Liverpool bounce back in style with a nine-goal demolition of Bournemouth at Anfield on Saturday afternoon, equalling the Premier League’s record winning scoreline in the process.
It was the club’s biggest top-flight win since beating Crystal Palace 9-0 back in September, 1989. This was also the first time since 1958 that Liverpool have scored so many goals in the first half of a league game, with the half-time scoreline at 5-0.
The win silences the critics who were already starting to write off Jurgen Klopp’s men after only picking up two points from the first three games of the new Premier League season.
Watch as the Reds cut through the Cherries with goals from Luis Diaz (2), Harvey Elliott, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Roberto Firmino (2), Virgil van Dijk, Chris Mepham (own-goal) and Fabio Carvalho…
“It was needed. We had to prove a point for ourselves,” said Klopp after the game. “We had to give the game a proper direction that is why I love the start so much. We didn’t hesitate, went into the game flying and had bodies in the box, around the box, second balls and go again. In the end it was the perfect football afternoon for us.”
In a touching gesture, the Liverpool boss opted to console Bournemouth boss Scott Parker after the final whistle, rather than fist-bump the Kop.
“It is a real humbling experience,” said Parker. “For sure it is my toughest day as a player or a coach. It is the most painful day I have ever experienced.”