Referee Lee Mason's funny behaviour after Mo Salah's second goal vs Bournemouth

AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool FC - Premier League

Liverpool leapfrogged Manchester City to top of the Premier League on Saturday with a thumping away win over Bournemouth.

And it was all because of one man: Mohamed Salah.

A hat-trick from the Egyptian - his second since joining Liverpool - sealed a 4-0 victory at Dean Court, with Steve Cook also scoring an own goal.

Salah's performance had everyone raving about him after the game, including Jurgen Klopp and Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe.

"It was brilliant, absolutely brilliant," said Klopp of his star man's display. "From the first moment if we could play in behind he was there.

"Obviously when he is not there we don't have a lot of speedy guys other than Sadio [Mane] and Mo. We all know how big his (Salah's) desire is to score goals, so another match ball for him."

And Howe conceded: "Salah looked good, didn't he. He looked razor sharp and we struggled to handle him. He's one of the best in the world."

Each of Salah's goals were fantastic in their own right, but the 26-year-old's second was particularly special after the way he rode a nasty challenge from Cook.

AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool FC - Premier League

Cook raked his studs down Salah's Achilles as he tried to trip him up, but Salah stayed on his feet and duly found the bottom-right corner from a tight angle.

"Nobody should be surprised about that," Klopp added when asked about Salah's second goal. "It's just really brilliant what he did and I like that mindset."


Referee Lee Mason could have blown for a free-kick when Cook tried to bring down Salah but, fortunately for Liverpool, he allowed play to go on.

However, on closer inspection of Salah's goal it looks like Mason didn't really know what the right decision was until the ball was in the back of the net.

The video below shows that Mason only put his arms up to play advantage AFTER Salah scored, rather than after Cook's tackle. It's almost like he was trying to claim the assist.

Nicely saved, Lee. Salah will be thankful that Mason didn't blow his whistle for a free-kick, but he won't have appreciated Cook's naughty attempt to bring him down.

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