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‘I was crying’ – Ian Wright makes Liverpool admission after watching another 9-0 Anfield mauling

It’s not every day that a team wins 9-0 in the Premier League, but those who witnessed Liverpool’s thrashing of Bournemouth will remember it fondly.

The score equals the record margin of victory in a Premier League match, but as older Reds can attest, it is not the first time Anfield has staged such a result in English football’s top flight.

Kenny Dalglish’s side defeated Crystal Palace by the same scoreline in 1989, on their way to their 18th league title.

Former Arsenal legend and England international Ian Wright was a member of the Eagles team that suffered the humiliation, and he recalls what it was like to be on the receiving end.

Speaking on Match of Day, he said: “I was crying. Do you know when I was crying? When Geoff Thomas missed the penalty at six. Not just because I wanted to take it but because it was devastating. The fact is, it’s humiliating. I remember at half-time, Steve Coppell saying we’ve got to be careful here because we’re playing against an elite team.

“This is the type of team you want to end up playing (for). We couldn’t get anywhere near them. It was really bad for us, but he (Coppell) got us to pick ourselves up quickly simply because they were so good.

“We saw what happened later in the year. We beat them 4-3 in a (FA Cup) semi-final, but it was tough. It was one of the most harrowing weeks of training, because we needed to get something.”

Similar to Luis Diaz, the scoring against Palace was opened and closed by the same player – Steve Nicol.

The game featured eight different scorers. Steve McMahon, Ian Rush, Gary Gillespie, Peter Beardsley, John Aldridge, John Barnes, and Glen Hysen joined Nicol.

This would be Aldridge’s final appearance in a red shirt before joining Real Sociedad. He came on as a second-half substitute and scored from the penalty spot with his first touch.

At the end of the game, Aldridge said goodbye to the Liverpool fans by throwing his shirt and boots into the Kop before leaving the field in just his shorts.

‘I was crying’ – Ian Wright makes Liverpool admission after watching another 9-0 Anfield mauling

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