Liverpool FC: Player Ratings for Liverpool's Win over Wigan
Liverpool finally hit the goal trail against a Wigan side that can have no complaints over the scoreline. A lacklustre first half had many of the Anfield faithful dreading the second, but the Reds turned on the style, and led by Luis Suarez, Brendan Rodger's side finally delivered a second-half performance nearing their best.
Here are the player ratings for the Reds against Wigan.
Goalkeeper: Pepe Reina
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Pepe Reina was not called into any significant action against the Latics, but his return into the side gave the Reds a noticeable improvement in steadiness.
Right- and Left-Back: Andre Wisom and Glen Johnson
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Andre Wisdom put some previous defensive errors out of his mind to deliver a solid performance. Beausejour was poor, and some of the credit must go to the young right-back for his subdued outing. In attack, Wisdom was effective in providing width, but there was nothing noteworthy.
Glen Johnson was effective offensively with Enrique and defensively solid, as he has been all season.
Andre Wisdom: 6.5
Glen Johnson: 7
Centre-Backs: Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger
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Liverpool's centre-back pairing remained solid when required to, shutting out Wigan's offensive threat in Arouna Kone and, by doing so, forcing Wigan into speculative strikes from distance (8 of 10 shots came from outside the area).
Daniel Agger also provided an offensive threat at times with his trademark runs into the opposition area.
Overall, a successful day at the office for the centre-backs.
Centre Defensive Midfielder: Joe Allen
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Joe Allen has slipped from being Liverpool's best midfielder at the start of the season to a somewhat ineffective one. Allen has allowed a few errors sneak into his game, and though it didn't affect Liverpool against Wigan, against Swansea and Tottenham away from home, his errors could be costly.
Nevertheless, Allen still contributed to the team in ball retention and positioning. By no means an awful performance, but far from his best.
Midfielders: Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson (and Suso)
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Gerrard, like Allen, was not particularly awe-inspiring, not for the first time this season. Playing in an offensive, box-to-box midfielder role, one would have expected to see more of Gerrard in and around the final third, but this was not the case.
Gerrard distributed his passes with his usual excellent effectiveness, but aside from a few passes and dribbles, his contribution to the side was limited.
For this reason, I would prefer to see Gerrard in Joe Allen's role, so he can dictate proceedings while Allen takes Gerrard's role as the playmaker.
Jordan Henderson came on for Suso (who cannot be rated due to lack of playing time) in an extremely early tactical switch, and he staked his claim for more regular starting spots. His energy and willingness to both defend and attack was applauded by the Anfield faithful on more than one occasion, and his passing was effective, too.
Steven Gerrard: 6.5
Jordan Henderson: 7.5
Attackers: Raheem Sterling, Luis Suarez and Jose Enrique
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The front three had a field day in the second half at Anfield.
Raheem Sterling had a key part in two of the three Liverpool goals, as did Jose Enrique and Luis Suarez.
Sterling's interception led to his assist of Luis Suarez's first goal, and his blocked shot allowed Jose Enrique to score his first in red.
Jose Enrique, as mentioned above, scored, but also provided Suarez with his second with a delightful run and threaded ball.
Luis Suarez was against exceptional, scoring two fantastic goals and going close to getting a hat-trick.
It looks as if Jose Enrique is relishing is role as left-winger. Some might recall the similar transformation Gareth Bale made to become the player he is today. Let's hope for the same from the speedy Spaniard, who has a real claim to become the third in Liverpool's attacking three.
Luis Suarez was exceptional yet again, I run out of superlatives to describe the Uruguayan, who now tops the goalscoring charts. Even when he wasn't scoring, the movement in and around (and usually past) defenders was astounding.
Raheem Sterling: 7.5
Luis Suarez: 8.5
Jose Enrique: 8.5*
*Man of the match.