|Roberto Firnminho rolled back the years to help Liverpool to a 9-0 annihilation of Bournemouth at Anfield on Saturday. (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
Liverpool needed to respond against Bournemouth after a strange start to the season that saw them gather just two points out of a possible nine and they went about the response in a wicked manner, heaping nine goals past Travers in the Bournemouth goal.
The Kops made slight changes to the team that started at Old Trafford; Fabinho came in for James Milner and Scott Parker also rang a few changes to the side that lost to Arsenal at the Vitality Stadium last week Saturday.
The signs were ominous for the Cherries as early as the second minute with Luis Dias rising high to head home a delightful cross from Firminho. The Brazilian assisted Harvey Elliot for the second just two minutes later for his first ever goal for the Kops.
Trent Alexander Arnold had been on a stinking form but he chose the right moment to shine. The Bournemouth defense allowed too much space and the England right back sent one to the top corner from the edge of the bus.
Fiminho added the fourth when a fortuitous cross fell into his path, he reacted well and you must feel sorry for Parker and the Cherries at this point. Virgil Van Dijk scored from a corner kick to make it five before the break.
Elliot made way for another youngster as Fabio Carvalho came off the bench. It took only one minute of the restart for Liverpool to score again; Luis Dias forced Chris Mepham to divert into his own net from a dangerous cross from Alexander Arnold.
Six became seven through Carvalho for his first ever goal for Liverpool too and seven became eight through Firminho again and eight became nine through Luis Diaz at the near post off a Tsimikas corner. It was the fourth time in history that a team would win by that margin.
Liverpool moved off the relegation zone to five points but still seven off the top of the league that is currently occupied by Arsenal.