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  • 17 November 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Anfield, Liverpool
  • Referee: K. Friend
  • • Attendance: 44913
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Liverpool - Wigan Preview: Reds chase third win of season to extend unbeaten run to seven

Roberto Martinez was nearly appointed Anfield manager over the summer, and will be hoping for a repeat of last season's famous win, with the Merseysiders in decent form

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

LIVERPOOL
Liverpool
Reina
Wisdom, Skrtel, Agger, Johnson
Gerrard, Allen, Sahin
Suso, Suarez, Sterling

WIGAN
  Wigan Athletic
Al-Habsi
Ramis, Caldwell, Figueroa
Boyce, Watson, McCarthy, Beausejour
Maloney
Kone, Di Santo

Brendan Rodgers has a selection headache ahead of Liverpool's game at home to Wigan on Saturday with Pepe Reina pushing for a recall in goal in place of Brad Jones after recovering from a hamstring problem.

Jonjo Shelvey (knee) and Martin Skrtel (virus) should return after missing last weekend's trip to Stamford Bridge, while Daniel Agger is confident of overcoming a groin strain to play, after pulling out of the Denmark squad in midweek.

Fabio Borini (foot) and Martin Kelly (knee) both remain absent for the Reds, and the game will come too soon for Lucas Leiva (thigh) after he returned to training earlier this week.

Wigan hope to welcome back on loan Arsenal winger Ryo Miyaichi ahead of their trip to Anfield following a groin injury, but James McArthur (thigh) remains doubtful.

Ali Al-Habsi is fit, despite concerns over a shoulder injury he picked up against West Brom, after playing for Oman during the week, as Roberto Martinez is expected to name an unchaged side for the third Premier League game in a row.

Antolin Alcaraz (groin) and Albert Crusat (knee) both remain long-term absentees for the Latics.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Liverpool have failed to beat Wigan in each of their last five meetings, with their last win coming on 16 December 2009.
  • Luis Suarez has scored eight Premier League goals so far this season. He did not reach that tally until April last year.
  • The Uruguayan has either scored or assisted 11 of Liverpool's 14 goals in the League this season, and has scored in each of his last four games.
  • Roberto Martinez's side's victory over the Reds at Anfield last season was Wigan's first ever away win against Liverpool.
  • Shaun Maloney scored his first goal for the Latics in the fixture last season. It was his first goal in English football since Boxing Day 2007.
  • Arouna Kone (pictured right) was a member of the PSV side that faced Liverpool four times in the 2006-07 Champions League season. Kone featured in three of the games as the Dutch side lost three and drew one.
  • The referee for Saturday's game is Kevin Friend. He took charge of this fixture back in 2010-11 when Raul Meireles' opener for the Reds were cancelled out by Steve Gohouri.

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Available Squads
25Pepe ReinaGoalkeeper
2Glen JohnsonDefender
3José EnriqueDefender
5Daniel AggerDefender
37Martin SkrtelDefender
47Andre Wisdom Defender
8Steven GerrardMidfielder
24Joe AllenMidfielder
30SusoMidfielder
31Raheem SterlingMidfielder
9Luis SuárezStriker
1Bradley JonesGoalkeeper
16Sebastián CoatesDefender
23Jamie CarragherDefender
18Nuri SahinMidfielder
10Joe ColeMidfielder
14Jordan HendersonMidfielder
8Jonjo ShelveyMidfielder
26Ali Al HabsiGoalkeeper
5Gary CaldwellDefender
17Emmerson BoyceDefender
21Iván RamisDefender
3Maynor FigueroaDefender
16James McCarthyMidfielder
8Ben WatsonMidfielder
11Jean BeausejourMidfielder
9Arouna KoneStriker
9Franco Di SantoStriker
10Shaun MaloneyStriker
12Mike PollittGoalkeeper
-Ronnie StamDefender
19David JonesMidfielder
15Jordi GómezMidfielder
19Ryo MiyaichiStriker
15Callum McManamanStriker
-Mauro BoselliStriker
Players to Watch
Pepe Reina
Pepe Reina
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 25
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Spaniard's form has been below par in recent months, and for the first time Liverpool fans are beginning to question Reina's place as the club's first-choice keeper, with some welcoming rumoured interest from Arsenal. Deputy Brad Jones has impressed during Reina's recent spell on the sidelines through injury, so the ex-Villarreal goalkeeper will have a point to prove if he is to change fans' opinion that the Australian has done enough to warrant being kept as the Reds' No.1.
Franco Di Santo
Franco Di Santo
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

When a nation can boast the attacking talents of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez, Gonzalo Higuain, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Diego Milito, for Franco Di Santo to come on and make his international debut for Argentina during the week was truly something special. The 23-year-old, who has already scored three times in 10 league appearances so far this season, will no doubt be full of confidence and hopeful of taking advantage of the uncertainty surrounding Liverpool’s goalkeeping situation.

Prediction

Wigan picked up a famous win at Anfield last season and also secured another impressive victory in their last away game at Tottenham. The Reds have won just twice in the league this season compared to the Latics three wins, but have been tough to beat recently and, with Luis Suarez in lethal form, should grab all three points in this one.

Editor's Prediction
Wigan 1

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