Bolton Win Takes Liverpool Top Of The Table
|Henderson scores his first Liverpool goal...|
Of course this could all change within a few hours but let's enjoy it ay?!
With three different goalscorers yesterday and Suarez not even on the score sheet, it was a sublime 90 minutes at Anfield for Dalglish's boys. The passing was flowing beautifully, Lucas was a monstrous shield to his defence and the back four when required were solid themselves.
Liverpool took just fifteen minutes to get their first goal. A stunning outside boot pass from Luis Suarez caused problems in the box, Stewart Downing's shot was saved by Jaaskelainen but the ball was not yet out of danger for Bolton.
Jordon Henderson was at the ready and a lovely strike on his left foot got him his first Liverpool goal.
I must say Henderson out of the three big new signings in midfield has perhaps been the one less involved in peoples conversations, because of the immediate impact of Downing and Adam, people were forgetting to praise the stints put in by the 21 year old. It was great yesterday to see him so ecstatic to grab his first goal at Anfield and i can see him turning into a bit of a fan favourite, a top performance all round from Henderson.
Liverpool were going strong when they were hit with an injury on the half hour mark. Martin Kelly had to be replaced with Martin Skrtel who was put into the right back position. Most thought Carragher would be pushed out and Skrtel would pop into the centre but how wrong were we?
Second half and Martin Skrtel's almost worrying amount of time spent in the opposition's half would pay off. The big man who was in the mix on the flank before the corner was given, got himself in the box as Charlie Adam placed the ball down next to the flag.
One thing Adam knows how to do is whip a good ball into the box and Martin Skrtel snapped up the chance to head home Liverpool's second. Skrtel isn't exactly a prolific goalscorer so Bolton can't have been too pleased with their marking from the corner.
The choice from Dalglish to play Skrtel at right back though instead of Carragher was a great decision. Carragher as we all know will do anything he is asked to the best of his ability, but when he does have to play on the right, as much as he tries, he struggles to get up the field. Skrtel on the other hand was in his element, it was fantastic to see him with so much determination.
Bolton throughout the first half were really struggling. Owen Coyle has revamped the Northern side i feel and it just didn't show yesterday. The belief just wasn't there, even Kevin Davies who ended up being subbed and is usually so vital in a Bolton performance was pretty much absent.
Someone i would note is Zat Knight, despite a few mistakes, gave his all for Bolton yesterday and made some good blocks and tackles, it's just a shame the rest of his defence didn't follow suit.
The Reds' third goal came shortly after Skrtel's header and this time it was Charlie Adam's turn to get his name on the score sheet. A powerful shot from outside the box left Jaaskelainen with no chance of stopping Liverpool's third.
Dalglish brought on Carroll for the immense Suarez at 75 minutes. The Uruguayan did everything but score in his time on the pitch and chased down lost causes time after time, what a player this man is!
Carroll if i am perfectly honest looked a bit lazy to me in his fifteen minutes. Two balls into the area spring to mind when usually he'd stick a foot out, he barely moved. Nevertheless i still think once he gets into top gear we'll see a fair few headers from the Geordie. Maxi Rodriguez also entered the fray and replaced Henderson.
Bolton managed to get themselves a consolation goal in extra time. This was quite annoying for me, i personally don't think they deserved it and after working so hard for the clean sheet the defence and Reina must have been gutted.
Klasnic was the man for Bolton, again someone usually so influential was pretty quiet for 90 minutes but his close range effort was enough to grab Bolton their sole goal.
Next up for Liverpool is a trip to Stoke, a tough game in the Britannia's atmosphere but after the Reds performances' of late, i feel confident.