EPL Preview: Predicting the Liverpool Starting XI vs. Bolton Wanderers

Thomas Atzenhoffer@socceratzCorrespondent IIAugust 27, 2011

EPL Preview: Predicting the Liverpool Starting XI vs. Bolton Wanderers

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    Liverpool are only two hours from facing off against Bolton. With the Reds having injuries to Glen Johnson, Raul Meireles and Steven Gerrard they are still not quite up to full strength.

    However, they are much stronger than last season and have proven that.

    The new boys seem to be settling in nicely. I am sure most of them will continue to hold onto their place in the first 11.

    Jordan Henderson is the only player I expect to possibly be dropped, as Dirk Kuyt's scoring history against Bolton could be a deciding factor for the Dutchman to start.

    Here is a look at the Projected Reds Starting XI for today's match-up at Anfield.

Pepe Reina

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    Reina is the best goal keeper in the league according to his manager, and many would have to agree now that Edwin Van Der Sar has retired and Petr Cech is injured and out.

    The Spaniard is the easiest choice Dalglish has week to week.

Martin Kelly

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    Fabio Capello could very well be calling the young English fullback up for a friendly or even first team starting 11 with the England national team.

    Martin Kelly got a break during the Exeter City game with John Flanagan getting another game in so I expect it is Kelly's turn in the rotation.

Jaime Carragher

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    The vice-captain and current stand in skipper Jamie Carragher is always a lock. The veteran is sure to lead the defense against a tough physical Bolton front line.

Daniel Agger

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    Daniel Agger is possibly the best defender in the league when he is fit and has no problem going forward to support his offense.

    Agger will have to be on his toes as he battles against Kevin Davies and Ivan Klasnic.

Jose Enrique

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    Jose Enrique so far looks to be the best signing of the Reds summer so far, as he has been excellent at the back.

    His pace and strength have allowed him to make quick work of many situations and his abilities in the League are coming into their own.

Dirk Kuyt

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    Dirk Kuyt is my guess to return to the line-up as Jordan Henderson may receive a rest after the Carling Cup clash.

    Kuyt has an excellent scoring record against Bolton since joining the Reds. He is one of my picks to score a goal against the Trotters.

Charlie Adam

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    Charlie Adam continues to show his staying ability in the first team as he is yet to miss a start and his free kicks will need to be spot-on for the match.

    Adam could have a break out performance this match.  Although he has been widely criticized for giving the ball away at times.

Lucas Leiva

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    Lucas has continued to show his ability as a holding midfielder this campaign.

    The Reds Player of the Season last campaign will be key all season long, but could face tough competition for his spot once Steven Gerrard returns to fitness.

Stewart Downing

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    Stewart Downing looks to be really growing in his relationship with Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll at the front.

    With both of the strikers expected in the line-up, his crosses should meet a lot more goal attempts this week than against Arsenal.

Andy Carroll

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    Carroll got of the mark against Exeter City midweek in the Reds Carling Cup victory with a blasted shot from the top of the box.

    That type of goal further shows he is more than just a header wining forward.

    Today's match however, will need for him to be the big man in the air once again.  The Bolton defense is strong and physical, Suarez will need Carroll to bring the ball down to get the Uruguayan on at goal.

Luis Suarez

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    All I can say is, "I just can't get enough."

    Luis Suarez is now three for three as he has scored in all of the Reds fixtures so far this season. At this rate, I expect him to have an eye for goal again.

    His creativity in attack is sure to run circles around the Bolton defense at times and should open up space all over the pitch for his teammates.


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    The Reds look up for it and you can catch up on more Liverpool vs Bolton pre-match info right here as you can read break downs of some of the press conferences.

    Key match-ups for the game have also been taken into account in another preview article, and you can also check out all of the Previews for this weekends games in one place right here on Bleacher Report.

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