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Shay Given Defends Mark Travers After Liverpool's Record Win Over Bournemouth

Shay Given Defends Mark Travers After Liverpool's Record Win Over Bournemouth
By Gary Connaughton Updated

It's safe to say that Liverpool rediscovered their swagger this afternoon.

Entering the game against Bournemouth under some pressure having had a rather poor start to the campaign, there was always the chance that today's visitors to Anfield could suffer due to their previous frustrations. However, not many would have predicted the type of scoreline that would be produced.

Liverpool would run out as 9-0 winners in the game, equalling the record for the largest victory in Premier League history. In truth, the margin between the sides could have been even bigger.

It was certainly an excellent performance from Jurgen Klopp's side, although it was an equally poor one from Bournemouth. Scott Parker's men were very poor at the back, although it was difficult not to feel sorry for Mark Travers.

Shay Given defends Mark Travers after record loss to Liverpool

Perhaps one goal aside, there was very little that the Ireland international could do for any of the nine strikers. His brief was mainly a watching one, with the most action he saw coming when asked to pick the ball out of the net.

Being on the end of a record defeat is never something a goalkeeper would want to be part of, although Shay Given defended his role in it.

Speaking on Premier Sports, the former Newcastle United star said that you could only feel sorry for Mark Travers after an afternoon like that.

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I feel for Travers, he was the one that had to pick the ball out of the net nine times. He made a good save off James Milner near the end. It's a crazy result, a phenomenal result for Liverpool.

You look at these Bournemouth players and Scott Parker, I played with him at Newcastle, it's such a long journey home to Bournemouth. How does he get his players off the floor?

That's a real welcome to the Premier League, 9-0...

It could have been worse. We were saying off air, the step up from the Championship to the Premier League seems to be getting bigger and bigger.

They've had a really tough run, had to go to City and play Arsenal at home. They've had a really tough start to the Premier League season. They got off to that good start with that win over Aston Villa, which looks massive now.

As a manager when you go into the changing room, what do you say to those Bournemouth players after 9-0?..

You're hoping some of his defenders might turn up at some point. You see some of the shots, he's the man that picked the ball out of the net nine times.

It's a terrible day for any goalkeeper. If you go through each goal, he didn't have a chance with many of them.

Mark Travers has ensured a difficult start to the season, conceding a massive 16 goals in their four league games so far. However, the problems in the team seem to be coming from in front of him.

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Hopefully the Kildare man can put this spell behind him and prove himself as a Premier League no. 1.

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