Scott Parker described Bournemouth’s 9-0 defeat at Liverpool as the most painful experience of his career, but also a taste of things to come for his promoted side unless new signings arrive in the final days of the transfer window.
Bournemouth suffered a record Premier League defeat as Jürgen Klopp’s side recorded their first win of the campaign in emphatic style.
The Liverpool manager expressed his sympathy for his Bournemouth counterpart, who have spent £22.6m on two players and made three free transfers since winning promotion. “Look at the other two teams that went up and what they spent,” said Klopp of Fulham and Nottingham Forest. “Then you look at Bournemouth and think, ‘OK, what’s going to happen there?’ The league is very tough and obviously when you’ve just won promotion, the problems start now.”
Parker apologized to Bournemouth fans for the defeat and admitted his players simply could not cope with the gulf in quality at Anfield. “Needless to say, it’s a really humbling experience. I’m pretty shocked,” he said.
“I’m not that surprised because the level here is much higher than what we have. I’m not making any excuses, some of the goals were self-made.
“I feel sorry for the fans. I feel sorry for the players because we are poorly equipped at this level. It doesn’t light me. There are players who are experiencing the Premier League for the first time. I never thought we could win 9-0 , but I was expecting a real challenge at certain times in certain matches.
“This is the hardest day, as a player and certainly as a coach. Today’s touchline was quite painful and I could sense it was painful for the players as well. They need a little help.
“Liverpool were merciless and my boys were on the ground, gasping for oxygen at times and trying to breathe.”
Despite being at his lowest ebb, the Bournemouth manager predicted further torment without the necessary reinforcement ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline.
Parker added: “I can see more [routs]. We have to make a decision. I’ve been clear about what this season could look like for us and I’m sticking with it.
“We have to make a decision and try to help this young group who sometimes struggle for air. Each one of us has to make that decision. We have been trying to get more quality and there are a million reasons why [it hasn’t happened].”
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