Editorials, News — August 27, 2011 23:11

Liverpool 3-1 Bolton (Match Report)

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Liverpool v Bolton 3 -1

The Reds impressed with a stunning performance against Bolton at Anfield earlier this evening. 

Suarez’s Man of the Match performance in today’s game and the impact he has had in the previous games just illustrates his unbelievable talent. Despite playing in the Copa America, the Uruguayan does not look tired. On this performance, it’s scary to think what he will play like when he is fully rested. A frightening thought in itself. 

Liverpool started the game with a lot of energy, high tempo and working hard to get that first goal. The ‘pass and move’ mantra of Liverpool FC was in full effect. Pass…move…pass…move, what an absolute delight to see. A truly five star performance from the Reds. 

The first goal came from the brilliance of Luis Suarez vision. Under pressure from Bolton defenders, Suarez managed to cross the ball into the danger area with the outside of his boot. Connecting with a first time volley, Stewart Downing was denied his first Premiership goal by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

But a first goal for Jordan Henderson came soon after. The young 21 year old, dropping his shoulder and calmly guided the ball into the net for the first goal. The delight of scoring his first goal was written across Henderson’s face, celebrating with the Anfield faithful.


Liverpool right back Martin Kelly went off during the first half forcing the Manager to play Martin Skrtel to slot in at right back.

Liverpool were all over Bolton in the first fifteen minutes. They were asking all the right questions of Bolton with Lucas controlling the middle of the park.

Bolton created some half chances and aside from a fantastic volley from Stilian Petrov, Pepe Reina was barely tested. Downing and Suarez both had chances to score but never capitalised.

The second half started as the first. Seven minutes into the second half, Martin Skrtel slipped away from his marker and connected sweetly with Adam’s corner. Skrtel looked a more threatening player than I had ever seen. Rampaging on the right, the defender was playing like a veteran of the right side.

But before the Anfield faithful could draw breath, Charlie Adam netted a third with an expertly taken goal with his weaker right foot. Along with Henderson, Adam had scored his first Liverpool goal.

Bolton got the final word with Ivan Klasnic scoring a injury time consolation goal for the away team.

In past years Liverpool have struggled to finish off teams like Bolton at Anfield. But today highlighted how far Liverpool have come under the stewardship of King Kenny.

Some managers may have started with Andy Carroll because of how much Liverpool paid for him but the King not afraid of making the big decisions continues to underline his pedigree at the top level.

The style of football that King Kenny built on last season was being played so vivaciously by the Reds. I was absolutely thrilled to see a performance that had shades of the 5-2 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage last season. A carnival atmosphere in the Kop.

A cracking start to the season from the Reds and as it stands, Liverpool are top of the league on goal difference.



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