Saturday, 27 August 2011

Match Report:Liverpool 3 Bolton 1

Liverpool moved to the top of the Premier League table after cruising to an easy 3-1 victory against a poor Bolton side at Anfield. Kenny Dalglish opted to start with Andy Carroll on the substitute's bench and it proved to a wise move as his side played some free-flowing football at times that made the Bolton defence look ponderous. With no European disatractions this season, Liverpool could finally be title contenders this term. After dominating the early stages, Liverpool deservedly took the lead in the 15th minute when Jordan Henderson lashed a shot past Jussi Jaaskelainen after the Finnish goalkeeper had initally made a smart save to deny Dirk Kuyt. The lively Luis Suarez and Kuyt went close to doubling the Reds' lead before the interval but two goals in little over a minute early in the second period effectively ended the game as a contest. Substitute Martin Skrtel powered a header home from a 52nd-minute corner before the Bolton defence parted, allowing Kuyt to waltz into a dangerous area. The Dutchman set up Charlie Adam who slid a low shot past the hapless Jaaskelainen. There could have been more goals for Dalglish's side who threatened to run riot immediately after grabbing their third goal but, after the attacks had been repelled, Bolton netted a consolation goal with virtually the last kick of the game courtesy of Klasnic.

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