Enrique Cements Wigan Win
|Suarez celebrates with Enrique and Gerrard...|
Reina was back in the starting XI for Liverpool and it was the three S's leading the attack again with Suso, Sterling and Suarez all starting.
The game began for Liverpool in a similar way to the Chelsea fixture, a reasonably good performance but with no real chances or panache. The positive thing for Liverpool this time though was that no offence to Wigan but they aren't Chelsea and the Reds had also managed to ensure that despite not scoring themselves in the first half, they hadn't conceded either. The first half also saw a substitution with Henderson replacing Suso at 35 minutes.
The second half was in complete contrast to the first and Liverpool stormed off the mark with a goal from everybody's favourite Uruguayan; Luis Suarez. An assist from the ever improving Raheem Sterling was slightly put behind Suarez in the box but the forward finished well and smashed home the Reds' first goal of the game.
Wigan were relatively harmless in terms of attack and when anything did arise Pepe Reina was able to deal with it comfortably. I must admit it's great to see the Spaniard back, I like Brad Jones but there's something special about Reina, even on his off days he adds so much to team moral and commands his back four.
Liverpool's next goal came just before the hour mark and again it was Luis Suarez. This time set up by a lovely ball from an on form Jose Enrique, Suarez easily took on keeper Al Habsi and placed the ball in the back of the net with another good finish.
With two goals to their name Liverpool definitely looked like they would comfortably win this game now but they couldn't afford to lose focus because we have seen what can happen already this season when concentration is lost.
Another goal from Jose Enrique with 25 minutes to go ensured the Reds would walk away with all three points. Enrique was in the right place at the right time and was able to tap home Liverpool's third. It's only his second goal in the Premier League but I feel after his performance on Saturday and his game against Chelsea, he deserves it.
It was a confident performance from Liverpool when concerning the second half and we showed good strength to come out after half time and make sure we picked up all three points.
Next up for Liverpool is a Europa League tie with Young Boys at Anfield.