Liverpool ended this season’s Premier League victory with five goals in the first half as they beat Bournemouth 9-0 at Anfield on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp sought answers from his side who were 16th at the start of the day after losing 2-1 to Manchester United in draws against Fulham and Crystal Palace on Monday and Liverpool duly accompanied Luiz. Diaz and Harvey Elliott netted in less than 10 minutes.
Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino scored a speedy fire twofold on one or the other side of the half-hour mark, before Virgil van Dijk struck at the stroke of half-time in an uneven undertaking.
Liverpool took up where they forgot about in the final part. Alexander Arnold provided an excellent cross towards Diaz just a minute after half-time when Bournemouth defender Chris Mepham turned to his own net.
Firmino’s substitutes Fabio Carvalho and Diaz scored more goals in the second half to seal the victory with nine goals to equalize the Premier League record for the biggest winning margin. United have achieved this feat twice and Leicester City thrice.
We needed to make a statement for ourselves,” Klopp said. We weren’t content with the manner in which we played up until this point this season however we had great minutes in those games.
We just had to give the right direction to the game and that’s why I had a good start today. Everything about them two wonderful goals.
We kept scoring different goals but there was only one purpose to keep the pressure. In the end it was the perfect football afternoon.
Klopp rolled out only one improvement from the group losing to United, with Fabinho supplanting James Milner in midfield.
Diaz gave Liverpool an offbeat start in the third minute, slipping Firmino’s invited cross backwards. Elliott added a second three minutes later as he hit a drive shot from the edge of the box to the bottom left corner.
Alexander-Arnold swung into action in 28 minutes with a screaming rifle in the top corner outside the 18-yard box just before Firmino, who had assisted one of the first three goals in a volley at the back post.
Van Dijk scored Liverpool’s fifth with a powerful header from Andy Robertson’s corner just before half-time and completed a comfortable first half.
The first-half performance stood as Liverpool’s biggest lead at halftime in the Premier League era, scoring five for the first time since 1958, but Klopp’s side refused to show mercy.
Mefham’s own goal just after half-time sent Liverpool across six, and Firmino netted Liverpool’s seventh in 62 minutes when he tied the ball close to home.
Carvalho overtook Constantino Simicus Cross in 82 minutes and Diaz took Liverpool’s eighth spot five minutes ahead of time.
Klopp’s side looked like they were on the verge of setting Premier League history, with neither team ever scoring 10 goals in one match and Liverpool being denied penalty moments in time for the other. Pushed, but once again the trap was not found.
Bournemouth manager Scott Parker said what happened today was a pleasant experience.
We need to take a decision in the transfer market and give these players a break. They are fighting for air.