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The referee ends the match.
Ivan Klasnic takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.
Joe Cole grabs a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Liverpool 2-1 Bolton.
Unfair challenge on Leiva Lucas by Fabrice Muamba results in a free kick. Leiva Lucas restarts play with the free kick.
Shot from just outside the box by Steven Gerrard misses to the right of the goal.
Daniel Agger leaves the field to be replaced by Sotirios Kyrgiakos. Fabio Aurelio takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Zat Knight.
The ball is sent over by Dirk Kuyt, Ivan Klasnic makes a clearance.
Ivan Klasnic takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
Centre by Glen Johnson, save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Marcos Alonso sends in a cross, save by Jose Reina.
The offside flag is raised against Joe Cole. Indirect free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
The ball is crossed by Martin Petrov, Headed effort on goal by Ivan Klasnic from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Martin Petrov from the right by-line to the near post, save by Jose Reina.
Martin Skrtel concedes a free kick for a foul on Ivan Klasnic. Marcos Alonso takes the free kick.
Joe Cole replaces David Ngog. Martin Petrov joins the action as a substitute, replacing Matthew Taylor. David Ngog sends in a cross, clearance made by Mark Davies. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Leiva Lucas played to the near post, clearance by Kevin Davies. Shot from just outside the box by Steven Gerrard goes over the crossbar.
Fabio Aurelio crosses the ball, Matthew Taylor makes a clearance.
Fernando Torres crosses the ball, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Centre by Fabio Aurelio, Mark Davies makes a clearance.
Mark Davies takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Johan Elmander.
The ball is crossed by Glen Johnson, Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
Matthew Taylor booked. Matthew Taylor concedes a free kick for a foul on Glen Johnson. Free kick crossed by Fabio Aurelio, clearance made by Gary Cahill.
The ball is sent over by Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
A cross is delivered by Steven Gerrard, Zat Knight manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Leiva Lucas, Fabrice Muamba gets a block in. Corner taken left-footed by Fabio Aurelio, clearance made by Kevin Davies.
The ball is crossed by Fernando Torres.
Ivan Klasnic comes on in place of Rodrigo Moreno.
Kevin Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Leiva Lucas. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Agger.
David Ngog takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Cahill. Effort on goal by Steven Gerrard from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.
Matthew Taylor produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.
Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
The ball is swung over by Glen Johnson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Rodrigo Moreno on Glen Johnson. Free kick taken by Martin Skrtel.
Unfair challenge on Marcos Alonso by Dirk Kuyt results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
The ball is crossed by Fabio Aurelio, clearance by Zat Knight.
Corner taken by Steven Gerrard played to the near post, Johan Elmander manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Davies by Dirk Kuyt. Free kick crossed left-footed by Matthew Taylor, Steven Gerrard manages to make a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken by Matthew Taylor, clearance made by Dirk Kuyt.
Marcos Alonso is booked. Marcos Alonso gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dirk Kuyt. Fabio Aurelio takes the direct free kick, Header from deep inside the area by Dirk Kuyt goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Gary Cahill challenges Fernando Torres unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Fabio Aurelio, Samuel Ricketts manages to make a clearance.
Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Fernando Torres goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Corner taken by Matthew Taylor, save by Jose Reina.
Fernando Torres finds the back of the net with a goal from close in to the top left corner of the goal. Liverpool 1-1 Bolton.The assist for the goal came from Steven Gerrard.
The official flags Leiva Lucas offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free kick.
Dirk Kuyt fouled by Marcos Alonso, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.
Foul by Kevin Davies on Leiva Lucas, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Fabio Aurelio.
The ball is delivered by Johan Elmander, clearance made by Martin Skrtel.
The second half kicks off.
The half-time whistle blows.
Leiva Lucas booked for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for a foul by Leiva Lucas on Fabrice Muamba. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Fernando Torres by Gary Cahill results in a free kick. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
David Ngog fouled by Samuel Ricketts, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Steven Gerrard, Zat Knight makes a clearance. Leiva Lucas produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Fabio Aurelio receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Kevin Davies scores a headed goal from close in. Liverpool 0-1 Bolton.Foul by Fabio Aurelio on Johan Elmander, free kick awarded. Assist on the goal came from Matthew Taylor.
Marcos Alonso fouled by David Ngog, the ref awards a free kick. Matthew Taylor crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Daniel Agger.
Centre by Matthew Taylor, Fabio Aurelio makes a clearance.
David Ngog takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Rodrigo Moreno crosses the ball, Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Steven Gerrard, clearance made by Zat Knight.
Steven Gerrard fouled by Mark Davies, the ref awards a free kick. Martin Skrtel takes the direct free kick.
The ball is delivered by Dirk Kuyt, Rodriguez Maxi takes a shot.
Matthew Taylor has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marcos Alonso by Steven Gerrard. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Matthew Taylor from left wing, clearance made by Fabio Aurelio. The ball is crossed by Johan Elmander, Zat Knight has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
Steven Gerrard crosses the ball, Matthew Taylor manages to make a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Steven Gerrard, Samuel Ricketts manages to make a clearance.
Kevin Davies challenges Daniel Agger unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.
Corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard to the near post, Gary Cahill makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken by Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a comfortable save.
Samuel Ricketts produces a cross, Daniel Agger gets a block in. Matthew Taylor takes the inswinging corner, David Ngog makes a clearance.
Centre by Fabio Aurelio, Zat Knight makes a clearance.
Steven Gerrard comes on in place of Raul Meireles. Free kick awarded for a foul by Dirk Kuyt on Mark Davies. Matthew Taylor has an effort direct from the free kick.
Effort on goal by Rodrigo Moreno from long range goes harmlessly over the target.
Effort on goal by Rodrigo Moreno from a long way out goes over the bar.
The ball is delivered by David Ngog, Rodriguez Maxi takes a shot. Clearance made by Marcos Alonso.
Mark Davies fouled by Leiva Lucas, the ref awards a free kick. Matthew Taylor delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, Zat Knight concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Agger. Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.
Raul Meireles concedes a free kick for a foul on Rodrigo Moreno. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Matthew Taylor, save by Jose Reina.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Glen Johnson. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
The official flags Rodriguez Maxi offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Davies on Daniel Agger. Daniel Agger restarts play with the free kick.
Fernando Torres fouled by Zat Knight, the ref awards a free kick. Raul Meireles delivers the ball, Martin Skrtel has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Raul Meireles by Mark Davies. Raul Meireles takes the direct free kick. Fernando Torres sends in a cross.
Foul by Dirk Kuyt on Mark Davies, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
The referee gives a free kick against David Ngog for handball. Matthew Taylor crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel.
The ref blows the whistle to start the match.
Cole set for fitness test
Midfielder Joe Cole will have a fitness test on an ankle injury ahead of the Barclays Premier League visit of Bolton.
The England international aggravated the problem in training on Thursday but even if he is passed fit he may be restricted to a place on the bench again.
Central defender Daniel Agger and left-back Fabio Aurelio are pushing for recalls to the starting line-up having both been sidelined for long periods with injuries.
Roy Hodgson insists he will never quit as manager as he remains convinced he is the man to lead the club back to former glories.
The 63-year-old heard the Anfield crowd turn on him after Wednesday's defeat to Wolves but despite speculation increasing about his future he stressed he would never walk away.
"It has taken me a long while to get to this elevated position coaching one of the best clubs in Europe," said the former Fulham manager.
"I was very pleased to get the job - I left a very good job to take it - so the last thing in my mind is walking away from a club like this or walking away from football.
"I want to be here, I want to change things, I want to turn it around and I want to help the club and the new owners get the success they want.
"There is no security as a Premier League manager and when you take any job you don't take it for security, you take it because you believe you can do it and do it well."
Bolton boss Owen Coyle expects to take a squad of just 15 to Anfield.
Defender Paul Robinson is suspended following his yellow card against Chelsea last time out while United States midfielder Stuart Holden is expected to miss out due to an injury sustained at Stamford Bridge.
Lee Chung-yong remains on international duty with South Korea while Tamir Cohen is not expected to return following the death of his father earlier this week.
Gretar Steinsson is still sidelined by a knee injury while Joey O'Brien, Sean Davis, Ricardo Gardner and Jlloyd Samuel are all absent too.
Coyle insists Bolton's wretched league record at Liverpool will count for nothing as his side aim to make it a miserable start to 2011 for the Reds.
Wanderers last claimed a point at Anfield on New Year's Day 2002, and since then have lost all eight league games they have played there, conceding 19 and scoring just once.
That last league goal came just over seven years ago in a 3-1 defeat but Coyle is remaining positive.
He said: "Our past record is not something that concerns me. What's happened before has no effect on the game. It will be decided by two teams on the pitch, not in the annals of history. We believe that if we get to our best we're capable of a positive result.
"We're going to a magnificent football club that have top-class players. They will be disappointed by some of the results they have had but that takes nothing away from how dangerous they can be as opponents.
"We'll go there to be positive and play on the front foot, very respectful of the team and the support but knowing that it's a game that if we play at our maximum we can get a positive result."
Reds ease pressure on Hodgson
Liverpool earned manager Roy Hodgson some breathing space, but nothing more, with a last-gasp 2-1 victory over Bolton at Anfield.
With reports suggesting owners New England Sports Ventures are now actively seeking a replacement, the 63-year-old knows he is living on borrowed time after a woeful six months in charge.
When Kevin Davies headed in Matt Taylor's 43rd-minute free-kick things looked even worse for Hodgson, but a revitalised Torres volleyed home an equaliser before Cole tapped in his first league goal for the club he joined in the summer.
The result came as a welcome relief to Hodgson after back-to-back Barclays Premier League defeats, but it may only give the Reds boss a temporary stay of execution.
After their worst start since the 1953/54 season - when Liverpool were relegated - Hodgson appeared to have turned things around only for a defeat at Newcastle and the dreadful performance at home to Wolves three days ago to raise more questions about his future.
Those became more valid when suggestions began to circulate that NESV were stepping up their search for what will be the club's most important appointment in decades.
The feeling was the American owners were prepared to see out the season with Hodgson, who was brought in three months before their #300million takeover in October, but recent performances and major public relations gaffes have changed their stance.
Hodgson's attempt to defend his criticism of fans who targeted their anger at him in midweek failed to cut any ice with supporters and, more importantly, seem to have had an adverse impact on owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner.
It did not provide the ideal backdrop for Hodgson's most important match in his short reign and the situation was given extra spice because the man in the opposition dug-out, Owen Coyle, who has transformed Bolton in just 12 months, has been touted as a potential successor.
Add to that the fact captain Steven Gerrard was only fit enough for a place on the bench after cramping up having played 90 minutes against Wolves in his first appearance after six weeks out, and the outlook appeared bleak for Hodgson even before kick-off.
One solitary banner in the Kop read `Fans' New Year Wish - New Manager', but if Hodgson was expecting his side to show an early reaction to their miserable midweek defeat it did not materialise.
Hodgson was forced to send on Gerrard for Raul Meireles midway through the first half after the Portugal midfielder failed to run off an injury sustained minutes earlier.
Just prior to that Taylor had hacked away Maxi Rodriguez's cross-shot from Torres' looped pass to the far post.
Taylor proved to be even more effective at the other end as, after curling one low free-kick into the side-netting, it was his set-piece which allowed Kevin Davies to head home two minutes before the interval after Fabio Aurelio, making his first league start of the season, had fouled Rodrigo Moreno.
Liverpool could have been ahead by then as Rodriguez headed Dirk Kuyt's deep cross onto the top of the crossbar, while in injury time Lucas Leiva skewed wide from close range.
Torres may have given the impression of a man who did not know where his next goal was coming from, but in one flash of genius it all came flooding back.
The second half was only four minutes old when Gerrard's first-time pass from David Ngog's knockdown picked out Torres on the penalty spot and he clinically volleyed home his first goal since November 10.
Torres instantly looked a transformed player and his next effort from the left of the penalty area whistled past Jussi Jaaskelainen and wide of the far post, while Rodriguez and Gerrard both had close-range shots charged down.
Gerrard breathed new life into his previously prolific partnership with Torres and another chipped pass into the penalty area saw the Spain international fire just wide.
An error by Glen Johnson gifted the ball to substitute Ivan Klasnic late on but the England international was indebted to Reina for holding the fierce shot.
Liverpool finished the game as they should have started it, pressing for victory, and they were rewarded with an injury-time winner.
Gerrard's deep cross was touched back by Rodriguez and substitute Cole tapped in from a couple of yards for his first league goal for Liverpool.
It may have eased the pressure on Hodgson, but even a vastly-improved second half performance may not be enough to convince the owners the club is heading in the right direction.
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