Liverpool romped to a repeat of the 4-0 scoreline the last time they travelled to Bournemouth, with Mohamed Salah netting a hattrick in the process.
Liverpool were supposed to be in for a troubled time at Dean Court, given their recent struggles to sweep away opposition. Bournemouth have also been putting in credible performances this season and were expected to make it tough for Liverpool.
But, as it turned out, the home side were under pressure from early on in the game and conceded in the 25th minute, with Mohamed Salah scoring the opener. Salah doubled the lead and an own goal credited to Steve Cook added another before the Egyptian wrapped up proceedings, completing his hat-trick.
Mohamed Salah was the cream of the crop and the talk of Twitter, for his hat-trick, after having not scored in his last three games.
— adidas Football (@adidasfootball) December 8, 2018
The @MoSalah show
— Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) December 8, 2018
— Premier League (@premierleague) December 8, 2018
— Nic Mason (@MrNickMason) December 8, 2018
Another player that received accolades from Twitterati was James Milner, who not only completed 500 Premier League appearances, but did so playing at an unfamiliar position at right-back.
Keita will get all the plaudits and plenty will tell you about his touch and vision and rightly so ..but we all know and respect that he will become a world star for us ..but let me do a shout for James Fukien Milner ..an absolute hero who deserves far more respect #LFC
— Grizz (@GrizzKhan) December 5, 2018
But, what happened after the full-time whistle caught more attention, with Mohamed Salah refusing to take the Man of the Match award and handing it to James Milner instead, an act that saw plaudits come his way.
Salah refused to take the PL MOTM award and gave it to James Milner for playing 500 PL games and his amazing career. Not many players would do it. Humble 👏🏻👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/Vq3pvEOctG
— . (@VintageSalah) December 8, 2018
Salah refuses the Sky man of the match award, giving it back to James Milner to commemortate his 500th Premier League apperance. What a man.
— This Is Anfield (@thisisanfield) December 8, 2018
— Sports News (@FIFAWCGoals) December 8, 2018
Mohamed Salah was presented the MOTM award for his hat-trick against Bournemouth today
But he refused it & gave it to James Milner as it was his 500th game
What a guy 👏 pic.twitter.com/OlhNe3sfdF
— ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) December 8, 2018
Mo Salah has just given his MOTM award to James Milner for reaching 500 premier league apperances. Wow! What a class act he really is. 👏
— Joe (@LFCJoseph_) December 8, 2018
Mo giving his MOTM award to James Milner, I’m not crying YOU ARE
— Sabah (@Sabah07) December 8, 2018
But, this was perhaps the most apt tweet to come from the result.
What a time to be a Red! Top of the league, best start ever in 126 seasons,undefeated in all 16 league games, conceding just 6 goals & 10 clean sheets, squad depth in all areas,1 season wonder Mo Salah joint top scorer & we haven’t even got out of 1st gear yet.Up the Reds! #LFC
— Carl Clemente (@clemente_carl) December 8, 2018