EPL: Liverpool v Bolton, Anfield, 17:30BST, 27/8/11 (3-1)

A solid and fully-deserved victory put The Reds briefly on top of the EPL, as Bolton were put to the sword with three fine finishes from Henderson, Skrtel and Adam.

Henderson, in probably his best game for Liverpool so far, scored a beautifully placed goal at the Anfield Road end following a terrific effort from Downing that Jaaskelainen saved well. The ball had been played in from where you expected Downing to be to where you would expect Suarez to be – but their roles here were reversed. The pass was exquisite and Downing volleyed it first time but Jaaskelainen saved – however the ball came to Kuyt who played it back to Henderson. His first effort was partly blocked but the ball fell kindly and he curled and lobbed the ball past Jaaskelainen into the opposite corner of the goal, who was helpless to prevent it.

Bolton looked dangerous when they had the ball in out third, but never had it enough to make that danger count. Whilst onlookers may have been concerned about a repeat of the Sunderland game, with the scoreline only 1-0 after a dominant first half performance (again), two well taken second half goals put paid to Bolton.

Charlie Adam’s set-pieces are already paying off. Martin Skrtel this time met a corner and the ball flew in from close range. Shortly after that, Adam did a Steven Gerrard impression as he picked the ball up from just outside the box and hammered a shot through the defender in front of him that beat Jaaskelainen to his right.

There was a little bit of show-boating after that that meant further chances to add to the scoreline were spurned, and it was disappointing that in the dying moments, in added time, that Carra’s control let him down, which let in Bolton and Ivan Klasnic scored a barely deserved consolation, which took a little of the sheen off an otherwise excellent team performance.

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