Good victory over Bolton
We can say that neither team dominated in the first-half but Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, returning in place of Momo Sissoko, had a penalty appeal turned down after a dainty passing move with English forward Peter Crouch.
Bolton’s captain Kevin Nolan also had a brace of opportunities to score, with the Liverpool defence looking confused. However, it was Stelios Giannakopoulos who had the Trotter’s chance of the half, though his shot failed to trouble keeper Pepe Reina.
"Happy Birthday!": It was Fowler who made the goal just before the break. Receiving a deft head-down from Peter Crouch, Robbie Fowler rifled a ball into the bottom left-hand corner past the despairing Bolton goalkeeper.
That was why Bolton began the second-half with a three-pronged forward attack in an attempt to get a result.
But after Fowler was replaced by Didi Hamann, Gerrard was given the license to help Crouch in attack, and though they showed more creativity, Liverpool were unable to extend the difference.