Reina Could Face Latics

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Liverpool face Wigan this weekend as the Latics make the short trip to Anfield. Steven Gerrard featured for England during international friendlies in the week making his 100th appearance and will captain the side on Saturday.

Some good news for Liverpool this week in terms of injuries as Lucas Leiva has returned to training at Melwood and also Pepe Reina looks as though he may finally be ready to start between the sticks again. Jonjo Shelvey is also available after suffering a small thigh problem.

For Wigan, they have a doubt hanging over James McArthur but long term absentee Miyaichi may be available for Martinez's starting XI.

Wigan are currently perched just below Liverpool in the league in 14th place and a win for them would push Martinez's side above us. Wigan look stronger this season compared to last and after recording a win at White Hart Lane earlier this month they aren't a team the bigger sides should just assume they will beat.

Most fans will also remember Wigan's last trip to Anfield where they recorded an away win too. Suarez scored in the fixture but a Gary Caldwell goal sealed the win for the Latics. Four out of the last seven meetings between the two sides have ended in a draw.

Stat Sandwich

  • Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 6 league games.
  • Wigan have lost every game so far this season where they have conceded before scoring.
  • The Reds have yet to score in the last 15 minutes of a game in the league this season.

The Reds showed great resilience against Chelsea in their last league fixture and if they can take that spirit into this game then maybe they'll be quicker off the mark but once again it looks as though Suarez will need his shooting boots on.  

If I was manager (God help us all!) I'd definitely start Suso for this one, his confidence and skill would fluster the majority of the Wigan side and I feel we're a lot more open when he's on the pitch, sometimes possibly a bad thing but not in my eyes against a Wigan side. 

Enjoy the match folks! Let me know your score predictions on Twitter! @LFCKirstyLFC