Liverpool defeated a helpless Bournemouth with a commanding 9-0 victory on Saturday afternoon at Anfield, to finally get off to a winning start of the season.
The Reds scored an impressive first victory of the season thanks to a brace from Firmino and Luis Diaz, one goal each from Alexander-Arnold, Harvey Elliot, defender Van Dijk, Carvalho, and Mepham, and an own goal.
As the Reds sought their first victory of the season, Jurgen Klopp’s players attacked the opposition goal area like a house on fire in the opening minutes of the match.
And rightfully scored the game’s first goal through Luis Diaz, who grabbed onto Roberto Firmino’s cross and expertly headed the ball into the goal after a VAR review confirmed the Colombian’s goal.
As Liverpool threatened an attack, Harvey Elliot increased their advantage with a beautiful shot from outside the box three minutes later.
The talisman Mohamed Salah missed two excellent chances to enhance Liverpool’s score as the rabid Reds would not let up after scoring twice in the first ten minutes.
Trent Alexander-Arnold, a fullback under siege, put some distance between the two teams just before the half-hour mark when he blasted a fierce strike from distance to increase Liverpool’s lead.
When Firmino pounced on a loose ball inside the box after 31 minutes, he beat the goalkeeper with a shot into the top corner, ending the game before halftime. Things went from bad to worse.
Van Dijk made a fantastic connection from an Andy Robertson corner kick to give Liverpool a fifth goal, giving them five goals overall for the first time in a Premier League game.
After a break, the Merseyside team continued its aggressive pursuit of further information. While attempting to clear a cross, Chris Mepham scored an unfortunate own goal for the visitors.
Two minutes after the hour mark, Firmino scored his second goal for himself and the team’s seventh goal, highlighting his return to form.
To add insult to injury, youngster Fabio Carvalho displayed his exceptional technical skill by volleying the ball from within the area beyond Bournemouth goalkeeper Travers.
With five minutes left in the game, Diaz pounced after Firmino to net his own brace and Liverpool’s ninth goal of the day to put the cherry on top. His attempt ended up being the final one, allowing Liverpool to win their first game of the year in spectacular fashion.