Reds unchanged for trip to Bolton

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has named an unchanged line-up for today’s visit to the Reebok stadium and another vital game in a season that has seen the Reds win just twice in the Premier League.
Bolton v Liverpool
It’s 442 days since Roy won a league game away from home, a record that stretches back to his time as boss of Fulham, but today’s trip to Bolton has to be seen as a good opportunity to end that run.

Last week’s win at home to Blackburn must have brought a massive boost to the confidence of a squad that seemed to have forgotten which end of the table it should have been battling at. Much of the good work from that win has been overshadowed by speculation about the futures of key players and a week of quotes from Hodgson that have added to the fans’ discontent about his start to the season.

Without showing any disrespect to a Bolton side eight places above Liverpool in the table, at a ground where the Reds haven’t always enjoyed the fixtures, this game should see Liverpool take all three points.

Last weekend’s win was against a team now managed by Sam Allardyce, who of course made his name in management at this ground before a spell at Newcastle United that set them on the road to relegation. Bolton’s manager nowadays is the former Burnley boss Owen Coyle who succeeded Gary Megson in January.

Liverpool are only three points behind Bolton and could leapfrog Bolton in the table with a win of three clear goals or more. Depending on the result today’s North East derby that kind of win would see Liverpool in tenth, at least until Blackpool play West Brom.

Defeat would see the Reds drop one place to nineteenth, a draw would see them remain in the relegation zone, in eighteenth.

First goalscorer odds:
Torres: 4/1
N’Gog, Elmander: 13/2
Gerrard, Davies, Klasnic: 7/1
Kyrgiakos: 25/1
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Win/Draw/Lose odds:
Bolton win: 11/5
Draw:  11/5
Liverpool: 13/10
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Teams:

Bolton: 22 Jaaskelainen, 2 Steinsson, 4 Robinson, 5 Cahill, 12 Knight, 6 Muamba, 7 Taylor, 8 Holden, 27 Lee, 9 Elmander, 14 Davies
Subs: 1 Bogdan, 18 Ricketts, 16 Davies, 21 Cohen, 17 Klasnic, 19 Moreno, 20 Blake

Liverpool: 25 Reina, 3 Konchesky, 16 Kyrgiakos, 23 Carragher, 37 Skrtel, 4 Raul Meireles, 8 Gerrard, 10 Cole, 17 Maxi, 21 Lucas, 9 Torres
Subs: 41 Hansen, 34 Kelly, 26 Spearing, 28 C Poulsen, 33 Shelvey, 14 Jovanovic, 24 Ngog

Kick-off: 4pm GMT

2 thoughts on “Reds unchanged for trip to Bolton”

  1. Big win today, bring on Chelsea next week where a win could prove a massive turning point and confidence booster for the rest of the season.

    Anfield will be a cauldron of noise and that could prove vital.

    A win would also take a lot of pressure off the players and the manager – who in my opinion Jim, is being shown an incredible lack of support in relation to Benitez & Houllier.

    I have always been sceptical about the supposed detrimental effect of boardroom activity, but is it a co-incidence that Liverpool have picked up since the ownership situation has been resolved?

    A player at a club with an ownership crisis is more likely to hide behind this issue; now the players don’t have this buffer and instead may be weary of being shown the door after new signings in January.

    Five points from a Champions League place now.

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