EPL Preview: Liverpool Travel to the Reebok Stadium to Take on Bolton

Jon FeatonbyCorrespondent IOctober 29, 2010

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24:  Liverpool Manager Roy Hodgson gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers at Anfield on October 24, 2010 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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After a much needed home win over Blackburn last weekend, Liverpool take on another northwest team when they face Bolton on Sunday afternoon.

Liverpool—who currently sit third from the bottom of the Premier League—have a good record against Bolton, having been the victors the last seven times that the sides have met. Indeed Bolton have only come out on top three times in the 22 Premier League games featuring these two sides, with Liverpool winning on 15 occasions.

The Reds will be seeking to continue this trend as they try to recover from their disastrous start to the season.

Manager Roy Hodgson has winger Ryan Babel fit for selection, whilst Glen Johnson may also be in contention. Dirk Kuyt is reportedly making good progress in his battle to recover from an ankle injury, but won't make the trip to the Reebok.

Bolton have had a bit of an interesting week, as striker Ivan Klasnic was arrested on suspicion of rape. But they have lost just once in the league this season and have witnessed the goal-scoring rebirth of Johan Elmander, who has bagged five goals for the Trotters.

Liverpool fans can take some solace, however, in the fact that Elmander has scored all of his goals away from home. In fact, he hasn't scored at the Reebok Stadium since his Bolton debut at the start of the 2008-09 season.

Liverpool will need to turn around their recent dismal away form, which has seen them win just one of their last 13 away fixtures in the league.

Hodgson will be hoping that Fernando Torres is emerging from his goal-scoring funk. Liverpool have scored only nine Premier League goals this term, hitting the back of the net only once during the first half.

The importance of Torres, and that of captain Steven Gerrard, is underlined by the statistic that Liverpool have not scored a goal that wasn't either scored or assisted by one of those two since the opening day of the season, when David N'gog netted against Arsenal.

In what will be a tough, physical encounter against Bolton, it is almost unnecessary to say that Liverpool will need both Torres and Gerrard to be at their best if they are to get a victory.


Likely Liverpool Lineup


Carragher, Skrtel, Kyrgiakos, Konchesky

Lucas, Meireles, Cole, Gerrard, Maxi