Kenny Dalglish happy with his table-topping Liverpool

Kenny Dalglish was full of praise for his Liverpool side after they proved far too good for Bolton at Anfield.

"It was a pleasure to watch," he said after goals from Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam and Martin Skrtel.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle admitted Liverpool deserved their 3-1 win but added: "We shot ourselves in the foot at the start of the second half by conceding two goals."

Ivan Klasnic's late strike from close-range provided little consolation.

Dalglish, whose Liverpool side are the early pace-setters, said: "We got the result because we worked hard, played together and played for each other.

"To lose a goal at the end maybe puts a dampener on it for 40 seconds or so but that also says a lot."

Two of his summer signings went some way to repaying their transfer fees. Henderson opened the scoring by curling a left-footed strike into the top corner of the net, while Adam found the target with a low shot from 18 yards.

Defender Martin Skrtel scored Liverpool's third, losing his marker to head home from the impressive Adam's whipped corner.

The home side's attacking play impressed Coyle, who said: "Liverpool are a very good side but saying that, I thought we started the game pretty well.

"It was a great finish from Jordan Henderson but that's why you pay £20m for players, exquisite finishes like that."

Of the home side's lightning-fast start to the second half, Coyle added: "They were good finishes from both the (Liverpool) lads but poor defending from us as a group, and it gave us a mountain to climb."

And Bolton's defence may soon have an even tougher battle to come, with Gary Cahill being the subject of intense interest from Arsenal.

While being reluctant to discuss the possible transfer, Coyle said: "I do think it had an effect on him today. It's probably the first time I have seen him not be the normal outstanding lad that he is. But that can happen to anyone."