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3.1.07

Excellent win over Bolton

This time the Reds were really fantastic. Liverpool Football Club crushed Bolton 3-0 to leapfrog its North West rivals and go third in the local tournament.

We msu say that Bolton had only one effort on goal at Anfield and was made to pay with two goals in two minutes midway through the second part of the match from Peter Crouch and Steven Gerrard.

And Dirk Kuyt then struck his seventh goal of the season late on to cap Liverpool's ninth victory in 11 home games this term and stretch its unbeaten home record to 27 league clashes.

It's fair to say that Bolton frustrated Liverpool in the early stages, with Abdoulaye Faye blocking a volley from Kuyt before goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen tipped over a 20-metre strike from Steve Finnan.

But Liverpool kept the pressure on with Xabi Alonso curling an effort wide from just outside the box while midfielder Mark Gonzalez also fired off-target.

Talented striker Crouch, who started in place of the injured Craig Bellamy, headed wide from Finnan's 36th-minute cross but made amends on the hour mark with just his third league goal of the season.

Kuyt and Jermaine Pennant made a good combination on the right before Crouch converted Pennant's cross with an acrobatic volley.

What's more, Kuyt was involved again when Gerrard doubled the lead within 83 seconds, volleying home superbly from the Dutchman's centre.

And Peter Crouch had two great opportunities for a second while Jaaskelainen saved well from Sami Hyypia but Kuyt got his goal with eight minutes remaining, firing home from a Luis Garcia pass.

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