After Liverpool came within one of a record-setting 10 goals against Bournemouth on Saturday, and bet365 have priced up a team to score 10 or more goals in a Premier League game this season at 8/1.
Liverpool joined Manchester United, Tottenham and Leicester in scoring nine goals in a Premier League match and it may be that in the competition’s 30th season, we see the milestone hit for the first time.
Bournemouth may have thought it was a good time to go to Anfield, but they’re now in the record books alongside south coast rivals Southampton in conceding nine in a Premier League game.
A tiny crumb of comfort for Mark Travers and Co. was that the Reds failed to reach double figures, but that record could go this season with Jurgen Klopp’s array of options up top as well as Erling Haaland now plying his trade on these shores.
Despite nine goals first being hit in 1995 by Manchester United, it took until 2009 for Tottenham to beat Wigan 9-1, with nine goals being scored more regularly in 2019, 2021 and 2022.
The eight-goal mark was first struck in 1999, when Manchester United put eight past Nottingham Forest, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came off the bench to net four in 10 minutes, with Newcastle beating Sheffield Wednesday 8-0 later in the year; Alan Shearer bagging a five-goal haul that day, but we had another lengthy wait for a repeat, with Middlesbrough’s final-day drubbing of Manchester City in 2008 the next time we’d see eight in a game.
Since 2010, there have been eight goals scored five times and nine goals scored four times, as the gulf between top and bottom grows ever larger.
Liverpool clearly have goals all over the pitch, with goals coming from centre-forward, left wing, central midfield, centre-back and even right-back (if we can call Trent Alexander-Arnold that), and that was all on a day where Mo Salah was uncharacteristically profligate, racking up an xG of 1.3 and missing two gilt-edged chances.
City meanwhile are also a threat all over the pitch, with Haaland recording just 16 touches against Crystal Palace and still scoring a hat-trick, giving you an idea of how he’ll be utilised by Pep Guardiola this season.
The 2021/22 Premier League campaign saw Liverpool and City score four goals nine times; five goals seven times; six goals twice and seven goals once, and with the Kop chanting ‘we want 10’ in the dying minutes on Saturday, the two sides may be racing to be the first to get over the line and into double figures.
By Steve Freeth