Liverpool equaled the Premier League’s record for the biggest victory on Saturday, beating Bournemouth 9-0 at Anfield.
Having begun the season with two draws and a defeat, Liverpool started rapidly against newly-promoted Bournemouth, Luis Díaz and Harvey Elliott both scoring inside six minutes.
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s stunning long-range strike made it three inside half an hour, before goals from Roberto Firmino and Virgil van Dijk meant Liverpool led by five at half time.
After the break, an own goal from Chris Mepham, Firmino’s second, Fabio Carvalho’s first Liverpool goal and Díaz’s second of the game capped off a goal-ridden afternoon for the hosts.
The record nine-goal margin of victory had been achieved three times before — twice by Manchester United and once by Leicester City — and helps kickstart Liverpool’s stuttering opening to the new season.
For Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, he called it a “perfect football afternoon” after a few weeks of poor results, saying the big win was “needed.”
“We were not happy with the way we played; we had good moments in nearly all the games,” Klopp said. “We showed things which we are strong at and other things where we have to improve and that’s what we had to do today, but you cannot make a list and take them all off the list step by step.
“You just have to give the game a proper direction and that’s why I loved the start today so much. We didn’t hesitate, we didn’t hold anything back, we just went into the game full flying, put them under pressure, had the battles in the right areas in the box, around the box, bodies in the box, second ball situations, go again, and these kinds of things.”
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