Wigan 0-4 Liverpool – Rampant Reds Hammer Latics

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By Jonathan Carroll

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez soared to the top of the scoring charts on Saturday with another hat-trick away from home, his third in all, two behind the all time leader Michael Owen. This was an important win for Brendan Rodgers and company. Wigan have been a bogey team for the reds over the last few years. A complete team performance away from home and some impressive performances to note.

Philippe Coutinho played an integral part setting up the first two goals. First skipping by a Wigan defender to coolly cross for Stewart Downing to head home. Then later in the half to play Suarez in on goal with a measured pass through two Wigan defenders. The possession football had a purpose and an outcome at Wigan. Something which has lacked in many games Liverpool have dominated this season.

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Suarez later scored his second off a deflection from a free-kick twenty-five yards out. The Uruguayan international is by far the best striker in the league this season, not simply for his goal scoring ability but also his ability to create for others around him. Given the English media’s agenda to make sure Suarez stays as public enemy number one, there isn’t much chance the striker will gain the recognition he deserves in being named player of the season.

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A storming run by Glen Johnson early in the second half set up Suarez for his hat-trick and  the finish was as cool as you like. Cheekily slotting home between Al- Habsi’s legs to score on front of the traveling Kop. At four nil up Liverpool sat back, took the foot ofand looked to see out the game.

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Pepe Reina pulled off some great saves on Saturday. First off denying Emerson Boyce a spectacular goal and then later clawing away Franco Di Santo’s header. Both crucial saves early in the game. There is encouragement there also for the likes of youngster Coutinho. The Brazilian seems to have settled well judging by his performances so far. Glen Johnson was solid as ever again without getting the recognition he probably deserves and of course the skipper put in his usual shift.

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The reds now lay ten points behind Tottenham Hotspur in fourth and five points behind Arsenal in fifth. With Spurs visiting Anfield next Sunday it would be a great time for this Liverpool side to show they are an improving force with a win against a team on the up under Andre Villas Boas. Consistency is key and something that must be high on the list for Brendan Rodgers to instill in his players. If Liverpool can finish the season strong and grab a European place then the season may have been saved. Fifth position is a realistic target, fourth would be unexpected and probably undeserved at this point. With all of Liverpool’s remaining fixtures against higher placed opposition at home, there’s no reason the reds can’t improve on last seasons eighth position with fifty-two points.

Wigan Athletic

  • 26 Al Habsi – 4
  • 05 Caldwell – 5 (Booked) (Espinoza – 51′ ) – 4
  • 17 Boyce – 5
  • 31 Figueroa – 4
  • 04 McCarthy – 6
  • 10 Maloney – 6
  • 16 McArthur – 5 (Booked)
  • 22 Beausejour – 4 (McManaman – 61′ ) – 5
  • 33 Scharner – 5
  • 02 Kone – 5
  • 09 Di Santo – 6 (Alcaraz – 52′ ) – 5

Substitutes

  • 01 Blazquez
  • 03 Alcaraz
  • 23 Stam
  • 14 Gomez
  • 18 Espinoza
  • 11 Henriquez
  • 15 McManaman

Liverpool

  • 25 Reina – 7
  • 02 Johnson – 8
  • 03 Jose Enrique – 7
  • 05 Agger – 7
  • 23 Carragher – 7
  • 08 Gerrard – 7
  • 10 Phillippe Coutinho – 8 (Henderson – 70′ )
  • 19 Downing – 7
  • 21 Lucas – 7 (Booked)
  • 24 Allen – 7 (Booked)
  • 07 Suarez – 9

Substitutes

  • 42 Gulacsi
  • 16 Coates
  • 47 Wisdom
  • 14 Henderson
  • 33 Shelvey
  • 11 Assaidi
  • 30 Suso
Referee: Atkinson
Attendance: 20,804
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