Liverpool equalled Premier League history with a mind-blowing 9-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday.
It’s remarkable to think that the Reds had come into the game having failed to win a single one of their opening three matches, drawing with Fulham and Crystal Palace before suffering a 2-1 defeat at Manchester United.
However, you certainly wouldn’t have known that was the case based on their performance at Anfield on Saturday as they racked up arguably their greatest ever Premier League victory.
Firmino gets Liverpool off to the perfect start
And boy did they come flying out of the blocks because Jurgen Klopp’s men found themselves 2-0 up within just six minutes.
At the heart of it all was a certain Roberto Firmino, who was undoubtedly Liverpool‘s standout performer, helping himself to a sensational tally of three assists and two goals to silence the doubters.
It was the Brazilian’s deft ball into the penalty area that found the head of Luis Diaz within the opening few seconds, kickstarting what made for a miserable afternoon for Scott Parker’s visitors.
Firmino then once again turned provider for the second of Liverpool’s two quick-fire goals as Harvey Elliott scored an emotional first Premier League strike for the club, finding the net brilliantly from outside the box.
HARVEY ELLIOTT WITH HIS FIRST EVER PREMIER PEAGUE GOAL TO PUT LIVERPOOL UP 2-0 QUICKLY👏pic.twitter.com/wkfqmoIZ5F— PointsBet Sportsbook (@PointsBetUSA) August 27, 2022
Not quite as a brilliantly, though, as Trent Alexander-Arnold who notched the finest goal of the afternoon with a sizzling strike into the far top corner from fully 25 yards out.
An astonishing first-half rout
And then Firmino finally bagged the goal of his own that he so badly deserved, profiting from a wild deflection into the penalty area and duly poking the ball past Mark Travers from just yards out.
However, the first-half action wasn’t even finished there as the Merseysiders pushed further and further into record-breaking territory, going into the break with a 5-0 lead for the first time in their Premier League history.
The fifth even saw Virgil van Dijk getting in on the act as he rose superbly to meet an Andrew Robertson corner, heading back across goal and into the net to spark yet more jubilant scenes at Anfield.
GOAL Liverpool 5-0 AFC Bournemouth (45 mins)— FOOTY HUB (@FootyHub12) August 27, 2022
Virgil van Dijk rises highest to head in Andrew Robertson's corner. It's the first time Liverpool have scored five in the first half of a #PL match!pic.twitter.com/RBQuHEIbYG
Liverpool hungry for more goals
Into the second-half now and Bournemouth’s misery was compounded by a goal from one of their own players, just into the wrong net as Chris Mepham beat Diaz to the ball, but also beat his own goalkeeper in the process.
Then, Firmino clearly decided that he’d gone too long without adding to his astonishing haul of goal contributions for the day as he helped himself to a brace in the 62nd minute.
The 30-year-old was on hand to scramble the ball into the net as Travers failed desperately to deal with Robertson’s cross, bringing his total for the afternoon to a staggering five(!!!) goals and assists.
In fact, just to put the cherry on the top, it not only marked Firmino’s 100th goal for Liverpool in all competitions, but it also came in trademark style as he dusted off his classic ‘no-look finish’ for the big occasion.
And that suitably laid out the red carpet for Liverpool to push further and further into truly crazy scenes as Fábio Carvalho secured his first goal for the Reds, raising the scoreline up to a dizzying 8-0.
A threatening ball into the box by Alexander-Arnold culminated in the ball sitting up beautifully for the Reds’ summer signing, who proceeded to volley home and soak up the Anfield applause.
Baby Carvalho’s first senior goal for LFC, Liverpool 8-0 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/5QaKn5lKVa— ⚡️⚡️ (@its_me_axad) August 27, 2022
Liverpool make history
Think it ended there, though? Oh boy, no, because Liverpool went one step further by equalling the Premier League record for the biggest win in the competition’s history.
A ninth goal of the afternoon scored by Diaz ensured that the Reds’ triumph ranked alongside Manchester United 9-0 Ipswich Town, Southampton 0-9 Leicester City and Manchester United 9-0 Southampton as the English top-flight’s widest winning margin since 1992.
Luis Diaz makes it 9-0 pic.twitter.com/45Ox7zJrjp— 🔴 The Red Debate 🎙 (@TheRedDebate) August 27, 2022
In fact, Liverpool’s bonkers day at the office could even have broken the record had it not been for an acrobatic save from Travers that denied James Milner the chance to make it double figures for the hosts.
As such, mercifully, the final whistle brought down the curtains on a ‘mere’ 9-0 victory for Liverpool that marked their own high watermark for a Premier League win and a crushing nadir for the Cherries in the very same competition.
And after Liverpool suffered so much through their opening three games to the point that Klopp even publicly declared his desire for a new midfielder, it’s fair to say that his players produced the perfect remedy for their ills on Saturday.
Frankly, one can’t help feeling that a 9-0 win should count for six points because to say Liverpool made a statement at Anfield would be the mother of all, well, understatements. Take a bow.
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