Was given no chance in saving Maloney’s first-half penalty, with the striker placing the ball neatly to the Spaniard’s right side. Had little to do until Wigan’s winner, when Caldwell jinked past Carroll and finished well to secure the points for the Latics.
Started encouragingly, bursting down the wing whilst staying true to his defensive duties with some crunching tackles. Was one of the Reds’ better players.
Another tepid display from the Spaniard who rarely lit-up the game and didn’t do enough to get Liverpool moving down the left wing.
Kept the defence disciplined for most of the match, but slip-ups saw Wigan take full advantage, with the Reds’ defenders out of position. The veteran could have had a penalty against him after a missed handball, but failing to react to his illegitimate block led to Wigan’s second.
The Slovakian defender was the main culprit for Wigan’s opener, kicking Moses in the chin attempting a clumsy clearance in the Reds’ box. Let his temper ruin his game as the match progressed and his tackles gave Wigan too many free-kicks.
Came off at half-time for Carroll after a rather drab display that saw some poor passing and little momentum.
Suspect passing in the early moments left his team-mates frustrated, especially Flanagan, who might have gone through on goal if the winger would have supplied a more accurate ball. Again his display added little to Liverpool's came and was duly substituted.
Not the kind of football we’ve seen from the often volatile midfielder who contributed well at times but didn’t do enough to help get the team back in the game.
The skipper’s assist to Suarez for Liverpool’s goal was magical, but was the only highlight of a pretty luke-warm performance and the veteran’s passing was unusually straight forward and lacked a spark.
The most productive man on the field for the hosts who looked lively from the start and would have had Liverpool back on par with Wigan before the break if it wasn’t for great keeping from Al Habsi. The early moments of the second half brought about two contrasting moments for the striker, the first scoring the Reds’ equaliser with a great snap-shot past the Latics’ keeper from Gerrard’s assist. The next came when it looked as though the Uruguayan had put the hosts ahead, but his apparent goal was disallowed after it was revealed he punched the ball into the back of the net.
A slightly absent member of the Liverpool set-up who made little contribution to the match and looked to have a hard time out on the wing having started up front with Suarez.
Ali Al Habsi
Pulled off some great saves, one especially good stop coming from a long-distance effort by Suarez that was pushed wide at the far-post. Didn’t have much say in the Reds’ equaliser, with the Uruguayan’s snap-shot swiftly passing the Oman international. Did brilliantly as the game progressed, making several more close-range stops and was Wigan’s best man on the field.
Kept Downing out of the game for most of the match and restricted Liverpool’s attacking capabilities in the air.
Did a great job with Caldwell in the middle for most parts, but poor marking of Suarez enabled the striker to grab an equaliser from close-range.
Didn’t have much trouble from Kuyt after the attacker switched to the wing and effectively halted the Dutchman’s progress up the field.
Had defended admirably all game and in the second-half produced the defining moment of the match after receiving the ball in the box following a blocked shot, he jinked round Carroll to slot the ball calmly passed Reina for Wigan’s second.
Only lasted until shortly before the break after his clash with Skrtel in the box, having not contributed particularly much when on the pitch.
Not a particularly effective display from the former Birmingham man and was substituted in the second-half.
Had a decent game, especially in the second-half as Liverpool allowed Wigan to boss the midfield with silky passing, but often lacked attacking instinct to get the ball further up the pitch.
Good passing and positive spirit saw for a good day in the middle.
F. Di Santo
The striker did reasonably well up top to keep play moving and allowed for his fellow attackers to gain good positions in the Liverpool box, but did little to test Reina.
- 32 Doni
- 16 S. Coates
- 6 Fábio Aurélio
Arrived late in the game and failed to work hard enough to get Liverpool back in the game.
The 17-year-old made his bow into Premier League football at the death and looked energetic during his short time in the game.
Came on at half-time, but couldn’t inspire Liverpool to victory.
- 36 N. Eccleston