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February 12, 2011
• Anfield, Liverpool
Referee: K. Friend
• Attendance: 44609
Raul Meireles 24'
S. Gohouri 65'
Well it's all over here at Anfield folks. Liverpool looked to have the win in their sights, but just couldn't hold on to their delicate lead and would have possibly took full honors if it wasn't for their sloppy defending and missed chances. Wigan deserve their point as they fought very, but the result sees them still in the bottom three for now. Thanks for joining Goal.com and hope to see you next time.
90' + 1'
The hosts have a great chance to win the game after Aurelio puts the ball into the Wigan box for Skrtel to rise and meet it with his head from close-range, but his effort is too high and goes safely out for a goal-kick.
Liverpool are running into all sorts of problems now as Aurelio and Jovanavic miscommunicate as the latter completely misses a pass laid on to him by the Brazilian winger.
The pressure is mounting from the home-side and Wigan look to be happy with taking a point from this game. Maxi makes makes a poor decision to pass to Suarez instead of shoot in the box and the former Ajax man sends his shot over the bar.
Liverpool are looking very fustrated as the team fail to put any sort of move together and look for a winner. Substitute N'Gog doesn't look to be having much of an impact on the game and the reds need more in the attacking third if they want to get the full three points from this game.
Reina is making all kinds of mistakes in his area as he is beaten to a high ball by Rodallega who manages to flick it just over the top and then the Spainish keeper puts out a short-ball for the unsuspecting Skrtel.
Yellow Card Gary Caldwell
Suarez looks like the only man that can get Liverpool all three points. The striker takes on the Wgan defence skipping past defender after defender, but his final touch is lacking as he chases ball after a heavy touch and scuffs the ball across the face of goal.
The Lactic's equaliser has Liverpool shocked and rattled; the Anfield outfit are struggling to create any cohesive football between themselves as passes go stray andattcking moves are easily broken down.
Goal S. Gohouri
Goal!!!! Wigan finally get their equaliser. N'Zogbia crosses in from the left which meets a terribly organised Liverpool defence and Gohouri comes into the space unmarked to hit the ball home from close range.
Yellow Card Jamie Carragher
In pushing for Liverpool's second goal, Suarez squanders possession as he is met by three Wigan defenders and N'Zogbia storms up field to attempt the counter-attack, but the rest of the Lactics team fails to show his initiative and fail to give their support to the move.
Following a foul on new addition N'Gog by Alcaraz, Aurelio steps up to the resulting free-kick that is place around 25-yards out, but his effort sails well over Al Habsi's goal.
Yellow Card A. Alcáraz
Maxi takes advatage of Caldwell's effort to put N'Zogbia though on goal and charges into his opponents box, but the angle is too tight for the Argentinian and Al Habsi is able to make the save and put it out for a corner.
Roberto Martinez's men don't look like slowing down; Victor Moses, Wigan's man of the moment, manages to keep Aurelio off him long enough to strike the ball toward Reina's goal, but lacks any sort of direction and goes wide.
And it's the visitors that almost get the first goal of the second half. Moses again attacks down the left getting off a powerful low cross to the front of the Liverpool goal leaving Rodallega to poke it in, but Skrtel gets there just in time to put it out and Wigan are left still looking for an equaliser.
Wigan get the game back under way and will be trying to pry themselves back into a match dominated by half-chances.
45' + 2'
So it's Liverpool who goes into their dressing room as the team in front thanks to yet another Raul Meireles goal, but Wigan have clawed their way back into the match during the last minutes of this half and just need a little bit more conviction in their attacking play to break down their hosts.
Moses again challenges Kelly on the left wing and this time wins a free-kick that was possible a little played for on Moses' part. The resulting set-piece fails to find any attacking Wigan player in the area and Reina punches out.
It's all Wigan as the first 45 minutes are about to conclude; Watson attempts another long-range attempt that almost turns into a pass for Rodallega, but Carragher is there to clear.
The visitors are beginning to show some initiative in the closing minutes of this first-half as Moses sprints down the left side, pushing Kelly back towards his own area, but the young full-back stays strong and keeps the attacking Moses at bay once again.
A near disaster for Lucas as he takes far too long on the ball and is caught in possesion by Diame who attempts to run on to the loose ball, but the Brazilian midfielder gets there just in time to get a faint touch that is aimed for Reina.
Meireles nearly doubles his tally after a mistake by Caldwell led to a throw-in that found the midfielder in space who struck it from all of 25 yards out and comes close to scrapping the bar.
Liverpool continue to hit their free-kicks low as Aurelio hits in another towards the Wigan box, but the ball travels right under Suarez's foot and safely into the hands of the waiting Al Habsi.
Yellow Card S. Gohouri
Suarez shows Liverpool what he's worth as he dummys a shot after moving smoothly into the area and follows up with a delicate curling effort that just glances the outside of the post.
Goal Raúl Meireles
Goal!!! Meireles gets his name on the scoresheet yet again and continues his fantastic form. Wigan fail to clear their lines from a Liverpool attack and Aurelio is there to float a cross into the Portuguese international who strikes it on the volley past the helpless keeper.
Al Habsi is required to stop a Liverpool attack through his own error. An effort from Kuyt is fumbled and the Dutchman whips in another quick shot, but the Wigan keeper is able to smoother the ball.
The hosts are slowly but surely finding their way into the game as Meireles, Kuyt and Suarez team together to work the ball and Liverpool's new boy nearly finds his way through on goal, but a free-kick against Wigan all the visitors can manage to do to stop him in his tracks.
Suarez is showing his pace as he begins to work the channels nicely, but fails to find any way around Figueroa and the danger is overted.
Carragher comes to Liverpool's rescue again after a dangerous sweeping ball from Watson finds its way into the box, but the stopper is alert enough to get it away.
Kenny Dalglish's side look for a patient build-up and force two corners in as many minutes, but both come to nothing. Liverpool are showing Wigan that they mean business though with positive attacking play.
A free-kick for the Latics on the right side goes long to the back-post towards Caldwell who is unable to get off a proper shot, which is blocked by Carragher and out for a corner.
And we're off at Anfield as Liverpool kick-off.
The home side are awarded an early free-kick which Aurelio takes, but fails to find any height and is headed away safely without pressure from the home side's forwards.
Wgan line-up: Al Habsi, Gohouri, Gary Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa, N'Zogbia, Watson, McCarthy, Diame, Moses, Rodallega. Subs: Pollitt, Di Santo, Steven Caldwell, Gomez, Cleverley, McArthur, Stam.
Liverpool Line-up: Reina, Kelly, Carragher, Skrtel, Johnson, Maxi, Lucas, Meireles, Aurelio, Suarez, Kuyt. Subs: Gulacsi, Pacheco, Jovanovic, Kyrgiakos, Wilson, Ngog, Poulsen.
Welcome to Goal.com's live coverage of Liverpool against Wigan at Anfield. The home side will be looking to grab their fifth win in a row following on from last weekend's victory over Chelsea as they try to cement their place in the top places of the league. Wigan come to Merseyside after a seven goal thriller against Blackburn and will look to upset the revolution at Anfield.
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