Liverpool vs. AFC Bournemouth – Match Report – 27 August, 2022

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For the first time in history, Liverpool scored nine goals in a Premier League match.

The overwhelming Liverpool returned to the Premier League, belatedly but with determination, to thrash Bournemouth and seal their first victory in the competition that coincided with Roberto Firmino’s vindication.

It was a historic win. The Reds equaled the record held by Manchester United, who achieved it twice, against Ipswich in 1995 and Southampton in 2021, and Leicester against Southampton in 2019. For the first time in history, Liverpool scored nine goals in a Premier League match.

Although the success was choral, the duel was especially relevant for Firmino. The Brazilian had lost his prominence of yesteryear. The arrival last year of Colombian Luis Díaz and this summer of Uruguayan Darwin Núñez had made Firmino less relevant despite the departure of Senegalese Sadio Mane to Bayern.

The South American had a lot to do with the character that appeared at Anfield to contemplate the first victory of the Reds. Success came late. On matchday four and trailing the title favorites in the table after two draws in their opening two games and last weekend’s loss to Manchester United.

After six minutes the clash was already on track for the red team. Two assists from Firmino and two goals. At three, by Luis Díaz, at six, by Harvey Elliot.

Bournemouth was desperate. Mohamed Salah was able to score the third in the quarter of an hour, although it came in the 28th, when Trent Alexander Arnold made a wall with Firmino and beat Mark Traveres again from outside the area. A great goal

The fourth arrived in half an hour. The Brazilian scored it after a play by Salah on the right and a poor clearance by the bewildered visiting defense in the middle of a nightmare. In the addition before the break came the fifth. On an Andrew Robertson corner that Virgil Van Dijk headed into the net.

The break stopped the avalanche but did not calm the red mood. As soon as the second half began, Chris Mepham put the ball into his own goal and extended Liverpool’s lead to six, which made it seventh at game time. Firmino marked it. A short corner ended with a long shot from Alexander Arnold. Trayers cleared it. But the Brazilian striker scored a new goal and the second on his account.

The scoring fest continued. Fabio Carvalho scored the eighth after a pass from Konstantiinos Tsimikas, one of those who had minutes in the final stretch. Klopp’s team had no mercy, who made the ninth through Luis Díaz in 85.

Although he tried, he did not finish tenth, which would have been an unprecedented historical record in the competition. He had chances but did not arrive and Liverpool settled for equalizing the largest score in existence. Of course, for the first time in its history, it managed to score nine in a Premier match.