Raul Meireles scores once again for Liverpool...
A side clearly suffering from fatigue yesterday meant that Liverpool could only muster a draw against Wigan Athletic. With key men Daniel Agger and Steven Gerrard unavailable plus several players only just back from international duty, the match took its toll into the second half and by 90minutes, 1-1 was probably a fair result.
A first half goal from the on fire Raul Meireles saw Liverpool take the lead. A deflected Fabio Aurelio cross eventually found its way out to the number 4 who with a great finish sent the effort into the left of goal and past Wigan keeper Al Habsi.
The linking up of new recruit Luis Suarez and Dirk Kuyt in the first half was perhaps the most prominent thing to note. A strange almost immediate link between the pair meant clever flicks and passes within the oppositions box were a regular occurrence.
Suarez once again put on display his technical ability with the skill and confidence of a player who had been in the Premier League for a few years not a few matches. A chance of his in the first half had completely beaten the keeper but he was denied by the post.
The second half saw the introduction of David Ngog who replaced goalscorer Raul Meireles. With Liverpool perhaps getting more of a hold on the game in the first 45minutes it now appeared it was Wigan searching for a grasp on the second half.
Rodallega nearly found Wigan their equalizer with a close range effort just before the hour mark, lucky for Liverpool, Pepe Reina had it covered.
Steve Gohouri was the man to spoil Liverpool's run of clean sheets though after an assist from N'Zogbia set him up to put the ball into the Reds net.
For Liverpool their efforts petered out as the match drew closer to 90minutes. A nail biting moment after Luis Suarez stepped up to take a free kick though had fans hoping for a winner. The Uruguayan's attempt wasn't far off and only the crossbar prevented what would have been a mad celebration at Anfield.
It feels like a loss after such a whirlwind of results but i don't really think we should be too disappointed. A draw against a Wigan side who fought hard is nothing to sniff at. We're still in 6th place and although of course we should be beating sides like Wigan, especially if we can go to the Bridge and be victorious, i still think yesterday was acceptable.
With Sparta Prague up next we have the exciting prospect of seeing King Kenny and the lads in Europe!