Following Liverpool’s loss to Manchester United on Monday, harsh comments were hurled their way.
Former vice-captain Jamie Carragher described it as “embarrassing” that they began the Premier League season with two draws and a defeat at Old Trafford.
It occurred only a few months after they came agonizingly close to football immortality last season, winning the Carabao Cup and FA Cup but finished runners-up in the Premier League by a point and losing the Champions League final to Real Madrid.
Jurgen Klopp has set high standards at Anfield, which his team has failed to reach thus far this season, but the coming of promoted Bournemouth on Merseyside provided the Reds with an opportunity to remind their opponents of their qualities.
Liverpool’s performance accomplished all of this and more. The Reds performed a performance of aggressive, attacking football that ended in a 9-0 victory… with supporters clamoring for 10.
Following Liverpool’s loss to Manchester United on Monday, harsh criticism was leveled at the club.
Former vice-captain Jamie Carragher condemned their start to the Premier League season with two draws and a defeat at Old Trafford as “embarrassing.”
It happened only a few months after they came agonizingly close to achieving football immortality last season, winning the Carabao Cup and FA Cup but finishing second in the Premier League by a point and losing in the Champions League final to Real Madrid.
Liverpool fans were upbeat after defeating champions Manchester City in the Community Shield thanks to new acquisition Darwin Nunez, but the Reds fell flat in draws against Fulham and Crystal Palace.
At the start of the week, they were overrun by Erik ten Hag’s United, and there were accusations that Klopp’s team was suffering from a hangover from last season’s final defeats.
The defeat at Old Trafford was their first in the league in 2022, and they replied on Saturday by annihilating newly promoted Bournemouth in front of their own fans.
Luis Diaz and Harvey Elliott scored in the first five minutes, then Trent Alexander-thunderbolt, Arnold’s Roberto Firmino’s close-range strike, and Virgil van Dijk’s header made it 5-0 at the interval.
In the second half, Chris Mepham scored an own goal, Fabio Carvalho scored his first goal for the club, and Diaz and Firmino both added to their tally.
“We had to show a point for ourselves,” Klopp explained. “I enjoyed how we didn’t hold anything back, putting them under pressure. We established early objectives and continued with the same aim in mind.
“It was critical that we continue going. You’ll have a bitter taste in your mouth if you let them score one. At 6-0, we could unleash the kids – it was the ideal football afternoon for us.
“We’re all aware that something like that was required. We had more chances in past games but didn’t take them.”
“We had a point to prove after three disappointing games,” England defender Alexander-Arnold said, “but the essential thing was to come out and win, and we did it in amazing form.”
Elliott, a teenager who scored his first Premier League goal with a spectacular curling attempt, stated: “It’s a huge relief for us and our fans to put on a show and prove those who doubted us wrong. We’re ecstatic.”
A 9-0 score has only been achieved three times in Premier League history, once by Manchester United against Ipswich and once by Leicester against Southampton.
Brazil striker Firmino reminded everyone of his abilities after ending Liverpool’s 20-game streak without scoring in the league.
With two goals and three assists, the 30-year-old became the third Reds player, after Mohamed Salah and Luis Suarez, to have a role in five goals in the same game.