Liverpool started the season in devastating form, equaling the Premier League’s largest win with a 9-0 thrashing of Bournemouth at Anfield.
The setback against Manchester United on Monday confirmed Liverpool’s worst start to a Premier League season in a decade, but the rampaging Reds quickly corrected the record, equaling United’s 9-0 triumph over Ipswich in 1995 to kick-start their campaign.
Roberto Firmino set up Luis Diaz’s third goal (3), Harvey Elliott’s drive (6), and Trent Alexander Arnold’s powerful strike (28) before scoring Liverpool’s fourth (31).
Virgil van Dijk’s stunning header (45) ensured no relief for the Cherries, who gave Liverpool their fifth goal when Chris Mepham headed into his net (46). Firmino scored his second goal in the 62nd minute, giving Liverpool their seventh goal of the afternoon.
Fabio Carvalho came off the bench to score his first Liverpool goal (80), before Diaz completed the record triumph with his second and the hosts’ ninth goal (85) as Jurgen Klopp’s side secured their first win of the season to rise to seventh in the rankings.
Liverpool’s record-breaking win –
- Liverpool scored nine goals in a single top-flight game for the first time since September 1989 vs Crystal Palace (9-0). Saturday’s win was their joint-biggest margin of victory in their league history (also 9-0 v Crystal Palace in 1989 and 10-1 v Rotherham Town in 1896).
- Bournemouth suffered their joint-heaviest defeat in their entire league history, also losing 9-0 versus Lincoln City in December 1982 in the third tier.
- Following goals from Harvey Elliott (19) and Fabio Carvalho (19), Liverpool had two different teenagers score in the same Premier League game for the first time in their history in the competition.