Liverpool 0, Bolton 0 – LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

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Liverpool 0, Bolton Wanderers 0
Anfield, Liverpool (43,847)

Player Ratings

Simon Mignolet – 6

Glen Johnson – 5.5
Slow in possession, and not the fastest out of it.

Emre Can – 7
The epitome of composure in the centre of the back three. He was never hurried or flustered, and also completed a Skrtel-esque 12 clearances during the game.

Mamadou Sakho – 6.5

Javier Manquillo – 6
Efficient enough with his passing but offered little threat to Bolton down the right. Had a good chance to score in the second half but dragged his shot wide.

Jordan Henderson – 7
Had a good left footed effort early on which tested Bogdan in Bolton’s goal. Completed 7/7 long balls, including a great pass to put Marovic through on goal in the second half.

Joe Allen – 5
Sloppy in possession, and generally looked lost in the position with and without the ball. A pass success rate of just 81% must be one of his lowest ever.

José Enrique – 5
Withdrawn at half time after a poor performance. Often in the right areas but his delivery from the left was mostly hit and hope.

Adam Lallana – 5.5
Slowed the play down, spending too long on the ball before releasing it, which allowed Bolton to regroup and mark Liverpool’s other attackers.

Philippe Coutinho – 6
Usual neat touches but couldn’t find the final pass. Faded in the second half and perhaps should have been rested for this game.

Raheem Sterling – 6
A constant threat but couldn’t provide the clinical end product when required.

Substitutes

Lazar Markovic – 6.5
(Enrique HT) Added pace and directness down the left hand side, but was another player who couldn’t quite produce once in the final third. Should have had a free kick close to the edge of the area, having been fouled after being put through on goal by Henderson.

Lucas Leiva – 6
(Joe Allen 67′) Looked more comfortable in the position than Joe Allen, but failed to provide the incisive pass required.

Fabio Borini – 6
(Manquillo 68′)

Tactics

Bolton defended very well against Liverpool’s 3-4-2-1, which lacked the quality in forward areas to break the opposition down.

Johnson’s role at right centre back was neither here nor there, with Manquillo and Enrique offering less from wide areas than Markovic and Moreno usually do.

Adam Lallana replaced Gerrard behind the striker, but lacked the quickness of thought needed in the position, which Gerrard, and Sterling when he plays there, both offer.

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The second half saw a few changed in the system ad Liverpool looked to break Bolton down.

Markovic replaced the ineffective Enrique at half time, providing more of an attacking threat down the left.

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