Luis Suarez scored twice to help Liverpool to a 3-0 win over Wigan
Last Updated: 17/11/12 8:39pm
Luis Suarez continued his rich vein of form with two goals to help Liverpool to a 3-0 win over Wigan at Anfield.
Best of the game
- Man of the match: Jose Enrique - Luis Suarez would normally take the award for another two goals, but Enrique gets the shout after another all-action performance. The Spaniard scored his first goal for the club to follow-up his second man of the match award in successive weeks following his performance against Chelsea.
- Goal of the match: Suarez's second effort take the prize mainly for Enrique's brilliantly timed pass to send the Uruguayan through on goal and the striker made no mistake with a clinical finish past Al Habsi.
- Controversy of the match: Wigan felt Liverpool's third goal should not have stood after Liverpool were wrongly awarded a throw-in in the build-up to the goal and once Enrique scored the game was really up for Roberto Martinez's men.
- Moment of the match: It has to be Suarez's opener as it brought the game to life after a subdued opening half at Anfield. Once Liverpool went ahead they never looked back as they cruised to a comfortable 3-0 success.
- Talking point: Can Suarez continue his rich vein of form without any support in attack? Do Wigan have enough strength in depth to continue their improvement under Roberto Martinez.
The Uruguayan took his tally for the season to 13 goals with two second-half strikes with the impressive Jose Enrique netting the third with his first goal for the club.
The victory was well deserved for the home side after a dour first half with Wigan struggling to pose only problems to the returning Pepe Reina in the Liverpool goal.
The win is only Liverpool's second home success of the season in the Premier League to lift them up to 11th spot in the table.
In a quiet start to the game Liverpool had to wait until 23 minutes to create their first noteworthy effort as Suso let fly from the edge of the box and Al Habsi could only palm out his powerful shot.
The little Spaniard missed the best opening of the half on 32 minutes as Glen Johnson got to the byline and pulled a cross back for Suso who headed his effort over the crossbar from six yards out.
Both sides made changes to their midfield just past the half hour mark with David Jones replacing the injured Ben Watson following a collision with Raheem Sterling, while Brendan Rodgers appeared to make a tactical change by taking off Suso for Jordan Henderson.
Just before the break Al Habsi was forced into a smart save as Enrique tried to get onto Suarez's drilled cross across the six-yard box.
Whatever Rodgers said at half-time seemed to work as Liverpool broke the deadlock two minutes into the second half through Suarez.
Sterling capitalised on a poor pass from Jean Beausejour to round Maynor Figueroa and the England international picked out Suarez who fired his shot high into the net past Al Habsi.
Suarez made it 2-0 on 58 minutes when Enrique slipped him in on goal with a superb pass and the deadly striker poked his shot past Al Habsi.
Liverpool made it 3-0 on 65 minutes with Enrique grabbing a deserved goal for his afternoon's work, but there was some controversy in the build-up.
Wigan felt they should have had a throw-in when Ivan Ramis's pass appeared to be deflected into touch by Suarez, but the home side were awarded the throw and from it Sterling got in on goal and saw his powerful shot palmed out into the path of the grateful Enrique to snaffle up the rebound.
Liverpool missed further chances to add to their lead in the remaining minutes as they enjoyed their best day of the season at Anfield against a below-par Wigan.
|Liverpool||Team Statistics||Wigan Athletic|
|0||1st Half Goals||0|
|6||Shots on Target||2|
|10||Shots off Target||7|
|46.3||1st Half Poss.||53.7|
|49.7||2nd Half Poss.||50.3|
Barclays Premier League
|7||West Ham United||22||36|
|14||West Bromwich Albion||22||22|
|19||Queens Park Rangers||22||19|
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