How Roberto Firmino made Liverpool history and matched a Harry Kane benchmark vs Bournemouth

The Brazilian was in sublime form earlier today

Liverpool attacker Roberto Firmino etched his name into the history books of the club on Saturday afternoon.

Jurgen Klopp’s troops, of course, were back in action a short time ago.

On the back of an altogether underwhelming opening to the campaign, the Reds welcomed Premier League newcomers Bournemouth to Anfield, eyeing a return to winning ways.

And, when all was said and done, the day’s hosts went on to do just that, in the most emphatic fashion imaginable.

A scintillating attacking display ultimately culminated in Liverpool emerging on the right side of a 9-0 scoreline, owing to strikes on the part of all of Luis Diaz (2), Harvey Elliott, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Roberto Firmino (2), Virgil van Dijk, Fabio Carvalho and a Chris Mepham own goal.

On the back of a historic afternoon on Merseyside, it should therefore come as little surprise to hear of records tumbling amongst Jurgen Klopp’s ranks.

In fact, one player in particular managed to secure for himself not one, but two head-turning benchmarks.

The individual in question? Roberto Firmino.

As per statisticians Opta, after racking up a goal and three assists across the opening 45 minutes against Bournemouth, hitman Firmino became the first Liverpool player to be directly involved in four goals in the first half of a single Premier League match.

Not only that, but the Brazilian international too matched Tottenham talisman Harry Kane, as the first player to directly contribute to a quartet of goals in the opening half of a single Premier League fixture since all the way back in 2017:

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

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