Liverpool kept up the pressure in the race for fourth place in the Premier League with a 2-0 victory over Bolton at Anfield on Saturday.
Dirk Kuyt's 49th strike for the club and Kevin Davies' own goal either side of half-time eventually proved enough in a performance which was lacking a touch of class if not endeavour.
The opener came when Emiliano Insua's cross was headed back across goal and Kuyt nipped in to volley home after the ball had been headed back across goal.
The second arrived when Insua's shot deflected in off Davies' heel after 70 minutes.
The hosts were indebted to Sotirios Kyrgiakos for clearing Lee Chung-Yong's shot off the line after the South Korean's diagonal run from the right took him past both centre-backs and goalkeeper Jose Reina
Rafael Benitez's side are now unbeaten in six league games.