Mohamed Salah delivered a perfect performance during Liverpool's 4-0 win over Bournemouth.
Despite producing consistent displays all season long, there have been questions raised about Salah this term and rival fans have continued to brand him a 'one season wonder.'
Nevertheless, even if Salah is held to his incredibly high standards of last year, his performance at the Vitality Stadium was on a different level.
Liverpool were the better team from the first whistle and punished Bournemouth as they failed to press, bagging the opener just before half-time.
Roberto Firmino tried his luck with a swerving left-footed effort, only for Asmir Begovic to make the save and Salah swept home from the rebound.
Salah's hat-trick performance
The Egyptian had a lot to thank the linesman for, appearing to be standing offside before the goal but there was no doubting his second and third strikes.
Salah secured three points for Liverpool in the 48th minute, producing an impressive solo run and finding the back of the net by shooting across goal.
As for the third goal, it was a moment of brilliance with Salah putting Begovic on the floor twice before defying the Bournemouth defenders who retreated onto the line.
Michael Owen reacts on Twitter
Salah seemed to be playing the game at a whole different speed, taking his time before finding the net and securing his first hat-trick of the season.
Unsurprisingly, it sparked plenty of reaction from Liverpool supporters and few tweets summed up Salah's performance better than that of Michael Owen's.
Just moments after seeing Salah toy with half of Bournemouth's defence, he sent a defiant message to those doubting the Liverpool forward.
It couldn't have been more fitting after the hat-trick - check it out below:
Liverpool fans don't always agree with Owen but he's absolutely spot on here.
If anything, Salah has been a victim of his own incredible standards this season and it seems fans have been very harsh with their assessments.
There can be little doubting the Bournemouth showing, though, and it reminded everybody that he can rediscover the form that made him virtually omnipotent in 2017/18.
And there was no better reminder that Salah was taking the mickey than his third goal on the south coast, raising two fingers to suggestions of a confidence crisis.
However, most importantly, it means Liverpool have continued their Premier League unbeaten run and sent a message to Manchester City ahead of their clash with Chelsea.
The Reds aren't giving up the chase and with Salah in that kind of form, Jurgen Klopp's men are well in the running.
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