Liverpool cruise to win over Bolton

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Updated: August 27, 2011

Liverpool beat Bolton Wanderers 3-1 in convincing style at Anfield as they picked up their first win at home for the season.

Jordan Henderson, Martin Skrtel and Charlie Adam were all on the score sheet for the Reds but it was Suarez who stood out the most with a brilliant display, creating a number of chances himself and was unlucky not to get a goal.

Liverpool started the game in the same fashion they started their home draw to Sunderland on the first day of the season; they gave the opposition no time on the ball and were constantly attacking, both through sustained pressure and on the counter attack.

Downing came close to opening the scoring in the 7th minute when he was played through on goal but his first touch let him down slightly and the Bolton defence forced a corner.

It would only take another seven minutes or so for Liverpool to open the scoring, when in the 15th minute Suarez started a move down the left wing with an exquisite cross with the outside of his right boot that found Downing in the box but the former Aston Villa man couldn’t find the net.

The ball broke to Dirk Kuyt at the back post, who passed it to Jordan Henderson, and after his first attempt was blocked the former Sunderland player switched it onto his left foot and curled it past Jaaskelainen, who had no chance.

Bolton’s chances were few and far between but they responded to the goal with a chance from Martin Petrov, when Chris Eagles switched the play from right to left to find Petrov inside the box but the Bulgarian winger’s powerful volley was caught by Pepe Reina.

Liverpool went on to dominate the first half but still could not find the second goal that eluded them against Sunderland a couple of weeks back.

There were penalty appeals when Downing tried to chip the ball past Gretar Steinsson on the edge of the area and the Swedish full back intentionally blocked it with his hand but replays showed it was just outside the box.

All this time Suarez was the main man for Liverpool, finding space in behind the Bolton defence, threading passes on the counter and working hard for the team; his one-two play with Dirk Kuyt is also worth mentioning as the two former Dutch League men seemed to be on the same wave length.

The Uruguayan should’ve scored in the 24th minute when Henderson’s incisive pass set him away past the Bolton offside trap but Suarez’s cheeky chip had a bit too much power on it and the ball went over the bar.

The second half saw Liverpool in absolute control of the match and their second and third goal came within a minute of each other as the Reds clicked into gear.

Skrtel got his head onto a Charlie Adam corner and unleashed a powerful header that gave Jaaskelainen no chance of saving in the 52nd minute.

Adam then turned from provider to scorer in the 53rd minute when he Bolton failed to close him down on the edge of their area and his right footed shot was perfectly placed to roll past the keeper and into the corner of the net.

It could have been a lot worse for Bolton if the likes of Kuyt, Downing and late substitute Andy Carroll were a little bit more clinical on the day; all spurned good chances in which they could have done better.

The only complaint Kenny Dalglish may have at the end of the game is the late consolation goal conceded by Liverpool, when Petrov took advantage of a Jamie Carragher mistake and Klasnic followed the Bulgarians blocked effort with a shot to score in the 92nd minute.

Liverpool will look at this performance as a benchmark for the rest of the season, as all their new signings seemed to shine but it was the South American Luis Suarez who came off to a standing ovation as the Liverpool faithful seem to have found their new hero.

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