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Liverpool 3 – 1 Bolton
Full Time: The game ends and the scoreline is deceiving as it could have been so much more for Liverpool today. Suarez looked sensational; his passing, his movement, his vision were all exceptional. Liverpool played very well in general, with their new players like Henderson, Enrique, Downing and Adam all putting in good performances. Their attacking was relentless and they kept going even after the game was clearly already won.
90min+2: A goal for Klasnic and Bolton after a mistake by Jamie Carragher lets Petrov in. Carragher blokes Petrov’s shot but Klasnic is there to score the consolation.
90min+1: 2 minutes of added time will be played and Liverpool are still looking for another goal as Skrtel’s run down the right wing but his cross is poor.
90min: Enrique sends an inviting ball across the box but no one can get on the end of it.
88min: Downing cuts inside off the left wing and unleashes a shot on his right foot but it goes wide and over.
87min: Good play down the left wing from Jose Enrique. He links up well with Downing.
85min: Reo-Coker has a wild shot from outside the box hit the stands.
84min: Tuncay’s run at the back post is spotted by Petrov who nearly finds him with a cross but it is cleared by a Liverpool defender and the corner is wasted.
83min: Bolton can’t get a sniff of the ball and when they do they give it straight away. It’s been a poor day at the office for Owen Coyle’s team.
80min: Skrtel looks like he wants to score another as his pressure in the box forces another corner from Bolton. A Dirk Kuyt cross nearly falls to Andy Carroll but it is cleared. The ball eventually comes back to Carroll on the inside of the box but his shot is poor and goes wide.
79min: Downing whips in a brilliant inviting cross across the face of the Bolton goal that Andy Carroll should have put his head on.
75min: Appeals for a penalty as Suarez is tackled by Robinson in the box. It’s touch and go but the Bolton defender looked to have touched the ball. The corner comes to nothing as Andy Carroll and Maxi Rodriguez come on for Luis Suarez and Jordan Henderson. The Liverpool fans are on their feet for the Uruguayan, and deservedly so.
72min: A pass back is causing controversy as Jaaskelainen clearly picked up a ball from Paul Robinson.
71min: Danny Agger makes a run forward but is forced to shoot on his right foot and it goes high and wide. Kevin Davies is subbed off for Darren Prately
69min: Mark Davies looks like the best Bolton player on the pitch. His pass just misses out on Tuncay who is outmuscled by Jose Enrique.
67min: Great chance for Bolton as Petrov’s cross is blocked but the rebound falls to Klasnic just outside the six-yard box, who volleys it against a Liverpool defender.
66min: Bolton keep giving the ball away and Liverpool look very comfortable.
64min: Klasnic wins a corner as his shot is deflected off a Liverpool defender. Rare chance for Bolton here but it’s cleared. Bolton retain possession but then waste it carelessly.
62min: Suarez makes a great run down the left but Henderson is too hesitant on the ball and gives it to Lucas who wastes it.
60min: A rare attacking chance for Bolton but Kevin Davies holds onto it too long and the chance is gone. Liverpool on the attack again.
58min: A flurry of Liverpool corners ends with a header at goal by Skrtel which Jaaskelainen collects comfortably. Bolton will need to up their game to avoid a hammering.
57min: Suarez is unstoppable as he plays in Downing who’s shot is deflected.
56min: Liverpool are all over Bolton, and Suarez and Kuyt’s interplay is brilliant. Suarez just gets on the end of a Kuyt pass inside the Bolton box and tries to round the keeper but the angle is too tight and he fires his shot off the side netting.
53min: Charlie Adam scores Liverpool’s third. Kuyt plays it across the edge of the Bolton box, Adam beats a player and unleashes a right footed shot from just outside the box that beats Jaaskelainen to his right. Liverpool are looking extremely dominant now.
52min: Charlie Adam’s shot is blocked and wins a corner which he sends in onto the head of Martin Skrtel who powers a header into the Bolton net. 2-0 to Kenny Dalglish’s men.
51min: Bolton defending strongly now and at every opportunity as Liverpool turn up the pressure.
50min: Suarez plays Henderson down the right wing but his cross is blocked by Cahill. Henderson follows his first cross with a cross/shot that Jaaskelainen has to scramble to clear. The corner comes to nothing.
49min: Lucas is downed by Klasnic and is booked for his troubles. Very poor tackle on the Brazilian, who is playing well.
48min: Skrtel’s low cross into the area can’t find Downing and is cleared well in a precarious position by a Bolton defender.
46min: Suarez starts the second half as he ended the first and goes down in the box under a Zat Knight tackle. The referee gives nothing however.
Half time: The referee blows for half time, as Lucas seems to be receiving attention for a possible injury. Liverpool have been very impressive in the first half, with Luis Suarez looking dangerous every time he gets the ball. Bolton are sloppy in possession and are being over run in midfield. Liverpool will look to get the important second goal as they failed to do against Sunderland here in the opening fixture. The next goal is crucial.
45min: Jose Enrique has a great run down the left wing blocked by Reo-Coker who plays the ball off the Liverpool defender and out for a goal kick.
44min: Henderson’s free kick is blocked by the first man and the following Liverpool corner is collected by Jaaskelainen.
43min: Penalty calls for Liverpool. Steinsson handles it on the edge of the box but the referee gives a free kick instead. Steinsson is booked.
40min: Dirk Kuyt’s effort from the edge of the Bolton box looked to be finger-tipped over the bar by the Bolton keeper but the referee says goal kick.
39min: Mark Davies brilliant run from midfield ends with a relatively weak shot. Great run by the Bolton midfielder.
37min: Some good Liverpool passing down the left ends with Charlie Adam being penalised for diving. No card for the Scotsman however.
35min: Dirk Kuyt’s hard work earns him a shot at goal but it isn’t too worrying for Jaaskelainen who collects comfortably.
33min: A Bolton corner is nearly converted by Cahill who’s diving header is deflected away from goal towards Steinsson who doesn’t know much about it and puts it wide.
32min: Liverpool stroking it around in midfield with confidence.
31min: Petrov wins a corner for Bolton but Kevin Davies heads it over.
30min: Kelly comes off for Skrtel who will slot in at right back for Liverpool.
28min: An injury to Martin Kelly has paused play for the mean time. It looks like Skrtel is getting ready to come on.
25min: Chris Eagles plays in Reo-Coker down the right hand side but his cross doesn’t find a Bolton player to finish it. Fabrice Muamba comes off for Mark Davies.
24min: Suarez beats the Bolton offside trap after Henderson puts him through and the Uruguayan just chips the ball over the Bolton goal. Great chance.
22min: Liverpool should be two up after Kuyt somehow can’t convert Henderson’s cross that looked to have put it on a plate for the Dutchman. Liverpool playing some great football so far.
21min: Suarez gets in behind the Bolton defence onto the end of a Charlie Adam long range pass but his touch just can’t bring the ball under control and Jaaskelainen cleared it.
19min: Suarez is once again involved in some great Liverpool play as his pass sets Downing free down the left wing. Downing crosses it into Kuyt but his shot is blocked and Adam is urged to shoot from the rebound but his effort goes wide.
18min: Great response from Bolton as Petrov tests Reina with a volley from Chris Eagles’ cross.
15min: Goal for Liverpool by Jordan Henderson. The build up was excellent from Suarez with a brilliant cross on the outside of his boot but Downing can’t beat Jaaskelainen and the ball comes to Kuyt who gives to Henderson. The young midfielder’s first attempt is blocked but he makes no mistake with the second one as he curls it past the keeper into the Bolton net.
13min: Some more one touch exchanges between Suarez and Kuyt. The two are displaying a good understanding of each other so far.
12min: Half chances for Bolton to work Liverpool become clear but Owen Coyle’s team are sloppy in possession.
11min: Probing ball down the left by Enrique tries to find Dirk Kuyt but it’s overcooked.
8min: The corner is cleared but Liverpool are on the attack again. Henderson is offside however, and the attack breaks down.
7min: Bolton’s first attack comes in the form of a run by Martin Petrov down the left and the Bulgarian wins a corner that is cleared by Liverpool, who break and Downing puts the ball a bit too far ahead of himself but wins a corner.
6min: The first ball into the box is cleared by the Bolton defence and Jaaskelainen catches the second attempt.
5min: Excellent hard work from Suarez down the left wing but his appeals for a free kick are turned down. More good play through Adam and Downing wins a corner.
4min: Adam hits it into the wall and it’s cleared by Steinsson.
3min: Some tidy football between Charlie Adam, Dirk Kuyt and Luis Suarez result in a free kick for Liverpool outside Bolton’s box.
1min: We’re under way at Anfield and Liverpool start brightly with an attack down the right wing.
Liverpool – Pepe Reina, Martin Kelly, Jamie Carragher, Daniel Agger, Jose Enrique, Charlie Adam, Lucas, Dirk Kuyt, Jordan Henderson, Stewart Downing, Luis Suarez.
Bolton – Jussi Jaaskelainen, Gretar Steinsson, Gary Cahill, Zat Knight, Paul Robinson, Chris Eagles, Nigel Reo-Coker, Fabrice Muamba, Martin Petrov, Kevin Davies, Ivan Klasnic.