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Liverpool 3-1 Bolton: Reds run rampant over Wanderers

New boys Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam opened their Liverpool accounts, as the Reds defeated Bolton at Anfield 3-1 Saturday.

Henderson was the first of Kenny Dalglish’s new signings to get off the mark with a goal in the 15th minute. A wonderful ball played by Luis Suarez with the outside of his right foot was met by Stewart Downing, whose volley was expertly saved by Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen. Dirk Kuyt was the first to the rebound, passing to Henderson who one-timed a shot with his right. A fortunate bounce off of Nigel Reo-Coker saw the ball land on Henderson’s left side, and the former Sunderland man put it into the top corner.

The Reds – playing a 4-2-3-1 – dominated all game and walked into the dressing room at halftime with a 1-nil lead. But unlike the opener against Sunderland, Liverpool wouldn’t drop points with a poor second half.

Starting XI


Kelly | Carragher | Agger | Enrique
Lucas  |  Adam
Kuyt  |  Henderson  |  Downing



Subs: Doni, Skrtel, Robinson, Spearing, Shelvey, Rodriguez, Carroll

Liverpool came out firing in the second, thanks in large part to Suarez. The Uruguayan was a menace to the backline of Bolton, his clever runs and attacking flair always keeping Gary Cahill and Zat Knight on their heels.

Substitute Martin Skrtel, subbed on for the injured Martin Kelly, headed home in the 52nd minute on a corner taken by Adam. The Slovakian international flew into the box and took advantage of lax marking by Knight.

Adam opened his Reds account just 1 minute later, taking a pass from Kuyt and ripping a shot with his right foot into the bottom corner.

Suarez was a threat all game and seemed frustrated that he couldn’t make it three goals in three Premier League games. The Uruguayan made way for Andy Carroll in the 77th minute, while Henderson also departed for Maxi Rodriguez.

The game was a walk in the park for the Reds – minus Carragher’s error in stoppage time that lead to Ivan Klasnic’s consolation goal. The team was excellent, the movement even better, and Dalglish’s pass and move brand of football is back and in full force.

The only problem is, what to do with Carroll? Once again, Liverpool played better without the Big Geordie, and a Suarez-Kuyt strike partnership is far more threatening than a Suarez-Carroll one has proven to be. That might be the £35 million question for Dalglish’s men, but that certainly won’t overshadow what was an excellent performance by the Reds.

Man of the Match: Luis Suarez. Although not on the scoresheet, no other player makes the same impact on a game that Suarez does. The movement, the creativity, the flair, Suarez has it all and was a nightmare all evening long for Bolton.

Needs to do better: Martin Kelly and Jamie Carragher. It might be a bit cruel to pick on an injured player in Kelly, but come on: that’s the third time in less than six months Kelly has pulled up short because a hamstring injury. Does he know how to stretch? As far as Carragher goes, the legend’s error led to a stoppage time consolation goal for Bolton. It would have been nice for Pepe Reina to get a clean sheet at Anfield…..

Player to keep an eye on: Jordan Henderson. A lot has been made (too much!) about Henderson’s £16 million fee, and many were quick to slag the youngster off after the Sunderland match. But each performance has gotten better for the ex-Sunderland player, and the more he gels with the squad, the better he’ll become this season.

Side note: 20-year-old Uruguayan defender Sebastian Coates was in the crowd at Anfield. Coates, voted Copa America young player of the tournament, is the latest signing made by Dalglish (pending an approval for a work permit). The 6’6” CB rejected offers from Athletico Madrid and Manchester City to come to Anfield for a fee believed to be £7 million largely because of international teammate Luis Suarez.

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