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Liverpool go top as Man City stumble at Chelsea

Liverpool have hit top spot in the English Premier League as a Mohamed Salah hat-trick inspired them to a 4-0 win at Bournemouth, while champions Manchester City lost their unbeaten league record in a 2-0 defeat at Chelsea.

Salah took his Premier League goal tally to 10 this season as the Reds went one point ahead of City, who were undone by goals from N'Golo Kante and David Luiz at Stamford Bridge.

David Luiz celebrates his goal against Man City.Credit:AP

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said Liverpool were happy to be on top but are focused only on themselves.

"We are not really interested in other teams," he said.

Third-placed Tottenham moved to within six points of top spot – and remained two points ahead of fourth-placed Chelsea – thanks to a 2-0 win at Leicester.

Son Heung-min's brilliant long-range left-footed effort opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time and Dele Alli headed home a cross from the South Korean to make it two in the 58th minute.

Arsenal are level on points with Chelsea after a 1-0 win over Huddersfield.

Salah was back to his best as Liverpool equalled their club-record run of 17 unbeaten EPL matches.

Mohamed Salah celebrates his second goal on the way to a hat-trick and a 4-0 win for Liverpool.Credit:AP

The first goal had a touch of fortune about it as Salah followed up Roberto Firmino's dipping shot to fire in the rebound, though TV replays suggested the Egyptian was marginally offside.

Salah shrugged off a defender to slip the ball home for his second three minutes into the second half.

Steve Cook turned in Andy Robertson's cross to make it 3-0 on 68 minutes and Salah then added his third, twice rounding the goalkeeper before poking the ball home.

"Top of the table and [to] score three goals, fantastic win today and a clean sheet," Salah said.

City dominated possession and had more shots but were beaten by Chelsea's first shot, through Kante on the stroke of half-time.

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

Chelsea and the Metropolitan Police are investigating after an incident of alleged racist abuse during the match was highlighted on social media.

Twitter users highlighted a first-half incident when a supporter appeared to abuse City forward Raheem Sterling when the England international retrieved the ball near the Stamford Bridge sideline.

"We’re aware of reports and video footage. We will investigate the matter and take the strongest possible action where necessary," a Chelsea spokesman said.

No arrests have been made but The Met Police are investigating the claims.

Arsenal needed a stunning bicycle kick by Lucas Torreira after 83 minutes to seal the win against Aaron Mooy's valiant Huddersfield team.

Arsenal celebrate Lucas Torreira’s goal.Credit:PA

Manchester United shrugged off a poor recent run as they beat bottom side Fulham 4-1.

Ashley Young (13th), Juan Mata (28th), Romelu Lukaku (42nd) and Marcus Rashford (82nd) scored the goals with Paul Pogba an unused substitute.

"I understand clearly there were reasons for the second half not being as good as the first, but still a good result, an important result," United manager Jose Mourinho said.

Burnley moved out of the bottom three after a 1-0 victory over Mat Ryan's 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.

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