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Eddie Howe: Mohamed Salah one of the best in the world

Eddie Howe: Mohamed Salah one of the best in the world

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Egypt international has earned plaudits from Bournemouth boss following his hat-trick against the Cherries on Saturday.

Salah led Liverpool to thrash Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium, scoring a hat-trick as the Reds extended their winning run in the league to five games.

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The Egyptian became the first Liverpool player to score an away hat-trick in the Premier League since Luis Suarez against Cardiff in March 2014.

He has currently 42 league goals for Liverpool since the beginning of last season, only three goals behind Lionel Messi, who is leading the charts in Europe’s top five leagues.

Speaking of Salah, Eddie Howe said: “Salah looked good today, didn’t he? He looked razor sharp and we struggled to handle him. He’s one of the best in the world.”

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However, Howe was not pleased with the assistant referee’s decision in Salah’s first goal, saying it should have been ruled out for offside.

“It was a tough game. The first goal was a real key moment in the match. Up until that point, I thought we defended well, our shape was OK, we kept them away from our goal and, and Salah is offside,” Howe told Sky Sports.

“The goal shouldn’t stand, and in these games, when you’re playing the big guns, you need these decisions to go in your favour.

“It’s similar to Arsenal, we had a perfectly good goal disallowed against Arsenal, these are key things in a hard match,” he added.

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