Liverpool propelled themselves into top position in the Premier League after an impressive 4-0 victory away against high-flying Bournemouth. A hat-trick from Mohamed Salah and an own-goal from Steve Cook were just rewards for a dominant performance, in which the Reds gave the Cherries very few clear cut chances.
Here are three things we learned as Liverpool sent out a statement to the rest of the league.
1. Mohamed Salah Silences the Doubters
It was predictable after his exploits last season, but Salah's 2018/19 campaign thus far as been thought of as quietly disappointing.
The Egyptian showed that he's not lost any of last season's quality with his hat-trick, with his composure in front of goal and his ability to stretch the back line caused Bournemouth all sorts of problems. His first may have been offside, but there can be no doubting that the Egyptian is back to his best after this performance.
2. Bournemouth's Reliance on Callum Wilson Is Exposed
Simply put, the Cherries had absolutely no cutting edge going forward against Liverpool. The Reds deserve the credit for being such a resolute defensive outfit, but the home side created next to nothing for them to worry about.
It exposes the reliance the side has on Callum Wilson - not only is he their main goalscorer, he stretches defences, and when he's not on the pitch Bournemouth tend to look one-dimensional.
3. Liverpool Have Found Their Midfield Three
Their defence has been superb, their attack it's usual creative self. The only area of Liverpool's side that's needed to be sorted out this season is the midfield. Jurgen Klopp has experimented with all sorts of combinations of players, but this looks to be the pick of the bunch.
Fabinho provides the perfect base to start attacks from in defensive midfield, Georginio Wijnaldum offers an energetic press, and Naby Keita is allowed a more roaming number eight role where he's able to link up with the forwards. This is the midfield three that Liverpool must persist with.