Liverpool v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • December 24, 2008 | By Chris Mann
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After storming to victory over Portsmouth at the weekend, Bolton will be looking to end their Anfield jinx on Boxing Day.

Two goals in the opening three minutes helped Gary Megson's side to a 2-1 win over Pompey, but a whole different task will await them at Anfield.

Without a league win in the red half of Merseyside since 1954, Bolton face a tall order against Rafa Benitez's Premier League leaders.

Benitez missed Liverpool's game at Arsenal last time out after surgery to remove kidney stones, leaving former Wanderers boss Sammy Lee incharge of first team affairs.

Lee's former side has changed a bit since his departure in October last year, and will come up against some of his former signings.

The likes of Jlloyd Samuel, Andy O'Brien and Gavin McCann should start the game, although changes could be made with the game with Wigan coming just two days later.

Ricardo Gardner will be hoping to retain his place in midfield, with Matt Taylor drifted out to the right, leaving Kevin Davies to support Johan Elmander in attack.

Tamir Cohen, Joey O'Brien and Ricardo Vaz Te are the only injury absentees for Bolton.

Liverpool will be hoping to have record signing Fernando Torres back for the game.

The Spaniard has missed the last five games with a hamstring injury, meaning Robbie Keane has taken central stage in recent weeks.

Should Torres not make the game, Steven Gerrard could support Keane in attack, with Dirk Kuyt providing the width.

Javier Mascherano could miss the game through illness, while Martin Skrtel will miss out despite returning to training following a serious knee injury.

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
7 Plymouth Argyle 46 80
8 Oxford United 46 76
9 Bolton Wanderers 46 73
10 Portsmouth 46 73
11 Ipswich Town 46 70
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