Liverpool bounced back in style on Saturday afternoon, putting nine goals past Bournemouth at Anfield and silencing the critics who were claiming the Reds had lost their magic touch.
Monday night’s loss to Man Utd at Old Trafford was their first Premier League defeat of 2022, but they responded in exactly the right way on Saturday, tearing apart newly-promoted Bournemouth with a ruthlessness that some had questioned they still possessed.
Manager Jurgen Klopp was delighted with the reaction of his players after the emphatic victory…
“We had to prove a point,” he said after the match. “We had to prove a point for ourselves.
“After a short pre-season with mixed results – good performances and less than good performances, which is normal for pre-season – having a highlight then dropping for some reason.
“I know how it sounds when you lose a game and you try to explain. It’s always the same. Every manager in the world is a fantastic entertainer when you win football games. The moment when you have to answer questions after you lose a game and you try to find explanations they always sound like excuses.
“That’s why the public part of my job is completely not important. It’s just important what the conclusion is for us and that’s why we have to prove a point for us.”