Premier League

August 27, 2011



3 - 1

Bolton Wanderers

Premier League

16:30 +00:00, August 27, 2011

Anfield, England

Referee: Lee Probert

  • 92'

    FULL TIME Liverpool run out comfortable and worthy winners with goals from Henderson, Skrtel and Adam. Klasnic's consolation goal is of absolutely zero significance.

  • 91'

    GOAL Klasnic with the most meaningless of goals. Poor defending from Carragher, gives the ball to Petrov who advances. Carragher recovers to stop Petrov, but the ball rolls to Klasnic who sweeps home.

  • 90'


  • 89'

    Yet another fantastic cross into the box, this time from the tireless Enrique. His cross is just too long for Kuyt.

  • 87'

    Downing gets the better of Steinsson once again, cutting inside the full-back and blazing a shot way over the crossbar.

  • 85'

    Free-kick to Liverpool, Reo-Coker bringing down his former Villa team-mate Downing.

  • 84'

    The cross is woeful. Over-hit and of no danger to Liverpool.

  • 83'

    A corner to Bolton, Enrique heading behind Petrov's cross.

  • 82'

    A hideous miscue from Steinsson, who scuffs a pass straight out of play. Bolton can't wait for this one to be over.

  • 80'

    Carroll swivels and fires off a left-foot shot. It's poor though, and well wide.

  • 79'

    Bedlam in the Bolton defence. Andy Carroll rag-dolls his way through several challenges before finding Skrtel, who is for some reason on the edge of the penalty area. The Slovakian tries to get a shot off, but is crowded out.

  • 78'

    Stewart Downing with a fantastic cross which narrowly evades Carroll.

  • 77'

    Andy Carroll has roughly 15 minutes to make an impression on this match. It would have been good to see him and Suarez together.

  • 76'

    Maxi Rodriguez and Andy Carroll on for Jordan Henderson and Luis Suarez

  • 75'

    Luis Suarez is about to combust. The Uruguayan is feeling particularly hard done by and wants a penalty for Paul Robinson's sliding tackle on him. It looked like a foul, but replays show Robinson got the ball.

  • 74'

    Daniel Agger is becoming very involved in an attacking sense at the moment, finding himself near the corner flag with only Suarez for support. Nothing comes of his attempted cross.

  • 72'

    Luis Suarez is beside himself. He wants a free-kick for a blatant pass-back, Jaaskelainen picked up Robinson's pass. Unbelievably, none of the official's spot it and play continues.

  • 71'

    Darren Prattley on for Kevin Davies

  • 70'

    Daniel Agger is clearly bored of having little to do, charging forward and unleashing a right-foot shot from the edge of the area. Predictably, it's terrible and clears the crossbar comfortably.

  • 69'

    Excellent play from Jose Enrique, dispossessing Tuncay and playing in Suarez. The striker thinks he's away, but the flag is up.

  • 68'

    Liverpool showing that they will be serious top four contenders this season. Maybe not good enough to catch the top teams, but they will be in the mix-up for Champions League places.

  • 66'

    Bolton's best opening of the match. Klasnic reacting quickest to Robinson's deflected cross. The Croat's shot is again deflected, and easy for Reina to collect.

  • 65'

    Will Kenny Dalglish consider making a few changes now the game is all but won?

  • 64'

    Suarez is desperate for a goal, after being fed by Kuyt he tries to spin away from Cahill but his touch is just too heavy. Furious with himself, he kicks the air.

  • 64'

    As with every other Bolton attack, it comes to nothing. It's not their day today.

  • 63'

    Bolton have a corner, Agger closing down a shot...

  • 62'

    A nasty incident for Skrtel, who is accidentally caught by the studs of Martin Petrov as he makes a slide tackle.

  • 61'

    Suarez is furious with Henderson, who fails to see the Uruguayan's run through the centre of the pitch.

  • 60'

    Zat Knight holds off Stewart Downing as he tries to get beyond Bolton's defence.

  • 59'

    A mark of Bolton's desperation, Kevin Davies attempts a dribble 25-yards from goal. Owen Coyle's men are out of ideas.

  • 58'

    Bolton clear the corner but they remain under pressure. In the end, Skrtel heads Agger's deep cross into Jaaskelainen. Bolton are firmly on the back foot now.

  • 57'

    A quick one-two between Suarez and Downing releases the winger, his right-foot shot is deflected behind for a corner.

  • 56'

    Tuncay on for Chris Eagles

  • 55'

    Suarez nearly makes it 4-0. More fantastic approach play from Liverpool, Kuyt dinks it through to Suarez, who rounds Jaaskelainen, but the angle is too tight and his shot hits the side-netting.

  • 54'

    A blitz early in the second half has surely sealed victory for Liverpool. This could be a rout now...

  • 53'

    Liverpool have never won a match in which Martin Skrtel has scored. That may change tonight...

  • 52'

    GOAL Charlie Adam makes it three! Liverpool are rampant. Kuyt tees up Adam, who skips beyond Reo-Coker and hits a low shot between Knight's legs and beyond Jaaskelainen's right hand.

  • 51'

    GOAL Martin Skrtel doubles Liverpool's lead! Charlie Adam's delivery is spot on, Skrtel gets away from Zat Knight and powers his header beyond Jaaskelainen.

  • 50'

    Liverpool with their tales up now, Charlie Adam's drive is blocked by Steinsson and it's a corner...

  • 49'

    More neat play from Liverpool involving Downing, Adam and Henderson. The latter's cross for Suarez is expertly hooked away by Cahill.

  • 48'

    Ivan Klasnic in the book for a rash lunge at Lucas.

  • 47'

    Dirk Kuyt wastes an excellent opportunity to break. His pass to Downing is easily intercepted.

  • 46'

    Immediately there is a huge penalty shout for Suarez, Zat Knight sliding in as he advances towards the byline. Correctly a spot-kick is not awarded, but the referee really should have carded Suarez for simulation there.

  • 45'


  • 45'

    The teams are coming out for the second half, time for the restart.

  • 45'

    Liverpool have impressed, with Steven Gerrard still injured. When he returns they will have fantastic strength in depth in centre midfield.

  • 45'

    Bolton have struggled to get into the game. Their starting midfield pairing of Reo-Coker and Muamba lacked creativity, with the latter making way for Mark Davies.

  • 45'

    Great stuff at times from Liverpool in the opening period, with Jordan Henderson's goal a delightful effort.

  • 45'

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  • 45'

    HALF TIME Jordan Henderson's first goal for Liverpool is the difference between the two sides at the break.

  • 45'


  • 44'

    The free-kick from a tight angle hits the wall and gives Liverpool a corner. The corner is then gathered confidently by Jaaskelainen.

  • 43'

    Steinsson is the first player in the book for his handball.

  • 42'

    Downing is screaming for a penalty, he tried to knock the ball past Steinsson he seemed to block with his hand. A free-kick is awarded right on the edge of the area.

  • 41'

    Foul against Kevin Davies, backing into the defender.

  • 40'

    Liverpool have looked good so far, playing some very attractive stuff.

  • 39'

    At the other end, Kuyt goes close and it looked like his shot from a narrow angle had forced Jaaskelainen to tip the ball over the bar. Goal kick given.

  • 38'

    A mazy dribble from substitute Mark Davies, evading several challenges before squeezing a low shot on goal. It doesn't trouble Reina, but it was encouraging from the midfielder.

  • 37'

    The Uruguayan centre-back Sebastian Coates is in the stands, presumably very close to sealing his move to Liverpool.

  • 35'

    No injury to Fabrice Muamba reported, a tactical change from Owen Coyle. An abrupt end to Muamba's 150th Premier League game.

  • 34'

    Dirk Kuyt scuffs a volley towards goal after appearing to push Zat Knight. The referee waved play on and Jaaskelainen made a comfortable save.

  • 33'

    Cahill got to the cross first, his diving header bounces towards Steinsson who can't react quick enough to turn it goalwards.

  • 32'

    Reina punching a long ball away for a corner...

  • 31'

    From the corner, Kevin Davies sends his header high over the bar.

  • 30'

    Skrtel straight into the action, putting the ball behind as Petrov attacks...

  • 29'

    Martin Kelly's injury woes continue. The youngster is struggling to get a run of games.

  • 28'

    Martin Skrtel on for Martin Kelly

  • 27'

    A stoppage in play as Martin Kelly is treated. The full-back has had terrible injury problems.

  • 26'

    Fabrice Muamba's withdrawal is an odd one. I'n not sure whether it was an injury or tactical.

  • 25'

    Mark Davies on for Fabrice Muamba

  • 23'

    Just as I type, Suarez wastes a glorious opportunity. Released by Henderson, Suarez is one-on-one with the goalkeeper and over-hits his chip over Jaaskelainen.

  • 22'

    Suarez is on fire for Liverpool at the moment. The former Ajax star is behind everything good Liverpool are producing.

  • 21'

    It should be 2-0 to Liverpool. Jordan Henderson finds space and produces an excellent cross which Kuyt can only prod wide from six-yards out. The Reds are on top at the minute.

  • 20'

    Suarez is close to firing a shot on goal after a fine lofted ball from Adam. Suarez is just unable to bring the ball under control and Jaaskelainen reacts.

  • 19'

    Suarez again involved as he plays Downing away, the England man's low cross is intercepted before it reaches Kuyt. Charlie Adam the attempts a drive which swerves wide.

  • 18'

    Cahill connects with the delivery, but his scuffed volley is eventually cleared by Liverpool.

  • 17'

    Martin Petrov stings the palms of Pepe Reina with a stunning volley from Chris Eagles' deep cross. Corner to Bolton...

  • 16'

    Bolton look to respond immediately, Steinsson's cross looks for Davies but the Bolton captain is beaten in the air.

  • 14'

    GOAL Henderson with his first goal for Liverpool! Suarez curls an outstanding cross behind the Bolton defence, with only Jaaskelainen's fine save keeping out Downing's volley. From the rebound, Kuyt feeds Henderson and he curls a delight effort beyond the Bolton keeper.

  • 13'

    Klasnic with a poor final pass as Bolton looked to break, he had Fabrice Muamba and Davies in support.

  • 12'

    Almost a glimpse at goal for Suarez, trying to latch onto Kuyt's flick but Knight is alert to the danger.

  • 11'

    A vital block by Gary Cahill, getting a foot to Suarez's pass as he looked to set Downing away down the left.

  • 10'

    Bolton will be satisfied with the opening 10 minutes, although Downing probably should have given Liverpool the lead.

  • 8'

    A lively start to this match, both teams are looking to press forward with Liverpool on top.

  • 7'

    Agger tries to connect with Adam's delivery, but the cross is just too long.

  • 7'

    Liverpool launch an immediate counter-attack as the corner is cleared, Henderson frees Downing who races clear on goal. Jaaskelainen is out quick to smother at the winger's feet. Corner...

  • 6'

    Bolton's corner this time, an excellent forward run from Petrov forcing Liverpool to turn it behind...

  • 5'

    The initial delivery is cleared. As a cross is lofted back in Jaaskelainen rises about Kuyt to gather.

  • 5'

    Liverpool corner, Downing's low cross cut out...

  • 4'

    Suarez shows great tenacity take the ball of Steinsson, but the Uruguayan goes down too easily and loses posession.

  • 3'

    Charlie Adam fires the set piece into wall. A waste.

  • 2'

    Liverpool free kick in a dangerous position, Suarez bursting forward before being brought down...

  • 1'

    A positive start, Jordan Henderson wins a throw-in deep in Bolton territory.




    The teams are in the tunnel, we're moments from kick-off.


    Bolton partner Ivan Klasnic and Kevin Davies up front, Tuncay is among the substitutes.


    Luis Suarez starts for the home team, with Andy Carroll on the bench. Dirk Kuyt starts for Liverpool.


    The final Premier League clash of Saturday sees Bolton travel to Anfield to face Liverpool.


    Live commentary will appear here from 1730 BST.