Liverpool 3-0 Wigan – Reds Improve at Home

By Jonathan Carroll

A home win on Saturday for Liverpool was a welcome relief to the Anfield faithful. Home wins this season have been like Djimi Traore goals, few and far between. A resounding second half performance allowed Brendan Rodgers’ men to get three points courtesy of a brace from Luis Suarez and one from Jose Enrique.

The first half was far from inspiring with only a Suso shot testing Wigen keeper Ali Al Habsi at the Kop end. Worryingly for Wigan, influential midfielder Ben Watson was involved in a collision with Raheem Sterling which resulted in a broken leg for the Wigan man. Jordan Henderson replaced Suso towards the end of the first half and this allowed Steven Gerrard more freedom going forward.

The change paid dividends in the second half as Liverpool pressed Wigan and forced them into mistakes. Sterling took full advantage of one such mistake and pulled his cross back for Suarez to finish high into the roof of the net. Jose Enrique continued to impress following last Sundays man of the match performance against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. His through ball on fifty-eight minutes sent Suarez through on goal and the Uruguayan finished calmly to put the reds two nil up. Seven minutes later Enrique was involved again after Liverpool were wrongly awarded a throw in. Sterling’s shot was saved low by Al Habsi and Enrique duly tapped home from five yards out for his first premier league goal.

A well deserved result based on the second half and Rodgers will no doubt be lauded for his substitution by the very people who call for his hed every week. Positive signs for Liverpool and a striker who is in red-hot form in Suarez. A run of good results could see the Redmen push for a European place but much will depend on how well they can approach the Christmas period with a very bare squad before the expected reinforcements arrive. The football side of things has improved no end, nice flowing pass and move and its an added bonus to see young prospects like Suso, Sterling and Andre Wisdom begin to flourish at this level. Rodgers faces a tough test next Sunday away to his old club Swansea.

Liverpool

  • 25 Reina – 6
  • 02 Johnson – 7
  • 03 Jose Enrique – 8
  • 05 Agger – 7 (Carragher – 82′ )
  • 37 Skrtel – 7
  • 47 Wisdom – 7
  • 08 Gerrard – 6
  • 24 Allen – 6
  • 31 Sterling – 7
  • 07 Suarez – 8 (Shelvey – 87′ )
  • 30 Suso – 6 (Henderson – 36′ ) – 7

Substitutes

  • 01 Jones
  • 16 Coates
  • 23 Carragher
  • 04 Sahin
  • 10 Cole
  • 14 Henderson
  • 33 Shelvey

Wigan Athletic

  • 26 Al Habsi – 6
  • 05 Caldwell – 5 (Booked) (Gomez – 69′ )
  • 17 Boyce – 5
  • 21 Ramis – 6
  • 31 Figueroa – 4 (Booked)
  • 04 McCarthy – 4
  • 08 Watson – 5 (Jones – 32′ )
  • 10 Maloney – 5
  • 22 Beausejour – 5
  • 02 Kone – 3
  • 09 Di Santo – 5 (Booked) (Miyaichi – 69′ )

Substitutes

  • 12 Pollitt
  • 23 Stam
  • 06 Jones
  • 14 Gomez
  • 15 McManaman
  • 19 Boselli
  • 32 Miyaichi
Referee: Kevin Friend
Attendance: 44,913
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