The Spaniard pulled off an excellent save to deny Martin Petrov an equaliser in the first half and dealt with everything Bolton could throw at him in a neat and tidy manner.
He certainly doesn't lack in self-belief but the Spaniard could have done better as an attacking force and looked uncomfortable against Chris Eagles.
From his seat in the directors' box, Coates must have enjoyed watching the accomplished Reds skipper in action because he was a calming influence throughout.
His place might be under threat with Sebastian Coates due to sign but this assured performance suggested that he is up for the challenge of holding on to a starting slot.
Underlined his promise with a composed performance before going off injured on the half-hour but the ovation he received from the fans shows how much they rate him.
Suddenly that £20 million transfer fee is looking like money well spent and his coming-of-age will remove any doubts over whether he is cut out for Anfield and the standing ovation when he was subsituted said it all.
Would have scored his first Liverpool goal had it not been for Jaaskelainen's brilliant save but his hard-working display and sensible use of possession augurs well for his future.
Incredible to think that some thought the Brazilian was not fit to wear the shirt because he shone in the midfield trenches with a tenacious performance.
It took a while for the Scottish international to get into his stride but when he got going he looked a constant threat to the Bolton defence and his cracking goal crowned a fine performance.
The Dutchman looks like the perfect foil for Suarez because his clever front-running suggests he is on the same wavelength as the new darling of the Kop.
Class act. At the heart of everything that was good about the Reds but surprised everyone by missing a glorious chance when sent clear by Henderson.
The flying Finn might not look as formidable as he used to do during Sam Allardyce's reign but his save to deny Stewart Downing showed he will be a tough act to follow.
So desperate he had to resort to basketball skills to thwart Stewart Downing after being given the run-around by the England winger.
Let his team down when it mattered most early in the second half by losing his bearings and allowing Martin Skrtel to nod in the decisive second goal.
If this proves to be his final game as a move to Arsenal beckons then he won't be able leave the Reebok with his head held high. Still the best of Bolton's defenders though.
He will be having nightmares about Jordan Henderson, Dirk Kuyt and Luis Suarez because the veteran left-back was led here, there and everywhere by his livewire opponents.
Stuck to his task manfully but ended up chasing those proverbial shadows as Lucas and Adam took charge of the midfield battle.
Flattered to deceive which seems to have been the story of his career so far.
He became a peripheral figure at Manchester City and he was a peripheral figure here as well apart from a brilliantly excecuted stinging volley that Reina expertly beat away.
Did well early on until injury curtailed his shift which was a shame because he looked like relishing the task ahead of him.
The wild challenge on Lucas that earned the Croatian a booking showed just how frustrated he had become as Liverpool dominated but goal was reward for regaining his composure.
The Bolton skipper hardly got a look in against Carragher & Co but then again he hardly got a chance to shine as his team toiled and he was put out of his misery with 20 minutes left by being substituted.
- 32 Doni
- 49 J. Robinson
After coming on as a substitute for Martin Kelly early on he rose to the challenge of impressing Kenny Dalglish by nodding in the crucial second goal.
- J. Shelvey
- 20 J. Spearing
It's a tough job but someone's got to do it. The Argentine had a tough act to follow when he was sent on to give the mercurial Luis Suarez a breather but he failed to get going.
The way Kuyt and Suarez clicked he had better get used to the view from the substitutes' bench that he had for most of this game and make sure he makes up for lost time when he is in the thick of the action.
- 1 A. Bogdán
- 39 J. Riley
- 31 D. Wheater
Sent on in place of Kevin Davies in the 70th minute as Bolton launched damage limitation exercise.
It must be hard to keep going when your team is being overrun. Looked out of his depth after replacing Muamba.
- 20 R. Blake
The Turk failed to make much of an impact after replacing Eagles 10 minutes into the second half.