Liverpool came storming back from their poor start to the Premier League season at Anfield on Saturday afternoon, thumping Bournemouth 9-0 to get their campaign up and running in brutal style and breaking a slew of records in the process.
The Reds had got off to their worst start to a league season in 18 years, drawing with Fulham and Crystal Palace and losing to Manchester United at Old Trafford.
They’d looked well off the pace in those games when compared with the energetic performances we’ve come to expect from Jurgen Klopp’s side in recent years.
On Saturday afternoon, though, they got well and truly back in the groove, hitting nine goals in an eviscerating display at Anfield.
Some people might point to the opposition as a caveat, and the Reds will certainly face sterner tests in the coming weeks and months, but this was still a stunning demonstration of clinical finishing and attacking football.
After the game, Jurgen Klopp was asked on Sky Sports how good his team had been. “Very good,” he said rather understatedly.
“I loved the start in the game. We wanted to show a reaction, a reaction for ourselves, being ourselves, getting close to the best version of ourselves…
“We play a specific way, and for that we need direction in the game and that’s what the boys put in from the first second.”
Here, we’ve rounded up nine stats that show just how dominant Liverpool were and how many records they broke, courtesy of Squawka, Statman Dave, SofaScore, WhoScored and Understat.
– The nine goals Liverpool put past Bournemouth equalled the biggest winning margin in Premier League history, first set when Manchester United hammered Ipswich Town 9-0 in 1995 and then equalled by Leicester and Man United, who both beat Southampton 9-0, in 2019 and 2021 respectively.
– The winning margin was, of course, Liverpool’s biggest in a Premier League game. Their previous record was their 7-0 win over Crystal Palace in 2020.
– Not only was it their biggest winning margin in the Premier League, but it matched their biggest winning margin in all league football since the club’s foundation. The other time they won by nine was a 10-1 victory over Rotherham Town in the Second Division in the 1898-99 campaign.
– Roberto Firmino got three assists in the game, making him the first Red to get an assist hat-trick since… err… Roberto Firmino, who got set up three goals against Southampton in February 2020.
A record-breaking afternoon 😍 pic.twitter.com/1ViG759VQu
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 27, 2022
– Following this win, Liverpool are now unbeaten in the last 110 Premier League games in which they’ve been leading at half-time.
– This is Liverpool’s home record since losing to Scott Parker’s Fulham at Anfield in March 2021: WDWWWDWDDWWWWWWWWWWWWDWDW. This was sweet revenge for that defeat inflicted by Parker.
– Trent Alexander-Arnold scored once, made 32 final-third passes, completed nine long balls and six crosses, made three key passes and had a total of 123 touches. One hundred and twenty-three. He was everywhere.
– Liverpool created 4.86 expected goals (xG) to Bournemouth’s 0.18. Sure, Liverpool outperformed their xG, but that’s still the highest xG recorded by a Premier League team so far this season. The next best is the 3.67 posted by Manchester City against Newcastle.
– Lastly, the least believable stat of all: Mohamed Salah got zero goals or assists in the game. None. Not one. Zilch, nil, nowt, zip. Liverpool scored nine times and Salah didn’t get his name on the sheet. He also got the lowest WhoScored rating of his Premier League career, 5.89. Just imagine what would have happened had he been on his game.
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