Result: Liverpool 2 Bolton 0

Premier League – January 30 2010 – Result

Liverpool 2 (Kuyt, K Davies og) Bolton 0

A shot from Emliano Insua was deflected into the net after 70 minutes to put Liverpool 2-0 up and to end Bolton’s hopes of snatching a point from this game. The Reds had continued where they left off in the first half, creating numerous chances and keeping Bolton under pressure. Dirk Kuyt had got the opener on 37 minutes.

More later…

Liverpool: 25 Reina, 23 Carragher, 37 Skrtel, 16 Kyrgiakos, 22 Insua, 20 Mascherano, 4 Aquilani (21 Lucas, 65), 18 Kuyt, 8 Gerrard, 11 Riera (17 Maxi 74), 24 Ngog (19 Babel, 84)
Unused subs: 1 Cavalieri, 5 Agger, 32 Darby, 47 Pacheco
Booked: Mascherano 32
Goals: Kuyt 37, K Davies (og) 70

Bolton: 22 Jaaskelainen, 5 Cahill, 12 Knight, 15 Steinsson, 18 Ricketts, 6 Muamba (9 Elmander, 78), 7 Taylor (40 Weiss, 65), 16 M Davies, 21 Cohen (11 Gardner, 60), 27 Lee, 14 K Davies
Subs: 26 Al Habsi, 4 Robinson, 31 O’Brien, 32 Wilshere

Booked: M Davies 13, Lee 44, Knight 86

Referee: Steve Bennett

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Half-time: Liverpool 1 (Kuyt) Bolton 0

Liverpool go into the break at Anfield a goal up against Bolton thanks to Dirk Kuyt’s effort on 37 minutes.

Liverpool have come out to attack and have dominated for most of the first half, although Bolton have looked dangerous on the counter-attack.

The goal came after 37 minutes, Emiliano Insua – impressive going forward today – crossing the ball into the danger area where it was met by the head of Alberto Aquilani to set up the Dutchman for his third goal in three games.

Steven Gerrard has been showing signs of getting back to his usual self in a Liverpool side that has fought for every ball. Bolton are clearly working better together since their change of manager and with the scoreline at 1-0 this is going to be another nervous second half unless the Reds can get another.

Chung-Yong Lee has been impressive for Bolton, almost scoring after 25 minutes when he dribbled from the half-way line past a number of Reds including goalkeeper Pepe Reina, but his shot was cleared off the line by Kyrgiakos and Liverpool survived the scare. He looked dangerous right up to the stroke of half-time but then let himself down by diving in the box under a little pressure from Alberto Aquilani. Steve Bennett booked him for the dive, the third yellow card of the half.

It goes without saying that Liverpool have to try and turn the domination into another goal in the second half to ensure that counter-attack threat from Bolton doesn’t turn the game against Liverpool.

Half-time: Liverpool 1 Bolton 0.

Liverpool: 25 Reina, 23 Carragher, 37 Skrtel, 16 Kyrgiakos, 22 Insua, 20 Mascherano, 4 Aquilani, 18 Kuyt, 8 Gerrard, 11 Riera, 24 Ngog
Subs: 1 Cavalieri, 5 Agger, 32 Darby, 17 Maxi, 21 Lucas, 19 Babel, 47 Pacheco
Booked: Mascherano 32
Goal: Kuyt 37

Bolton: 22 Jaaskelainen, 5 Cahill, 12 Knight, 15 Steinsson, 18 Ricketts, 6 Muamba, 7 Taylor, 16 M Davies, 21 Cohen, 27 Lee, 14 K Davies
Subs: 26 Al Habsi, 4 Robinson, 31 O’Brien, 11 Gardner, 32 Wilshere, 40 Weiss, 9 Elmander
Booked: M Davies 13, Lee 44

Referee: Steve Bennett

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Rumours earlier in the week that Rafa Benitez had already taken the Juventus job were soon denied and although the manager spoke yesterday of being flattered by the interest from Turin he made it clear he had unfinished business here. What he also made clear was that he expects the business side of the club to pull their fingers out and get the finance that they’ve been chasing for so long. That finance would allow the new stadium to finally get underway and would maybe also remove the need to sell before buying new players or improving contracts for existing players.

As has been the case all season, Benitez has to choose from a squad depleted by injury for today’s visit of Bolton which today means that Jamie Carragher again plays at right-back. That’s no bad thing because it means Skrtel and Kyrgiakos again play together in the centre of defence, their performances in recent games providing some much-needed solidity for the Reds. Emiliano Insua starts again at left-back.

There’ll no doubt be some sarcastic cheers from certain elements of the support with Lucas dropped to the bench to accomodate both Alberto Aquilani and Steven Gerrard from the off, one of whom will partner Mascherano in midfield, the other – probably Gerrard – likely to play further forward.

David Ngog starts in the Fernando Torres position – Torres out after having knee surgery – and will be supported by Albert Riera and Dirk Kuyt.

Arguably the club’s most vital player these days, Pepe Reina is of course in goal.

Maxi drops back to the bench alongside Babel and Pacheco, with Darby and Agger providing defensive cover should it be required.

Bolton will be up for this match too with a new manager in place and only just above the relegation places.

The referee is Steve Bennett, well-known to Liverpool fans for all the wrong reasons.

Liverpool: 25 Reina, 23 Carragher, 37 Skrtel, 16 Kyrgiakos, 22 Insua, 20 Mascherano, 4 Aquilani, 18 Kuyt, 8 Gerrard, 11 Riera, 24 Ngog
Subs: 1 Cavalieri, 5 Agger, 32 Darby, 17 Maxi, 21 Lucas, 19 Babel, 47 Pacheco

Bolton: 22 Jaaskelainen, 5 Cahill, 12 Knight, 15 Steinsson, 18 Ricketts, 6 Muamba, 7 Taylor, 16 M Davies, 21 Cohen, 27 Lee, 14 K Davies
Subs: 26 Al Habsi, 4 Robinson, 31 O’Brien, 11 Gardner, 32 Wilshere, 40 Weiss, 9 Elmander

Referee: Steve Bennett