Bolton 0-2 Liverpool

Premier League
Saturday 15 November 2008 - 3:00 pm
Reebok Stadium
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Dirk Kuyt’s early headed goal started the scoring before a second half Gerrard header sealed another good Liverpool victory.

Liverpool played solidly first half – knocking the ball around well and stretching Bolton all over the field.  It was Kuyt who went closest early on with a fine shot hitting the crossbar.

Riera was getting a lot of the ball on the wing and after a couple of attempts himself he finally got in the perfect cross which Dirk Kuyt headed home.  It was a great goal, and moved him to top of Liverpool’s goalscoring chart this season.

Within minutes Robbie Keane should have doubled the lead when he only had to tap in from 4 yards out.  He fluffed at the chance and Bolton were thrown a lifeline. In injury time in the first half Bolton had a headed goal disallowed after Kevin Nolan blocked Reina from jumping for the ball.

The second half opened up with Bolton starting the quickest.  They had a great chance to score but a poor finish saw the ball go for a goal kick.  In the chase to get back Daniel Agger clattered in to the post, his knee hitting himself in the mouth and dislodging a tooth – which he promptly handed to the club doctor before continuing.

In the 59th minute Keane was replaced by Torres, and almost immediately Torres set up Gerrard – only for him to miss a similar chance to Keane’s in the first half – from about 4 yards out.  The reds should have put this game to bed but still the one-goal margin remained.

With just under 20 minutes left though, Torres easily took the ball back off the Bolton defence and played a perfect cross in for Gerrard to head home and for Gerrard to match Kuyt back at the top-scorers list.

The game petered out as Liverpool cruised to their 10th win in 13 Premiership matches this season and go back to the top of the Premiership, at least for now.

Goals

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Post Match Reaction

Rafa Benitez:

“We worked really hard and played really, really well in the first half. We were under pressure in the second because they were pushing and being more physical. But the question was to finish the game with a second goal and we did.

“It could have been more but a 2-0 win away to Bolton, who have been doing well in the last two games, is good.

“It’s important for us and our fans. We were not very happy after losing in the Carling Cup but the team did well and we are really pleased to be top.”

(on Alonso’s form)

“Clearly he is playing well.

“He played really well in his first year too. Okay, now he has more confidence and the players around him are maybe better too, like Gerrard and Javier Mascherano.

“It makes it easier for a midfielder when they have good movements of people like Fernando Torres and Robbie Keane in front.”

(on the disallowed Bolton goal)

“There is a rule that says the six-yard box is for the ‘keeper, so if you have three players around the ‘keeper and he cannot get to the ball, it’s obstruction and it’s an indirect free-kick. It’s very clear that these are the rules.

“These are the international rules and I have said this since I arrived here.”

Teams

Liverpool: Reina, Aurelio, Agger, Hyypia, Carragher, Gerrard, Riera (Benayoun 89), Mascherano, Alonso, Kuyt (Leiva 83), Keane (Torres 59)

Subs not used: Cavalieri, Dossena, Babel, Darby

Yellow: Carragher (86)

Goals: Kuyt (28), Gerrard (73)

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Samuel, O’Brien, Cahill, Steinsson, Taylor (Smolarek 83), Nolan, Muamba (Gardner 46), McCann, Elmander, Davies

Subs not used: Helguson, Basham, Shittu, Al Habsi, Obadeji

Yellow: Nolan (63)

Match Thread and Post Match Gloating here

Match Stats

Liverpool Possession: 58%. Shots: 18 (On target = 4). 400 accurate passes. 61 bad passes.
Bolton Possession: 42% Shots: 17 (On target = 6). 227 accurate passes. 40 bad passes.

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4 comments on
Bolton 0-2 Liverpool

  1. I think Kuyt is the man of the moment. With his header, we have the spirit to score another goal. And thanks to our hero, Steven Gerrard We can beat Bolton with his beautiful pass and free kick

  2. I think your right Dave. Agger is starting to show that he really wants that spot….. Don`t know if he would thank you for the FILLING pun

  3. Good performance keep it going. Marked improvement from the carling cup. Think Fernando is caught up in a hidden agenda the reason he doesnt get playing time. Tafa doesnt want to play him to much then Spain probably won’t select him. Rafa has seen Torres injured three times playing for Spain

  4. Thought we played well – could and probably should have had far more to make it comfortable. Hope the Dagger gets his tooth sorted! He really is filling Skrtel’s boots!

    Torres looked lively when he came on and Xabi, again, was magnficent. Top of the league. Don’t expect much from West Brom but we can live in hope they do us a favour.

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