on the stroke of halftime.

Beaten by Wolves last time out, Chelsea were a different team altogether and from their first corner, on 78 minutes, Luiz headed home the second goal.

Chelsea's David Luiz, right, celebrates his goal which helped send Manchester City to their first defeat of the season.
TIM IRELAND/APChelsea’s David Luiz, right, celebrates his goal which helped send Manchester City to their first defeat of the season.

Arsenal needed a stunning bicycle kick by Lucas Torreira after 83 minutes to seal the win against Aaron Mooy’s valiant Huddersfield team.

Manchester United shrugged off a poor recent run as they beat bottom side Fulham 4-1, Ashley Young, Juan Mata, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford scoring the goals.

United manager Jose Mourinho said Fulham’s improved performance in the second half denied his side a bigger margin of victory.

“I understand clearly there were reasons for the second half not being as good as the first, but still a good result, an important result,” he said.

Burnley – home of All Whites striker Chris Wood – moved out of the bottom three after a 1-0 home victory over Brighton.

Cardiff edged further from danger with their own 1-0 home win over struggling Southampton in Ralph Hasenhuettl’s first game in charge of the Saints while West Ham beat visitors Crystal Palace 3-2.

AAP