Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hails ‘perfect’ afternoon ahead of ‘crazy’ playing schedule

Liverpool marked their first Premier League victory of the season by putting nine goals past Bournemouth and equalling the record for the biggest ever win in the competition.

The Reds have struggled in the opening weeks of this campaign as draws against Fulham and Crystal Palace were followed by a galling loss at rivals Manchester United. 

Klopp's calls for a reaction were heeded in style on Saturday, when nobody inside a rocking Anfield could have predicted they would witness Liverpool matching their biggest top-flight win ever.

Asked to describe the win in one word, Liverpool boss Klopp told the post-match press conference: "Needed.

"After a short pre-season with mixed results, having an absolute highlight (by winning the Community Shield against Manchester City) that early in the season, playing really good stuff and then dropping for some reason.

"I know how it sounds when you lose a game and then you try to explain it. It's always the same.

"Each manager in the world is a fantastic entertainer when you win football games. When you have to answer questions after you lose a game and try to find explanations, it sounds like excuses or whatever.

"That's why the public part of my job is completely not important. It's just important what's the conclusion for us. That's why I said we had to prove a point for us.

"We were not happy with the way we played. We had good moments in nearly all the games where we showed things which we are strong at, and other things where we have to improve.

"That's what we had to do today, but you cannot make a list and take them all off the list step by step. You just have to give the game a proper direction and that's why I loved the start today so much.

"You get this early goal and you get the second. And we kept going, scored different goals but always with the same purpose: keep going, put them under pressure, don't stop.

"Then it's 5-0 for half-time and I couldn't respect more what Scott (Parker) is doing at Bournemouth in not the easiest circumstances, how I can see (it) from outside.

"At half-time it was important that we, again, keep going because it's early in the season. It's not for us now to control it a little bit and let him score one and have this kind of bitter taste after a wonderful afternoon.

"You get out of the blocks again with 6-0 and then everybody's scored, we could bring on the kids, which deserve it so much, so we could rotate if we want at the start of the most busy period I've ever experienced.

"I can say it already before we've played it will be crazy and in the end it was the perfect football afternoon for us.

"A lot of different goalscorers, all these kinds of things. Wonderful goals, fantastic situations and we all know that we needed something like that.

"We had bigger chances in other games and didn't use them. That's the nature of the thing."

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