Ali Al Habsi
The Omani goalkeeper had a fine game, he was equal to everything Liverpool threw at him and that was everything but the kitchen sink. He made close range saves in the first half from Henderson, Skrtel, Kuyt, Johnson and Adam to keep his side in the game. He continued his wonderful night with a fantastic penalty save from Adam in the 51st minute, diving low to his left and palming the ball away.
The Latics skipper sat in the middle of the three central defenders and marshalled Figueroa and Alcaraz well, he was strong in the air and keen to get the ball and start another Wigan passing move. He struggled with the pace of Suarez and Kuyt but he showed excellent anticipation to ensure that he was able to deny the chance. He was punished for a clear handball in the 50th from a Suarez over head kick but will have breathed a huge sigh of relief when Al Habsi saved Adam’s spot kick.
He was expected to play as more of a right wing back but the pressure put on the Wigan defence by Liverpool meant that he spent the majority of the game as a right full back. He stuck very close to Downing and tried to restrict the crossing opportunities of the winger. Going forward he lonked well with Gomez and McCarthy but together they were unable to really threaten the Liverpool defence.
He looks solid at centre half despite being a natural left back and worked well alongside Caldwell. He had to cope with the runs of Kuyt down the right and the overlapping runs from Johnson which he supported Jones well in to deny the visitors a free cross into the penalty area.
The central defender had a busy evening trying to deal with the movement of Suarez, Kuyt and Downing plus the late runs of Maxi and at times he was caught for pace which led to chances for Henderson and Skrtel.
He is certainly settling into life in the Premier League and looks better every time I see him play. He has plenty of skill to beat a player, has excellent awareness and links up very well with Moses in the attacking third of the pitch. He tested Reina with some good long range efforts but his compatriot was always equal to it.
Left wing back is definitely not his position but he performed admirably against a regular onslaught down the Liverpool right wing. His passing and link up play were excellent but his lack of pace meant he was not able to beat his man and needed to come inside more which hindered Wigan’s attacks.
The midfielder was Wigan’s liveliest performer as he worked hard to break up Liverpool attacks and threaten the Reds goal in attack with some good long range efforts.
The spark in everything Wigan did well, his pace and skill really worried Liverpool and on another day he could have earned his side a penalty and scored a wonder goal. He was unlucky not to be awarded a penalty after a trip by Skrtel early in the second half, he beat the Slovakian with some neat skill and was definitely caught but his appeals were waved away. Later in the half he embarked on a great solo run from his own penalty area but his resulting shot was punched away by Reina.
The Irishman will have wanted to impress against a club he has been linked with for a long time but he struggled to get into the game that Liverpool’s midfield performed so well in.
The striker had a tough evening on his own up front against the impressive Agger and Skrtel. He did use his strength and height well to cause problems in the Liverpool area and with nsome better control could have found himself in some dangerous positions. Was replaced by Di Santo after an hour.
The Spanish keeper was kept busy by the counter attacks sprung by Wigan and was equal to everything that the Latics fired at him. He made good saves from Sammon, Diame and Moses in the first half and kept out long range efforts from Gomez and Moses in the second period.
The defender had a good evening against Sammon who he kept reasonably quiet with some close marking and good anticipation. When he was beaten by the striker he was able to recover in time to clear the danger.
He was keen to get forward whenever he could and he caused plenty of problems down the left wing for the Wigan defence. The defensive side of his own game was very strong, he stayed very close to Moses and Gomez as the switched wings and used his pace to stay close to both men.
He had an excellent start to the game and regularly powered forward down the right hand side to give Liverpool another option going forward. He found himself in a fantastic position midway through the half but was denied by the legs of Al Habsi. Defensively he was given a tough time by Johnson and struggled with the trickery of the winger who beat him on a number of occasions.
The Slovakian was lucky not to concede a penalty in the first half as he made contact with Moses but referee Mike Oliver did not feel it was a trip. Otherwise he had a comfortable game against the lone Wigan striker, he worked well with Agger and even showed an attacking threat but he saw a low shot easily saved by Al Habsi.
Had his best game for Liverpool since his summer move, he looked calm in possession and marshalled the Reds midfield very well. He showed excellent awareness as he read the Wigan attacks well and going forward he had much more purpose in what he did.
The Scot was very good in midfield as he used his experience, skill and strength to dominate the middle of the park. He sprayed passes around nicely and linked well with Henderson in what was a very effective partnership. He was unlucky not to open the scoring in the first half with two good chances but his best opportunity came in the 51st minute but he saw his penalty kick saved by Al Habsi.
Not as effective as he could have been but some of the things he did were very nice and very good. He regularly switched wings with Kuyt but he didn’t have too much success beating the Wigan defenders.
He had a fairly quiet game in an role just behind Suarez, he did link nicely with the Uruguayan but when he was presented with an opportunity he wasted a couple of good chances. He was marked closely by Diame and struggled to get away from the Latics’ midfielders attentions. He was replaced by Bellamy in the 72nd minute.
The Uruguayan was the man everyone was talking about and his performance was impressive given everything that happened before kick off. He was full of energy, pulling the Wigan defenders every which way and his creative spark nearly created chances for all of his attacking team mates. He didn’t really have a clear sight of goal to celebrate a goal, but that didn’t stop the Liverpool fans chanting his name throughout the match. He was replaced by Carroll in the 87th minute.
A busy performance from the forward but one that didn’t have the goal he probably deserved. However he only has himself to blame for that, he was found by Downing in the 26th minute but missed from five yards in an unmarked position. His work ethic gave Liverpool lots of options going forward and after all his hard work he was replaced by Shelvey in the 72nd minute.
- 12 M. Pollitt
- 24 Piscu
- 7 Crusat
Replaced Jones in the 73rd minute and was a calming influence in the midfield
- 16 J. McArthur
Replaced Gomez in 73 and could have won the game in the 86th minute as he rose to meet a Moses cross but his header was deflected wide.
F. Di Santo
Replaced Sammon after an hour and made a nuisance of himself but didn't get a chance to score.
- 32 Doni
- 23 J. Carragher
- 16 S. Coates
- 34 M. Kelly
The youngster replaced Kuyt in the 72nd minute and worked hard but never really found the killer pass to create a Liverpool goal.
The striker replaced Suarez with three minutes to play but had little impact.
Full of running when he replaced Maxi in the 72nd minute but he was closely marked by Stam, meaning he was unable to have much influence on the game.