Bolton 3-1 Liverpool – Reds Run Ragged by Trotters

By Jonathan Carroll.

Liverpool were well beaten in the late kickoff Saturday by a Bolton side who held the worst home record in English football except for a team in the Blue Square Conference. This should have been an automatic three points for the reds but instead they were lethargic from the start, lacked any sort of creativity and were devoid of a defensive midfielder who could distribute the ball smartly as well as break up any attacks the opposition created. Lucas Leiva will be welcomed back but many of the starting eleven today may not.

Mark Davies had Bolton one goal up inside five minutes after parting the Liverpool defence in a fashion that Moses would have been proud of. Maxi Rodriguez fluffed a good chance when a cross dropped on his left side. Bolton extended their lead when Nigel Reo Coker was given the freedom of the Liverpool eighteen yard box to fire home. With the alarm bells now ringing loud and clear Liverpool finally had some urgency. Craig Bellamy is the only Liverpool player who can be credited with a “performance” at the Reebok stadium. In your face he may be but I’d rather a player fight than roll over in games like these. Unfortunately there were too many other players wearing red with the same intensity as the Welshman. Andy Carroll’s flick on was taken in stride by Bellamy on thirty-seven minutes who finished past Bogdan to make it 2-1.

With refreshed hope the five thousand strong traveling Kop will have hoped that Kenny Dalglish’s half time speech would do the trick. That hope was firmly dashed inside of five minutes after the restart when Bolton’s right back, Steinsson volleyed home a knock down from David Wheather as Liverpool looked all at sea. Daniel Agger would later strike the crossbar with a rasping drive from twenty-five yards out and Craig Bellamy would continue to be the hub of all things positive for Liverpool.

Indeed, it’s quite a worry that the free transfer from Manchester City has so far this season out performed the big buys of Stewart Downing, Andy Carroll, Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam, the latter being quite atrocious on the ball as well as looking positionally lost alongside Steven Gerrard in the central midfield pairing. Kenny Dalglish faces a complex problem of how to get the best from his misfiring recruits, especially given that confidence will be low following the weekend.

A tough week lays ahead for the redmen with Manchester City visiting Anfield on Wednesday in the second leg of the Carling Cup and Manchester United making the trip down the M62 to Anfield the following Saturday for the FA fourth round game. This week will make or break Liverpool’s season or indeed the future of certain players.

Bolton

3-1

Liverpool

FT

  • M Davies 4
  • Reo-Coker 29
  • Steinsson 50
  • Bellamy 37

Bolton

  • 01 Bogdan
  • 02 Steinsson
  • 12 Knight
  • 18 Ricketts
  • 31 Wheater
  • 06 Muamba
  • 07 Eagles (Tuncay 90+1)
  • 10 Petrov
  • 16 M Davies
  • 19 Reo-Coker
  • 24 Ngog (K Davies 88)

Substitutes

  • 43 Lynch,
  • 25 Boyata,
  • 39 Riley,
  • 21 Pratley,
  • 09 Tuncay,
  • 14 K Davies,
  • 36 O’Halloran

Liverpool

  • 25 Reina – 5
  • 02 Johnson – 4
  • 03 Jose Enrique (yellow card) – 4
  • 05 Agger – 5
  • 37 Skrtel – 4
  • 08 Gerrard – 5
  • 11 Maxi – 5 (Kuyt 64-yellow card)*
  • 14 Henderson – 4
  • 26 Adam – 3 (Downing 64)*
  • 09 Carroll – 5
  • 39 Bellamy – 7

Substitutes

  • 32 Doni,
  • 16 Coates,
  • 23 Carragher,
  • 34 Kelly,
  • 19 Downing,
  • 33 Shelvey,
  • 18 Kuyt

Referee: Kevin Friend

Attendance: 26,854

*Players must play at least thirty minutes to be rated.

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