Preview Liverpool v Bolton

Liverpool will be looking to continue their unbeaten start to the season when they welcome Owen Coyle’s Bolton to Anfield for Saturday’s late kick off.

Kenny Dalglish’s men currently sit 5th in the table following up their opening day draw with Sunderland with an impressive win over Arsenal last weekend.

The Red’s have completed the double over Bolton in each of the past four seasons and will be favourites for the three points again this Saturday.

However Bolton won’t be pushed over and they gave big spending Manchester City a fright last weekend at the Reebok.

Coyle’s footballing philosophy is built on attacking football and with 7 goals in their opening two games Liverpool’s defender’s can expect a tough evening.

Tuncay Sanli’s midweek heroics from the bench might not be enough to convince Coyle to start with the Turkish international. Sanli scored one and created another as Bolton overcame the challenge of Macclesfield Town in the Carling cup on Wednesday.

Stability have been the key to Bolton success so far with Coyle naming an unchanged side in his opening two league encounters to date. That run could come to an end however with Gretar Steinsson emerging as a doubt after picking up a foot injury, and he will face a late fitness test.

Ricardo Gardner may come into contention as he continues to recover from a groin strain however Marcos Alonso, Sam Ricketts and Stuart Holden, Chung-Yong Lee and Tyrone Mears are all out.

Liverpool has impressed in patches so far this season and they look more comfortable attacking then defending.

Luis Suarez, with three goals in three games has carried his Copa America form into the new season while Andy Carroll got off the mark in the midweek Carling cup win over Exeter. Stewart Downing has made a solid start to life at Anfield and his delivery will cause Bolton problems.

Raul Meireles who made an impact from the bench against Arsenal looks set to miss out after injuring his shoulder against Exeter however Martin Skertel, who played midweek, could return to the side to partner Jaime Carragher at the back.

Glenn Johnson is still out so Martin Kelly should continue at right back while Jose Enrique will return to left back after sitting out the Carling cup tie.

Liverpool’s only other injury worry is Steven Gerrard meaning that Dalglish will continue with Lucas and Charlie Adam in the middle of the field.

Bolton’s last league win at Anfield came in January 1954 and despite their solid start to the season it’s hard to see past a home win.

Possible starting XI

Liverpool: Reina, Enrique, Carragher, Agger, Kelly, Lucas, Adam, Downing, Kuyt, Suarez, Carroll.

Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Robinson, Knight, Cahill, Steinsson, Reo-Coker, Muamba, Petrov, Eagles, Klasnic, K Davies.


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