Bolton 3-1 Liverpool

Premier League
Saturday 21 January 2012 - 5:30 pm
Reebok Stadium
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Liverpool failed to turn up at Bolton and were delivered a disappointing blow in the race for a Champions League spot.

The usually solid Liverpool defence crumbled and were a goal down within minutes at a windy and cold Reebok stadium.

After the game there were suggestions that the reds two upcoming cup games were on the players minds, and Kenny Dalglish expressed his fury with the players level of commitment – warning them that their futures at Anfield won’t be long ones if they think a performance like this is acceptable.

Bolton had won only one of their ten home games prior to this one – although it appeared that Liverpool were the team facing relegation on this performance.

Before the game the team line-up pleased many supporters – with Bellamy and Rodriguez both involved, replacing Kuyt and Downing from last weekends draw against Stoke.

In the 4th minute Mark Davies was allowed to waltz through the middle of the pitch and fire past Reina, 3 Liverpool players failing to put in a challenge.

Jose Enrique was easily dispossessed later and Chris Eagles pass in front of goal was fortunate to not be picked up by a Bolton player.

The referee waved away a Bolton handball in their box and within minutes Bolton doubled their lead.  Eagles again skipped through the reds defence and allowed Reo Coker to finish from 6 yards.

This second goal seemed to jolt Liverpool in to some sort of action – Carroll flicked on for Bellamy to chip in the reds first of the day.

The reds fans who made the trip expected the reds to continue their revival in the second half – but Liverpool started poorly again.

In the 50th minute a corner totally outmaneouvred Liverpool and Wheater and Steinsson combined to put the Wanderers 3-1 up.  There was going to be no coming back from this lifeless Liverpool performance.

An insipid Charlie Adam was removed alongside Maxi Rodriguez, and Kuyt and Downing were sent on – but it made little difference to this dismal reds performance and the minutes ticked away as Liverpool fell to their 5th, and arguably most disappointing defeat of the season.

In another weekend when the teams around us dropped points we failed to take advantage.

A clearly furious Dalglish issued a warning to the players after the game.  The reds need to buck their ideas up, and quick.  Both Manchester clubs visit Anfield this week in two cup ties.  If Liverpool maintain this level of performance it will be a tough week ahead.

3 comments on
Bolton 3-1 Liverpool

  1. l am very rapidlly loosing heart in this team and manager. The owners have backed Kenny in the transfer market and he bought rubbish. Gerrard is not the player he was at present and he was the one who pulled us out of many a tight spot. Unacceptable performance and drastic changes needed to the squad and fast.

    • We’re all frustrated but based on performances you can harldy say that Suarez and Enrique have been rubbish? I don’t believe that Adam or Henderson would be first team players had Gerrard and Lucas been fit all season. However, I think  they’re not bad players to have in the squad. With the exception of a few performances (spurs Away, bolton Away) we’ve generally played well and controlled most games we’ve played dominating most teams. We all know there’s a problem scoring goals, but once we fix that we can expect a change in fortune can’t we? what will we all say if we get 4th spot and win the Carling cup? will it be a bad season then? Both of those are well achievable and I don’t think we should judge the season until it’s finished.

    • Understand what you are saying but isnt this the sort of talk that led to both benitez and the woeful hodgson being saked all because of so called fans slaying them because of a few bad results.
      Lets face it. YES we were very very poor Saturday yet we are quick enough to point the blame at Kenny. He has only been in charge with the current squad for half a season and do you honestly expect some of them there come next season. Caroll will be gone and henderson, Adam I do not rate and never have but he and the other two are there for now.
      It’s easy to say Suarez has been missed which I agree but even with him in the team we are not scoring goals and that is our problem. I do not agree with skirtel before cara though and johnson has got to learn that he is ours and Englands so called first choice left back. Umm hello what is going on there the guy can go forward excellent but he cannot defend.
      Lose faith at the end of the season. YNWA

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