BOSS Scott Parker described as the “most painful day” in his entire career seeing his Cherries side absolutely dismantled by rampant Liverpool 9-0 at Anfield.

The Reds equalled the biggest win in Premier League history as Roberto Firmino and Luis Diaz both grabbed braces.

Harvey Elliott, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Fabio Carvalho and a Chris Mepham own goal equalled Cherries’ biggest ever loss as a club.

Parker featured in 368 games as a player in the Premier League, as well as 18 times for England at senior level.

He has now taken charge of 160 senior fixtures as a manager, with Fulham and now Cherries.

Asked by the Daily Echo whether the hammering on Merseyside was his toughest day in the game, Parker replied: “Oh yeah, for sure. This is the toughest day.

“As a player, and certainly as a coach, this is the toughest and most painful day that I have experienced, for sure.

“That touchline today was pretty painful and I could sense it was painful for the players on the pitch as well. I felt for every single one of them.

“They need some help and at those moments the levels were just too great.”

The defeat equalled the 9-0 Premier League losses suffered by Southampton against Manchester United and Leicester respectively – as well as United’s 9-0 win over Ipswich in March 1995.

Parker added: “It goes without saying it was a real humbling experience and one that was pretty shell-shocking really.

“In the sense of the result, I am probably not too surprised to be honest with you – in the sense of the levels we are playing against here and the quality is just far greater than we have at this present moment in time, at our disposal.

“While of course, it’s not me making an excuse, because there’s goals in that game which were down to our own doing. The set-play goals were really poor and we could do something about that but, at this present moment in time, I feel sorry for the fans, I feel sorry for the players to be honest with you.

“At this moment we are just a little bit unequipped from where we’ve come from, from what we have. It’s proved a bit difficult.”

Cherries host Wolves in their next top-flight encounter on Wednesday.