Preview: Bolton v Liverpool

Liverpool travel to the Reebok Stadium to face Bolton this Sunday (4pm kick off).

Roy Hodgson’s side are looking to gain some much needed momentum in the League following the 2-1 victory over Blackburn at Anfield last week.

Liverpool have an impressive record against Wanderers, winning their last seven League meetings with the Lancashire side.

Bolton though, under the expert management of Owen Coyle, are undefeated at home this season and sit eighth in the league. In the rejuvenated Johan Elmander and recent England call-up Kevin Davies they have two forwards capable of causing Liverpool problems at the back.

Liverpool are yet to win an away game this season, having only recorded victories over West Brom and Blackburn at home, and manager Roy Hodgson has gone over a year (442 days to be precise) since winning an away game as manager as Fulham or Liverpool.

Reds captain Steven Gerrard has scored seven times against Bolton – his second most productive opponent (after Villa) – and scored in the corresponding fixture last season. Liverpool came from behind twice to win 3-2 then.

Hodgson is likely to continue with the impressive Soto Kyrgiakos at the heart of defence, alongside Martin Skrtel, meaning Jamie Carragher will remain at right back. It will be interesting to see if the Reds boss continues with Raul Meireles and Lucas in midfield, or brings back the much-maligned Christian Poulsen.

Dirk Kuyt remains sidelined, although could return next weekagainst Chelsea, so Maxi Rodriguez is likely to continue on the right of midfield.

Did you know? Liverpool have played more Premier League fixtures on a Sunday than any other club. This will be their 163rd.

Injuries and Suspensions

Doubtful: Johnson (hamstring)
Injured: Kuyt (ankle)

Suspended: Injured: Davis & J O’Brien (both knee), Gardner (thigh), Samuel (calf)


Referee: Lee Probert
Assistant referees: Billy Smallwood & Ceri Richards


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