Wigan Athletic 0-4 Liverpool: Three Points for Reds, Three Goals for Suarez
Live Premier League commentary
Stewart Downing (LIV) 1', Luis Suarez (LIV) 17', Luis Suarez (LIV) 33', Luis Suarez (LIV) 48'.
Wigan: Al-Habsi, Scharner, Caldwell (Alcaraz), Figueroa, Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour (McManaman), Maloney, Di Santo (Espinoza), Kone.
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Jose Enrique, Agger, Carragher, Lucas, Allen, Gerrard, Downing, Coutinho (Henderson), Suarez.
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Full time from the DW Stadium
Wigan Athletic 0
Liverpool 4 (Downing, Suarez 3)
MOTM: Luis Suarez
Full time, and a thoroughly convincing win for the Reds. Wigan, in short, were extremely poor.
The Reds were ahead within a minute and a half as Coutinho skipped past a challenge down the left and crossed for Downing to head home from close range.
Within 15 minutes Coutinho was the architect again as he evaded men in midfield and played in Suarez to fire home for 2-0, and already Wigan were looking forlorn and beaten. A deflected free kick from Suarez made it 3-0 just after the half hour mark, leaving Wigan boss Roberto Martinez a big job to turn his side around at half time.
Whatever he said clearly didn't work though; just three minutes after the restart Suarez had his third, Liverpool's fourth, and the points in the bag. A great run from Glen Johnson enabled him to free the forward into the area, and he slotted past Al-Habsi with ease. Wigan valiantly continued to play football for the rest of the match without creating too many chances on goal, though Pepe Reina made three or four saves over the course of the game to preserve his own clean sheet.
An easy win for Liverpool, and desperate times at home once again for Wigan.
Wigan Athletic 0 Liverpool 4
90+1'—Wigan passing the ball around, looking for one more chance on goal, before the final whistle goes. You'll Never Walk Alone rings out around the ground as the away fans celebrate the win. McCarthy sees the ball drop to him, more than 25 yards out, but his shot clears the crossbar by some distance.
Two minutes to be added on
89'—Reina shouting at his defenders as they prepare to defend another corner. Liverpool's forwards have done their job, now the defence want to keep their clean sheet.
88'—OFF THE LINE! Agger heads back across goal off the corner and Henderson nods towards goal, only for MCarthy to chest and clear the ball off the goal line.
87'—A misplaced back-header from Scharner evades Al-Habsi and it's behind for a corner. Liverpool looking for a fifth...
86'—Into the final few minutes of the game and the score remains as it was just a couple of minutes after half time; Wigan 0, Liverpool 4. A very comfortable away three points for the Reds today.
84'—Late tackle by Espinoza on Allen, but no card shown. Probably worthy of a yellow card there.
82'—Here come Liverpool at pace as they look for a fifth and they almost have a chance to do so—but the ball is cleared before Gerrard or Allen can find a shot.
81'—So looking ahead, how does this change Liverpool's fortunes for European qualification next season? They need a top-six finish to manage it, and are currently three points off that marker. Arsenal and Spurs meet tomorrow, then Liverpool play Spurs next week. Who will they be closest to after that little lot?
80'—Steven Gerrard bursts into the area on the right side and tries to deliver a spectacular volley on the run, but only finds about row Z in the crowd. A Liverpool fan heads the ball back down to the pitch, to widespread cheers.
79'—Plenty of Wigan fans already streaming out of the ground. They won't be impressed with what they've seen today, but they have 10 more matches to secure their league safety.
77'—The Reds still have two changes available to them but Brendan Rodgers isn't looking like he's anxious to make any changes yet.
McManaman gets past Jose Enrique on the right and crosses, before Maloney does the same on the other side—but it hits Kone's heel and runs behind.
74'—Liverpool supporters amusing themselves in this second half by bringing out plenty of the old songs, with tributes to past players and successes. In truth, not too much going on on the pitch to distract them.
71'—A little under 20 minutes to go in the game which looks pretty much over. Liverpool content to let Wigan play with the ball until they reach around the edge of the penalty box, and then counter at pace. Not too many chances at either end since the fourth goal went in.
69'—Agger strides forward into midfield and slides a through-ball for Suarez to run onto, but it's just slightly ahead of him.
Liverpool sub: Jordan Henderson on for Philippe Coutinho.
66'—Reina is called upon again to make a good save after a header from Maloney at the far post. Wigan searching for a goal which would get them on the scoresheet, but they're a long way from challenging for a point in this game.
66'—It's just crossed in this time, and Carragher makes a good header to clear for the Reds.
65'—Lucas barges Maloney to the ground and it's another free kick. Maloney himself is lining this one up. It's 25 yards out again, and towards the left edge of the penalty area.
63'—Wigan still trying to build a few more chances and Espinoza is getting on the ball in the middle, but Liverpool making the most of the spaces which crop up afterwards. Coutinho looking busy and Gerrard getting involved more too.
Wigan sub: McManaman on for Beausejour
60'—Nice possession play again from Liverpool as they build from the back before Coutinho releases Gerrard on the right, but his cross is headed away from danger.
58'—Coutinho does well to keep hold of the ball with three Wigan midfielders trying to close him down, and James McArthur simply goes crunching through the back of him and is duly booked.
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