Scott Parker was not surprised by Bournemouth's remarkable 9-0 defeat at Liverpool and warned the club they need to "get competitive" to avoid a repeat.
Liverpool, who were winless heading into Saturday's game at Anfield, tied the Premier League record with a hugely one-sided scoreline – the joint-worst loss Bournemouth have suffered in their league history.
Luis Diaz and Roberto Firmino both scored twice, while Harvey Elliott, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Fabio Carvalho also netted, along with a Chris Mepham own goal.
Bournemouth have now lost three consecutive games to Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool, conceding 16 goals without reply. No side have previously shipped as many at this stage of a Premier League season.
Parker was critical of his players against Arsenal but sided with them after this latest rout, repeating his pre-season belief that the squad was short of the required quality following promotion from the Championship.
"I think the bottom line is we were in the arena with massive quality," he explained to Sky Sports. "At this present moment in time, we're probably not equipped to handle where it currently is really.
"So, I'm hugely disappointed, one, because of the result, of course.
9 - Liverpool have scored nine goals in a single top-flight game for the first time since September 1989 vs Crystal Palace (9-0), while today’s win was their joint-biggest in their league history (also 9-0 v Crystal Palace in 1989 and 10-1 v Rotherham Town in 1896). Spectacular. pic.twitter.com/w8EM2GWvI0— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 27, 2022
"I'm disappointed for the travelling fans, and I'm also bitterly disappointed for the players as well really. It doesn't surprise me, and I probably sensed this.
"Yeah, this is probably where it is at this present moment in time, in terms of the players and everyone needs a little bit of help.
"Today just proved too big a challenge. The levels were far too big, and the quality was there for everyone to see, really.
"A clinical team, and we couldn't bear that, at times the intensity of the stadium as well.
"We've got a decision to make, really – I think that's where it is as a football club. We've got a decision to make. We need to get competitive in this division, really, because there will be days like this."