Bolton face scouse opposition at the Reebok, for the second time in three games when Liverpool pay a visit. Gary Megson’s men sit in mid-table but only two points above the relegation places. It’s been a funny old season, not least because the visitors have usually blown their title chances by now.
‘Clearly they have been very difficult to beat in the last few years. They try to play better football now but it is still tough. We will have to manage in a different way.
‘They were really direct and they still are sometimes, but now they can also play it on the floor.
‘They’re a different team – maybe nicer to watch.`
Rafa says nice things about Bolton. The sentiment`s appreciated, it`s just a pity he`s so wrong.
Bolton Team News:
Kevin Nolan will return after suspension. Joey O’Brien and Mustapha Riga are doubts
Player to watch: Kevin Nolan
Starting to come into form before his suspension. Can it continue?
Liverpool Team News:
Fernando Torres is available after injury, but may start off the bench.
Player to watch: Steven Gerrard
Accomplished diver Gerrard, will attempt a reverse three and one-half somersault in Saturday`s game. The first time such a manoeuvre has been attempted on a football field. Good luck Stevie.
Match Facts & Stats
Bolton were victims of their own incompetence in last season’s game, which was the first in five that Liverpool have won at the ‘Bok. Jussi Jaaskelainen scored a bizarre own goal and Gary Cahill gifted Ryan Babel a free shot on goal. He didn’t spurn the opportunity.
Rob Styles. Will no doubt find a way to cock things up.
Bolton are solid defensively, but make the occasional mistake. Creatively they are hopeless. It points to a narrow Liverpool win.