Liverpool equalled the record for the biggest Premier League win on Saturday by thrashing Bournemouth 9-0 at Anfield to register their first victory of the season at the fourth attempt.
Roberto Firmino and Luis Diaz both scored twice with strikes from Harvey Elliott, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Fabio Carvalho and a Chris Mepham own goal completing the scoring.
Liverpool’s victory matched Manchester United’s 9-0 win over Ipswich in 1995. United defeated Southampton by the same score last year, while Leicester also won 9-0 at Southampton in 2019.
Liverpool ended their wait for a win in the Premier League this season in emphatic style, netting five goals in the first-half as they thrashed Bournemouth 9-0 at Anfield on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp called for a reaction from his side, who were in 16th place at the start of the day after being held to draws against Fulham and Crystal Palace as well as a 2-1 defeat to Manchester United on Monday, and Liverpool duly delivered, with Luiz Diaz and Harvey Elliott netting inside 10 minutes.
Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino scored a quick-fire double either side of the half-hour mark before Virgil van Dijk struck on the stroke of half-time in a heavily one-sided affair.
Liverpool picked up where they left off in the second half. Alexander-Arnold provided an excellent cross toward Diaz just a minute after half-time when Bournemouth defender Chris Mepham turned into his own net.
Firmino, substitute Fabio Carvalho and Diaz netted further goals in the second half to secure a nine-goal victory, equalling the Premier League record for biggest winning margin. The feat has previously been achieved three times — twice by United and also by Leicester City.
“We had to prove a point to ourselves,” Klopp said. “We were not happy with how we played so far this season, but we had good moments in those games.
“We just had to give the game a proper direction and that’s why I loved the start today. Two wonderful goals, everything about them.
“We kept going, scoring different goals but with the same purpose to keep up the pressure. In the end it was the perfect football afternoon.”