Mohamed Salah was back to his very best as he netted a hat-trick in a 4-0 win at Bournemouth to send Liverpool top of the table, for a few hours at least.
Salah scored the opener on 25 minutes, doubled his side’s lead just after half-time and after a Steve Cook own goal, completed his hat-trick with a superb third 15 minutes from time on Sunday
The victory moved Liverpool one point clear of Manchester City, who play at Chelsea later on Saturday, while Bournemouth dropped to eighth.
“Top of the table and [to] score three goals, fantastic win today and a clean sheet,” Salah said.
“The last one was good, I was calm. I know everyone has high expectations for me but … the most important thing is being top of the table and to win each game.”
Arsenal climbed above Tottenham and Chelsea into third with a 1-0 win over Huddersfield while Manchester United moved up to sixth thanks to a 4-1 victory over bottom side Fulham.
Third-placed Tottenham Hotspur are due to play at Leicester in the second evening match.
For the second season in a row, Liverpool put four past Bournemouth with no reply, with Salah a threat throughout.
The first goal had a touch of fortune about it as he 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.
Cook turned in Andy Robertson’s cross to make it 3-0 on 68 minutes and Salah rounded things off with his third, twice rounding the goalkeeper before poking the ball home.
The win maintained Liverpool’s unbeaten record this term, their best ever start to a league season and including the last match of last season, a club record 17th straight league match unbeaten.
“It was a very mature game,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said.
“It was a very controlled first half, we scored a goal and controlled the game. We were not completely happy with the rhythm. We made changes and wanted to do more but there was a lot of good counter pressing.”
The victory put a little pressure on City before their match with Chelsea but Klopp said they were only focused on what they can affect.
“We are not really interested in other teams,” he said.
“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.”
Arsenal prevailed thanks to a stunning bicycle kick by Lucas Torreira after 83 minutes which gave them a tight home win over Huddersfield.
Ashley Young, Juan Mata, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford scored as Manchester United shrugged off recent woes with a handsome win over Fulham.
Burnley moved out of the bottom three after a 1-0 victory over Brighton.
Cardiff edged further from danger with their own 1-0 win over struggling Southampton in Ralph Hasenhuettl’s first game in charge of the Saints while West Ham beat Crystal Palace 3-2 in the afternoon’s other match.