Liverpool‘s dressing room, including Mo Salah, was filled with joy after trashing Bournemouth 9-0.
After having one of the worst Premier League season starts ever, Liverpool is back to winning. And on Saturday at Anfield, they made a record-breaking comeback.
Unlucky visitors AFC Bournemouth were the victims of the Reds’ record-breaking Premier League victory as they won 9-0. In actuality, it could have easily been more.
Jurgen Klopp’s team were up 2-0 after only six minutes, thanks to goals from Luis Diaz and Harvey Elliott. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Roberto Firmino, and Virgil van Dijk then struck to make it a five-goal advantage at the half. Soon after the restart, Chris Mepham’s own goal brought the score to six. And the South American pair sandwiched Fabio Carvalho’s first Liverpool goal to each score a hat trick.
Relief for Firmino
Particularly for Firmino, it was a day to remember. The Brazilian made light of recent criticism by scoring his 100th goal for the Reds. He went on to collect a hat-trick of assists.
But as you have unavoidably been watching the highlights since last night, you already know all of that. Here are some of the moments you might have missed in comparison.
Jordan Henderson has been a fantastic representative of the city over the past ten years. And on Saturday at Anfield, he paid respect to murdered student Olivia Pratt-Korbel. He took off an undershirt bearing the inscription “RIP Olivia YNWA” and afterward dedicated the victory to the nine-year-old on social media.
The Reds captain lost no time in imparting some advice to Fabio Carvalho before the restart when the Portugal Under-21s international replaced Harvey Elliott at halftime. He has been demonstrating his leadership abilities throughout the entire 90 minutes. The 19-year-old once again shone and struck his first goal for the team with a well-placed volley in front of the Kop, demonstrating that they certainly had the desired effect.
Kostas Tsimikas, Stefan Bajcetic, and James Milner were all brought as substitutes halfway through the second half. The Liverpool vice-captain took a break from his own final stretching to put his arm around the young Spaniard. He also helped calm his anxieties as the 17-year-old came on for his professional debut.
This week much has been made of the Reds’ aging midfield in contrast to Klopp’s belated shift in stance on transfers and admission that he will want to bolster his engine room before Thursday’s transfer deadline. Henderson and Milner might be the club’s fall guys as a result of any signing. But they keep demonstrating their value.
Reds’ wanted 10
After losing their last game to United and failing to win any of their first three games, Liverpool needed to step up when they hosted Bournemouth. Undoubtedly effective was a Premier League victory that equals a record.
However, that wasn’t enough for Reds supporters. They had grown understandably impatient and nervous about their team’s poor start to the season. And also worried that their title challenge might be over as early as August.
The Kop’s first cry of ecstasy was quickly followed by cries of “We want 10!” as soon as Luis Diaz’s header found the back of the net in the 85th minute. Even while the Reds made an effort to respond to such light appeals, they would go unmet in the end.
It would have been simple for Jurgen Klopp to become emotional after seeing his team win 9-0. And that doesn’t even take into account how his team began the season.
Whether it was out of respect for Bournemouth or just the realization that his team still has a lot of work to do—they are now sitting eighth in the table, five points behind Man City and seven points behind league leaders Arsenal. Klopp knows his team has more important things to worry about.
Even though he encouraged fans to celebrate in his post-game news conference and referred to the bank holiday as a “great weekend,” he wasn’t overjoyed at Anfield when the game was over.
Not a good outing for Salah against Bournemouth
It is an odd situation when you consider Mohamed Salah was not personally involved in any of the nine goals Liverpool scored against Bournemouth.
The Egyptian lost two clear-cut chances from close range and was also denied by a superb save by Mark Travers in the first half. But on a different day, he might have had a hat trick. Two of his tried deliveries did. However, unintentionally result in converted opportunities, at least for Diaz and Firmino.
He chuckled sarcastically, “No. I didn’t score any!” The startled journalists laughed in response.
Salah may have been joking. But he was probably also upset that he wasn’t personally responsible for any goals. Not only that, but his new contract gives him significant bonuses for goals and assists.
Salah is already four goals behind Erling Haaland in the race for the Premier League’s top scorer on a day when the latter struck a hat-trick for Man City. Despite having two goals this season, Diaz is not even Liverpool’s leading scorer. Not just the Reds need to make up lost ground.