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If there was any doubt as to whether Mohamed Salah was a one season wonder or not, the Egyptian forward did his best to dispel any of that speculation at the Vitality Stadium in Saturday's early kickoff.

A decade after beating Chester was a big deal, Bournemouth host Liverpool today, are seventh in the Premier League, ahead of Manchester United on goal difference.

Making his 500th appearance in Premier League football was Mr Reliable himself, James Milner. Only one player in Europe has more league strikes since the start of last season: Lionel Messi.

The Reds have now gone 17 matches without defeat, which equals their best ever run in the Premier League.

When he spoke with Calvin, Howe revealed how much the death of his mother, who had raised Howe and four other children by herself, affected his decision to move back to Bournemouth to be closer to his family following a 21-month spell with Burnley in 2012. It remains to be seen whether Salah can be the hero at Anfield once more.

Adam Smith played one game for Tottenham and after seven loan moves, finally signed with Bournemouth for £250,000 and, like the club, moved seamlessly into the top flight.

His 80 top-flight assists over his career matches the tally of David Beckham in the Premier League, all of which were, of course, achieved while playing for Manchester United.




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Salah set them on their way in the 25th minute, latching on to the rebound after Roberto Firmino's 30-metre shot was palmed into his path by Asmir Begovic, even though television replays showed the Egyptian to be marginally offside when he pounced.

Cook's day of calamity was completed when chasing a through ball with Salah: he was muscled out and watched from the turf as his foe rounded Begovic, then rounded him again before completing the rout in his own sweet time. Bournemouth gave Liverpool; as good as they gave.

This was all too easy for Jurgen Klopp and his men.

From Chelsea's first corner on 78 minutes, Luiz headed home the second goal.

The last player to reach 500 in the Premier League was, ironically, former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard back in 2015.

Perhaps it's harsh to point out that Bournemouth's most notable win this season was against Watford: an excellent win against a fine side, but when facing the teams whose heels they want to carry on nipping at, they have struggled.


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