Liverpool vent early season frustrations on Bournemouth as Cherries are annihilated at Anfield

Liverpool marked their first win of the new Premier League season in emphatic style, as they equalled the record for the biggest win in the competition’s history.

Roberto Firmino and Luis Diaz both grabbed braces as the Reds demolished newly-promoted Bournemouth 9-0 at Anfield. 

Jurgen Klopp's men were just pipped to last season's title and began the new campaign slowly, with surprise draws against Fulham and Crystal Palace compounded by Monday's loss at rivals Manchester United.

Scott Parker warned of a backlash and his Bournemouth side could do nothing to prevent a humiliation, with Liverpool recording their first Premier League win of the season in record-equalling fashion.

The Cherries join Southampton and Ipswich in suffering a 9-0 defeat in the competition.

The Reds were 2-0 up inside six minutes as Diaz and Harvey Elliott gave the hosts an early breakthrough.

After keeping the floodgates closed for the next 20 minutes, Bournemouth eventually succumbed to Liverpool's sustained pressure as Trent Alexander-Arnold added his name to the scoresheet.

Three minutes later, Roberto Firmino scored his first of the afternoon, while Virgil van Dijk closed out the half with a rare goal.

An own goal from Chris Mepham marked a torrid start to the second half for the visitors who were now 6-0 down.

Their issues were further compounded as Firmino added his second in the 62nd minute.

With 10 minutes remaining, the record-equalling win was completed as Diaz and Fabio Carvalho completed a nightmare afternoon for Cherries goalkeeper Mark Travers.

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