Liverpool vs. Wigan: Score, Analysis and Grades
Remember the days when Liverpool contended for the English Premier League title every year? Or do you remember when they at least finished in the top four every year?
Those days are long gone, as the Reds have completely turned into a team that is simply mediocre. They lack talent up front, are missing creativity and nobody other than Luis Suarez can score goals on a consistent basis.
Luckily for the Reds on Saturday against Wigan Athletic, Suarez saved the day, scoring his ninth and 10th English Premier League goals to push Liverpool to a 3-0 victory, earning them three points that they had to get.
After receiving one shot on goal in the first half, Liverpool came out in the second with a new formation. They went to a 4-1-4-1 and it paid dividends early with Suarez's goal coming right out of halftime.
Then Suarez finished one more time in the 58th minute to push the Reds to a 2-0 lead. His goal came from a great through ball from Jose Enrique.
Liverpool has made some questionable moves in the past, but adding Suarez was clearly not one of those moves. It was genius.
Finally, as the game completely swung to the side of Liverpool, Enrique added to the goal total by scoring his first of the English Premier League season in the 66th minute.
Liverpool went on to defeat Wigan Athletic 3-0.
Luis Suarez, Liverpool: A+
What can you say about Luis Suarez? When Liverpool scores this season, people don't even need to ask who scored.
Suarez scored his ninth and 10th goals of the campaign; the first came from a nice set-up play from Raheem Sterling in the 47th minute.
Then he struck again in the 58th minute to give the Reds breathing room. His 10th goal put him nine goals ahead of the second-leading scorer on the team.
Where would Liverpool be without Suarez? Probably setting up for a demotion, that's where.
Raheem Sterling, Liverpool: A+
Raheem Sterling set up Luis Suarez for the first goal of the game. Prior to the goal, Sterling was one of the few Liverpool players who made an impact on the game.
Sterling was drawing fouls and being more aggressive and it ultimately paid off with his assist to Suarez right out of halftime. Sterling continued his offensive purpose in the second half by displaying his explosiveness and creativity.
Today was one of those days when you sat back and thought about the potential of this 17-year-old future superstar.
Jose Enrique, Liverpool: A+
Jose Enrique hit Luis Suarez with a nice through ball for the second goal of the game. Then he followed it up with a goal of his own.
Enrique has established himself as one of the better left-backs in the English Premier League, and his progression continued on Saturday.
Arouna Kone, Wigan Athletic: C-
Arouna Kone was one of the few Wigan Athletic players who did anything at all on Saturday. He recorded a shot on goal but also committed three fouls and was offside once.
It wasn't the best performance from Kone—and Wigan collectively—in the second half, and the Latics were bombarded by Liverpool.
Franco Di Santo, Wigan Athletic: C
One of the bright spots, if there is a bright spot in a result like this, was Franco Di Santo. He forced two fouls and produced a shot on target.
Di Santo and Wigan had no chance in the second half, as Liverpool played free and open football while taking some chances. They were the more aggressive team in the second half, and it paid off.
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