Looking for our 5th successive win in the Premiership, Liverpool could only manage a draw against the relegation threaten Wigan at Anfield. The result not only ended Liverpool’s best run of successive 4 wins this season but also dented the Reds chances to stage a late comeback of finishing in top 4.
The match saw an impressive full debut of striker Luis Suarez with captain Steven Gerrard and Daniel Agger both unavailable for the match due to injuries.
The visitors started the game brighter and looked threatening in their attack going forward with Wigan’s two wide men N’Zorpia and Moses calling for Jamie and Skrtel to do some early defending. Liverpool never got going as there was a lot of incomplete passes early on the game. On the 24th minute eventually, Liverpool pressed forward as Aurelio’s deflected crossed found Raul Meireles in around the 16 yard from goal. The Portuguese internationally volleying with his right foot pass the Wigan goalkeeper to score his 5th goal in 6 matches importantly giving Liverpool the lead in the match. Suarez who looked impressive the whole match was a tag unfortunate not to get his second Liverpool goal in as many matches as his shot rebound off the goal post. Wigan looked exciting going forward the whole match and even after going to goal down they kept pressing and attacking the Liverpool goal. There were spells in the first half where Liverpool looked to press on but some poor understanding in the midfield and some lethargic passing meant the Liverpool went into the break only a goal to the good.
The story of second half was no different to the first as Wigan started the brighter of the two sides and looked more certain to score the equalizer. The inability to kill the game for good and not scoring the second meant Liverpool always gave Wigan to chance to come back into the game which they took in 65th minute when Gohouri scored from 2 yards from a pass from N’Zorpia. Liverpool conceding a goal for the first time after 4 games. Liverpool did create few chances after that and really went for the winner. Luis Suarez who saw his free kick rattled off the cross bar denied for the second time in the match importantly Liverpool which could have been the winner.
Overall it looked a very tired and exhausted performance by the players which could be understood due to the midweek international fixtures. Kelly once again had a bright game but the real talking point was the performance of Suarez and the fans couldn’t have asked for anything more what Suarez did through out the match. His work rate was impressive and was really unfortunate not to get atleast a goal if not two to his name. He certainly did enough to win the hearts of the Liverpool fans.
Liverpool has been impressive lately picking 14 out of 21 available points under King Kenny. The defense looks good with Liverpool clean sheet in 4 games under Kenny and going forward scoring 11. Liverpool must try to win and pick up as many points as possible till the end of the season to get the confidence and belief back in the players and the fans. It’s certainly looking good for Liverpool and I can only hope it would get better.
That’s all for me for now, until next time from me Prathamesh goodbye.