Liverpool 3-0 Wigan- Report
Report of match 17th November 2012
Liverpool 3-0 Wigan- Report.
Suarez shines in Reds romp
Striker Luis Suarez proved just how valuable he is to Liverpool with two goals and an assist to help secure only a second home win of the season as they beat Wigan 3-0.
The Uruguay international struck twice in nine second-half minutes and also played a part in the third which saw Jose Enrique score his first goal for the club.
Reports this week that Manchester City were ready to make a #40million bid for the striker in January were dismissed by Roberto Mancini and Brendan Rodgers, with the latter confidently stating his prize asset was not for sale.
In any case, scoring in five successive matches to take his tally to 10 in as many appearances would appear to have boosted Suarez's price tag by several million more.
Not that Liverpool would consider - or could even countenance - selling a player who is so vital to any chance of success in the short- to medium-term.
Without the 25-year-old's input this season - from goals and assists - the Reds would be in the bottom three.
It is difficult to put a price on exactly how much that is worth to a team still growing into Rodgers' way of working but it is safe to say it would likely take much more to replace what he has brought to the side this campaign.
Yet Suarez was strangely subdued in a first half which had very few talking points.
With goalkeeper Jose Reina making his first appearance since October 7, Rodgers reverted to back four having opted for three centre-backs at Chelsea last weekend.
Somewhat surprisingly he selected Enrique on the left of midfield but before the half was out he had tinkered with his tactical line-up having seen his side fail to get a grip on the game.
The hosts began well with Suarez's cross turned behind by Ben Watson and Daniel Agger's header from the corner tipped just wide by the outstretched hand of Ali Al Habsi.
After Reina shrugged off some of the rustiness with a routine save from Arouna Kone's long-range effort both Agger and Suso headed over.
It was virtually the young Spaniard's last involvement as just past the half-hour he was replaced by Jordan Henderson with Steven Gerrard moving forward to play in the hole by Suarez in an attempt to get more support for the Uruguay international.
By then Wigan had lost Watson to a painful shin injury after he was caught by Raheem Sterling, with Ivan Ramis' subsequent free-kick deflected behind off the wall.
There followed plenty of possession without much penetration from both sides.
Whatever was said by Rodgers to his team - and Suarez in particular - at half-time had the desired effect as Liverpool came out a side with much greater purpose.
It took them just over two minutes to prove it with a swift drive forward for the opening goal.
Andre Wisdom's pass into space gave Sterling, who had also had an uncharacteristically quiet 45 minutes, the chance to nip in front of Maynor Figueroa and run at the Wigan defence.
When he crossed for Suarez the Uruguayan's first-time shot, assisted by a slight deflection of Ramis, beat Al Habsi.
If the goal energised the home side it ignited Suarez, who was rampant after that.
Enrique drove infield from the left and poked in a through-ball which still required plenty from Suarez but in his current form there was only going to be one outcome and he easily beat the goalkeeper.
The third goal had a touch of fortune but only in its origin.
A throw-in down Wigan's left should have gone to the visitors but the officials awarded it to Liverpool and it was from that they finished off the game.
Suarez again had major part to play, sliding a pass through the inside-right channel to Sterling whose shot was parried by Al Habsi into the path of Enrique who could not miss from a few yards out.
The Spaniard, benefiting from his advanced position, celebrated only his second goal in five years in English football, his first coming for Newcastle against Nottingham Forest in March 2010.
Confidence was now surging through a Liverpool side who had previously been so timid and reticent in front of their own fans in 2012 - having previously only won three league matches at Anfield all year.
That was typified by Glen Johnson's run, starting on the halfway line close to the left touchline, which saw the England defender drive just wide with his right foot from the edge of the area.
Suarez eventually departed to a well-deserved standing ovation late on as Rodgers protected his investment on the back of seven-match unbeaten run.
|Competition: Barclays Premier League Kick Off: 15:00 Venue: Anfield Attendance: 44,913|
Suarez 47, 58
Jose Enrique 65
|3 - 0||Wigan Ath.
|90+3||A cross is delivered by Sanchez Jose Enrique, Maynor Figueroa makes a clearance.|
|90+3||A cross is delivered by Sanchez Jose Enrique, save by Ali Al Habsi.|
|90+3||The ball is delivered by Jean Beausejour.|
|90+1||Jonjo Shelvey takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.|
|88||Short corner worked by Jean Beausejour. Effort on goal by David Jones from just inside the area clears the bar.|
|86||Luis Suarez leaves the field to be replaced by Jonjo Shelvey.|
|85||Jordi Gomez produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.|
|84||Effort from long range by James McCarthy goes wide right of the target.|
|81||Effort from inside the area by Luis Suarez misses to the right of the goal. Jamie Carragher on for Daniel Agger.|
|79||The official flags Ryo Miyaichi offside. Glen Johnson restarts play with the free kick.|
|78||Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Maynor Figueroa gets a block in.|
|78||Raheem Sterling takes a short corner.|
|78||The ball is crossed by Andre Wisdom, clearance made by Maynor Figueroa.|
|78||The ball is delivered by Raheem Sterling, clearance by James McCarthy.|
|77||The ball is sent over by Jean Beausejour, clearance by Sanchez Jose Enrique.|
|76||Glen Johnson has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.|
|74||The referee blows for offside against Arouna Kone. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.|
|74||Short corner taken by Jordi Gomez. The ball is crossed by Jordi Gomez, Jose Reina makes a save.|
|72||The referee blows for offside against Luis Suarez. Free kick taken by Maynor Figueroa.|
|70||Jordi Gomez produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.|
|65||Gary Caldwell booked. Franco Di Santo is shown a yellow card.|
|68||Jordi Gomez is brought on as a substitute for Gary Caldwell. Ryo Miyaichi comes on in place of Franco Di Santo.|
|68||The ball is sent over by Sanchez Jose Enrique, save made by Ali Al Habsi.|
|67||Arouna Kone gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Agger. Glen Johnson takes the direct free kick.|
|67||Effort from deep inside the area by Jordan Henderson clears the bar.|
|64||Sanchez Jose Enrique scores a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Liverpool 3-0 Wigan.Assist on the goal came from Raheem Sterling.|
|64||Drilled right-footed shot by Raheem Sterling. Ali Al Habsi makes a save.|
|62||Luis Suarez takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Caldwell. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard, Shaun Maloney manages to make a clearance.|
|61||Shot by Luis Suarez.|
|58||Arouna Kone challenges Glen Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jose Reina takes the free kick.|
|57||A goal is scored by Luis Suarez from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Liverpool 2-0 Wigan.Assist by Sanchez Jose Enrique.|
|56||Corner from the right by-line taken by David Jones, save by Jose Reina. Jean Beausejour crosses the ball, clearance by Martin Skrtel.|
|55||Jordan Henderson has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.|
|55||The ball is swung over by Raheem Sterling, Gary Caldwell makes a clearance.|
|54||Shot by Franco Di Santo. Jose Reina makes a comfortable save.|
|53||The ball is crossed by Glen Johnson, Gary Caldwell manages to make a clearance.|
|51||Ivan Ramis challenges Luis Suarez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joe Allen restarts play with the free kick.|
|48||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Allen by David Jones. Free kick taken by Joe Allen.|
|47||Unfair challenge on James McCarthy by Steven Gerrard results in a free kick. Maynor Figueroa takes the free kick.|
|46||Luis Suarez finds the net with a goal from inside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Liverpool 1-0 Wigan.Assist on the goal came from Raheem Sterling.|
|46||Foul by Ivan Ramis on Steven Gerrard, free kick awarded. Glen Johnson restarts play with the free kick.|
|45+4||Unfair challenge on Jean Beausejour by Raheem Sterling results in a free kick. Maynor Figueroa restarts play with the free kick.|
|45+4||Andre Wisdom concedes a free kick for a foul on Franco Di Santo. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.|
|45+3||Daniel Agger takes a shot. Gary Caldwell gets a block in.|
|45+3||Corner taken by Luis Suarez from the right by-line played to the near post, David Jones manages to make a clearance.|
|45+2||Short corner worked by Steven Gerrard.|
|45+2||The ball is crossed by Sanchez Jose Enrique, Gary Caldwell makes a clearance.|
|45+1||Foul by Shaun Maloney on Joe Allen, free kick awarded. Martin Skrtel restarts play with the free kick.|
|43||The ball is sent over by Luis Suarez, save by Ali Al Habsi.|
|39||Effort from outside the box by Steven Gerrard goes wide right of the target.|
|38||Maynor Figueroa concedes a free kick for a foul on Raheem Sterling. Maynor Figueroa is given a yellow card. Andre Wisdom restarts play with the free kick.|
|37||Free kick awarded for a foul by Jean Beausejour on Raheem Sterling. Joe Allen restarts play with the free kick.|
|34||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Suarez by James McCarthy. Shot comes in from Luis Suarez from the free kick. Jordan Henderson comes on in place of Jesus Fernandez Saez.|
|32||Daniel Agger challenges Franco Di Santo unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike comes in from Maynor Figueroa from the free kick.|
|30||The ball is delivered by Glen Johnson, Header on goal by Jesus Fernandez Saez from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target. David Jones replaces Ben Watson.|
|24||Unfair challenge on Ben Watson by Raheem Sterling results in a free kick. Shot comes in from Ivan Ramis from the free kick, blocked by Steven Gerrard.|
|24||Corner taken left-footed by Jean Beausejour from the left by-line, Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.|
|23||Unfair challenge on Jean Beausejour by Steven Gerrard results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Ben Watson, clearance made by Daniel Agger.|
|22||Shot from 25 yards by Jesus Fernandez Saez. Ali Al Habsi gets a block in. Foul by Jesus Fernandez Saez on James McCarthy, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Maynor Figueroa.|
|21||Glen Johnson has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Blocked by Ben Watson. Steven Gerrard takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Header from deep inside the area by Daniel Agger goes harmlessly over the crossbar.|
|20||Jesus Fernandez Saez takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by James McCarthy.|
|19||Maynor Figueroa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jesus Fernandez Saez. Steven Gerrard crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance by James McCarthy.|
|18||The ball is swung over by Raheem Sterling, Ivan Ramis manages to make a clearance.|
|18||Arouna Kone takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.|
|17||Corner taken by Jesus Fernandez Saez from the left by-line, Ivan Ramis makes a clearance.|
|17||The ball is crossed by Steven Gerrard, Gary Caldwell manages to make a clearance.|
|13||Shot by Ben Watson from outside the box goes over the net.|
|11||Luis Suarez has a drilled shot. Blocked by Gary Caldwell. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shaun Maloney by Joe Allen. Gary Caldwell takes the direct free kick.|
|9||Corner taken left-footed by Jesus Fernandez Saez from the right by-line to the near post, James McCarthy makes a clearance.|
|8||Inswinging corner taken by Steven Gerrard, Franco Di Santo makes a clearance.|
|7||Unfair challenge on Maynor Figueroa by Luis Suarez results in a free kick. Gary Caldwell takes the direct free kick.|
|6||Shot from 18 yards by Jesus Fernandez Saez. Gary Caldwell gets a block in.|
|5||Arouna Kone concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Agger. Glen Johnson takes the direct free kick.|
|4||Sanchez Jose Enrique has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.|
|2||Short corner taken by Raheem Sterling.|