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November 17, 2012 3:00 PM GMT
Anfield — Liverpool
Referee:‬ K. Friend‎
Attendance:‬ 44913‎
 
47′ Luis Suárez
 
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Player Ratings: Liverpool 3-0 Wigan

Luis Suarez produced yet another masterclass as the Merseyside outfit put on their most convincing performance at Anfield in some time against Roberto Martinez's men

By David Lynch at Anfield

  • Pepe Reina
    211
    4
    3.00

    Pepe Reina

    Rarely tested beyond doing well to hold a powerful Kone effort in the first half.

  • Glen Johnson
    206
    2
    3.00

    Glen Johnson

    Back into the swing of things at left-back. Provided his usual attacking menace with some excellent crossing and defended well.

  • José Enrique
    311
    7
    3.50

    José Enrique

    Wasteful with the ball for much of the first half but provided a brilliant through ball for Suarez to double the Reds' lead. Went on to score himself after that confidence boost whilst producing his best performance for the club in some time.

  • Daniel Agger
    222
    4
    3.00

    Daniel Agger

    Looked rock solid in defence as ever and passed the ball well from the back.

  • Martin Skrtel
    203
    8
    3.00

    Martin Skrtel

    Had little to do at the back but marshalled Kone and Di Santo with ease when he needed to.

  • Andre Wisdom
    185
    8
    3.00

    Andre Wisdom

    Kept things simple with the ball but defended well down the right-hand side.

  • Steven Gerrard
    211
    6
    3.00

    Steven Gerrard

    Pushed his team on despite not making any significant attacking contributions. Forced to battle by Wigan's industrious midfield and was well up to the task.

  • Joe Allen
    195
    16
    3.00

    Joe Allen

    Fought brilliantly when challenged physically and passed the ball much more crisply than in recent weeks.

  • Suso
    204
    5
    3.00

    Suso

    Made some dangerous runs and had a blistering shot palmed away by Al-Habsi but was subbed on the half-hour, presumably due to injury.

  • Raheem Sterling
    262
    7
    3.50

    Raheem Sterling

    Bullied out of the game in the first half but improved vastly in the second, dragging the Latics' defence everywhere.

  • Luis Suárez
    348
    4
    4.00

    Luis Suárez Top of the Match

    Another performance of utter genius. Struggled somewhat in the first half, as did the rest of his team, but turned it on the second to score twice and torment the Wigan defence.

Substitutions

  • Jamie Carragher
    143
    5

    Jamie Carragher

    Replaced Agger late on and kept things ticking over at the back.

  • Jordan Henderson
    237
    17
    3.00

    Jordan Henderson

    His enthusiasm, possibly borne out the threat to his position at the club, was entirely evident. Worked incredibly hard after coming on.

  • Jonjo Shelvey
    134
    12

    Jonjo Shelvey

    Replaced Suarez late in the game to give the Uruguayan a well-deserved standing ovation.

  • Ali Al Habsi
    20
    25
    2.50

    Ali Al Habsi

    Had little chance with the first two goals but palmed Sterling's shot into the path of Enrique for the third.

  • Gary Caldwell
    5
    26
    2.50

    Gary Caldwell

    Looked so solid in the first half but dragged all over the pitch in the second as the visitors struggled.

  • Emmerson Boyce
    3
    24
    2.50

    Emmerson Boyce

    Should have had an easier afternoon up against makeshift winger Jose Enrique but was regularly beaten on the outside.

  • Iván Ramis
    2
    26
    2.50

    Iván Ramis

    Committed some cynical, intelligent fouls to break up Liverpool's flow in the first period. Given the run around by Suarez for much of the second, though.

  • Maynor Figueroa
    2
    29
    2.00

    Maynor Figueroa

    Destroyed by Sterling in the lead up to the opener, though wasn't helped by a poor back pass. Seemed to lose his confidence after that and struggled.

  • James McCarthy
    5
    24
    2.50

    James McCarthy

    Played a large part in stopping Liverpool playing at the start of the game, but was dominated by Gerrard and Allen in the end.

  • Ben Watson
    10
    23
    3.00

    Ben Watson

    Came off second best after a clash with Raheem Sterling and had to be subbed in the first half.

  • Jean Beausejour
    7
    31
    3.00

    Jean Beausejour

    Did a good job getting up and down the left, pushing Wisdom back as much as possible.

  • Arouna Kone
    20
    21
    3.00

    Arouna Kone

    Has a few tricks up his sleeve and needed that as he fought an almost lone battle against the Reds' defence. Needed help from his team-mates and did not get it.

  • Franco Di Santo
    5
    39
    2.00

    Franco Di Santo Flop of the Match

    Had little to feed on but showed no touches of note to encourage his team to hit him into feet. Anonymous.

  • Shaun Maloney
    7
    25
    2.50

    Shaun Maloney

    Threatened on the break occasionally with his trickery but fought a losing battle against the tidy Wisdom.

Substitutions

  • David Jones
    2
    25
    2.00

    David Jones

    Thrown in at the deep end after Watson's withdrawal and failed to cope with Henderson's excellent movement, allowing his midfield foe plenty of time on the ball.

  • Jordi Gómez
    3
    23

    Jordi Gómez

    Did not have enough time to influence the game bar shooting well wide of Reina's left-hand post with five minutes remaining.

  • Ryo Miyaichi
    16
    22
    2.50

    Ryo Miyaichi

    Another player introduced when the game was effectively up. Did little to change the flow of the game, which was an almost impossible task to begin with.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Manchester United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0