• Date: Sat 30 January 2010
  • Venue: Anfield
  • Ref: Bennett, S
  • Attendance: 43,413

Liverpool vs Bolton Wanderers

Team Lineups


Jose Manuel Reina
Sotirios Kyrgiakos
Emiliano Insua
Jamie Carragher
Martin Skrtel
Alberto Aquilani (Leiva Lucas, 66)
Steven Gerrard
Albert Riera (Maximiliano Maxi Rodriguez, 74)
Javier Mascherano
Dirk Kuyt
David N'Gog (Ryan Babel, 84)

Bolton Wanderers

Jussi Jaaskelainen
Gary Cahill
Zat Knight
Gretar Steinsson
Sam Ricketts
Fabrice Muamba (Johan Elmander, 78)
Matt Taylor (Vladimir Weiss, 66)
Mark Davies, M
Tamir Cohen (Ricardo Gardner, 60)
Chung-Yong Lee
Kevin Davies, K

Match Report
Dirk Kuyt's first-half strike and a Kevin Davies own goal fired Liverpool to a 2-0 victory against Bolton as Rafa Benitez's side kept the heat on the top four. Kuyt bundled home from close range in the 37th minute before Davies unwittingly diverted Emiliano Insua's woeful shot into his own net 20 minutes from time. All this came after Bolton had started positively and almost grabbed the lead in the fourth minute. Sam Ricketts headed down into the box and Tamir Cohen was left unmarked but, as he was about to fire towards goal, Jose Reina got down to block. Lone Liverpool striker David N'Gog then tested Jussi Jaaskelainen before Ricketts cleared his header from an Alberto Aquilani corner. Insua's cross was then inches away from Kuyt's outstretched boot before Bolton came close at the other end on the half-hour. South Korean winger Chung-Yong Lee embarked on a mazy run from halfway before rounding Reina only for Sotirios Kyrgiakos to get back and clear the danger. But eight minutes before the break the Reds were in front when Aquilani nodded down Insua's cross and Kuyt scrambled the ball in from four yards. And the mood of Wanderers boss Owen Coyle got worse just before the break when Lee went down under Insua's challenge but was harshly booked for diving by referee Steve Bennett. N'Gog blew a golden chance to make it 2-0 eight minutes after the break when he somehow fired a shot against the woodwork after Jaaskelainen had saved Steven Gerrard's shot. On the hour Jaaskelainen beat out a fierce Gerrard drive but he could nothing about Liverpool's second 20 minutes from time. Insua's 25-yard shot was heading harmlessly wide until it hit Davies and flew beyond the reach of the Bolton shot-stopper. Substitute Ryan Babel fired over in the closing stages and Maxi Rodriguez came within inches of sliding in Insua's cross for his first goal for the club but the damage had already been done.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

Ref blows for full time and Liverpool take the points, which they deserve after bossing the game for the last 30 minutes.


Gerrard is 'fouled' again but the ref sees it another way much to the amazement of the England star.


Shots rain in on the Bolton goal but the visitors' defence stands firm as the end of the match draws near.


Insua's cross evades everyone - another superb centre from out wide.


Gerrard swings in a superb free-kick but Lucas heads over from three yards out - should have done better.

Yellow Card

Knight goes into the book for his challenge.


Zat Knight hauls down Gerrard as the match draws to a close.


Ryan Babel comes on to replace Ngog for the hosts.


Bolton are still going for it which is bound to leave gaps in the visitors' defence for Liverpool to exploit.


Lucas tries to find Kuyt on the break but his pass ends up going out of play much to the frustration of the home fans.


Muamba makes way for Elmander.


Kuyt strolls into the box but his driven cross is hooked behind for a corner.


Skrtel is penalised for bringing down Gardner but his free-kick drifts out of play.


Maxi Rodriguez comes on for Liverpool as Riera exits the action.


Kevin Davies is credited with an own goal after Insua's long-range effort hits the striker and wrong-foots Jaaskelainen.


Gerrard is starting to assert his authority on the game now as Liverpool press for that second goal.


Bolton make second substitution with Vladimir Weiss replacing Taylor.


Lucas comes on for Aquilani for Liverpool.


Gerrard shoots from distance and his powerful effort is turned round the corner by Jaaskelainen.


Taylor and Kyrgiakos are involved in a bit of 'handbags' but the ref takes no action.


Cohen is replaced by Ricardo Gardner for Bolton.


Cahill defends well as the Reds up the pressure towards the hour mark with Ngog becoming more and more involved.


Liverpool have upped their game but the miss from Ngog means that the visitors are still in this game.


Riera wins the ball before firing a speculative shot into the stands from a tight angle.


N'Gog's shot somehow hits the crossbar when it seemed easier to score - dreadful miss with the goal at his mercy.


Lacklustre start by the home side in the second period with Bolton more than holding their own.


Corner to Bolton which Reina punches and the ball finally goes behind for a goal kick.

Second half

Whistle goes for the start of the second half with the fans hoping for an improvement in the standard of play.

Half time

Ref blows for half time with Kuyt's goal the highlight of a poor first half from both sides.


Lee continues his excellent first half with a superb cross but Taylor could only head the ball into the side netting.

Yellow Card

Lee is yellow-carded for diving as Aquilani appears to tangle with the Bolton man in the Reds' box.


Lee begins another of his runs but Mascherano is there to stop the threat.


Ngog's curling effort is easily claimed by the Bolton keeper.


Kuyt scuffs the ball into the net off Cahill following a great cross by Insua and a header back across the goal by Aquilani.


Ngog shoots from a tight angle and Jaaskelainen saves easily but carries the ball over for a corner - which Bolton clear.


Ngog finding Gerrard who looks for Kuyt with a back-heel but Knight intercepts well.

Yellow Card

Javier Mascherano puts in a crunching tackle on Mark Davies and the referee shows him a yellow card.


Kuyt shoots from distance but his effort is high, wide and not so handsome.


Kuyt's cross is put out for a throw in but the resulting attack comes to nothing as the home fans begin to show their frustration.


A superb run by Lee sees the Bolton man through on goal but, after rounding the keeper, his shot is cleared off the line by Kyrgiakos.


Riera finds Insua out wide but his superb cross finds Kuyt flapping at air in the box for Liverpool.


Insua gets the ball from a corner but his attempted shot is sliced well wide of the target.


Aquilani is penalised for a soft foul on Mark Davies right on the edge of the Bolton area.


Reina chases out of his box to clear a long ball and easily deals with the threat.

Yellow Card

Mark Davies is booked for not retreating 10 yards.


Gerrard's back-heel finds Ngog but he shoots straight at Jussi Jaaskelainen from a tight angle.


The heads go up following a Liverpool corner but the ball is cleared.


GerrardÂ’s corner is dealt with by the Bolton defence and Dirk Kuyt then commits a needless foul to relieve the pressure on the Bolton goal.


Matt Taylor crosses from out wide but his effort is easily caught by the Liverpool keeper.


A mistake in the Liverpool defence almost lets in Tamir Cohen but Reina is out in time to smother the chance.


The referee has blown the whistle to start the game at Anfield.