Liverpool 3 - 0 Wigan Athletic

Match info: Premier League at Anfield

Date: 17/11/2012 KO: 15:00 Ref: K Friend Att: 44,913

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Luis Suarez 47,58
Jose Enrique 65



FT (ht: 0-0)

  • Last Updated: November 17 2012, 19:16 GMT

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hailed his "master marksman" Luis Suarez after the striker produced another devastating display to help defeat Wigan 3-0.

Rodgers raves about Suarez

After a surprisingly flat first half by his own high standards, the Uruguay international scored twice and assisted with the third for Jose Enrique as the Reds registered only their fourth Barclays Premier League win of 2012.

Suarez now has nine league goals this season - making him the league's top scorer - 12 overall and 26 in 56 league matches since arriving from Ajax in January 2011.

"Luis is a very big part of the team. His first goal was a wonderful finish with a great weight of pass from young Raheem (Sterling)," said the Reds boss.

"He finished it great and for the second one there was a lovely pass from Enrique and a nice little off-the-shoulder run and finish.

"He is a master marksman, absolutely outstanding, and we are thrilled to have him."

Suarez, the club's only fit senior striker, has scored more than half of Liverpool's 17 league goals but Rodgers is not concerned the burden may become too much on the 25-year-old.

"Not at all. Of course we want other support around that but you can see he thrives on it," added the Northern Irishman.

"If you look at his goal return this season already he is enjoying playing in the system and enjoying the freedom of being that loose striker.

"This group are improving all the time and Luis is the pinnacle up there getting the goals."

Rodgers also praised Enrique, who scored his first goal for the Reds and only his second in five years in English football.

At the start of season it appeared the Spanish defender was destined for the exit but he has been given more freedom in a left midfield role.

The Liverpool manager has seen a precedent in the Premier League already and hopes the left-back can emulate it.

"If you look at (Tottenham's) Gareth Bale, he played at left-back and then moved forward and showed his strengths," he added.

"Jose is someone I think can do that role with his power and pace.

"I said to him yesterday him and Raheem can get goals if they get (positionally) inside the frame of the goal.

"If you watch the replay he makes up a lot of ground to get in there and anticipate the rebound."

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez felt fatigue from the midweek international fixtures played a part in their second-half performance but losing Ben Watson to a broken leg did not help.

The 27-year was caught just above the shin by Reds winger Raheem Sterling's knee as they jumped for a ball in the first half.

"He has a fracture and we are going to assess him now because maybe he will require surgery," said the Spaniard.

"If he needs surgery he will probably be out for four months and that will be a major blow for us.

"The injury affected us too much because I thought we started quite sharp and controlled the game in the first half.

"I thought we were the team who looked like being a real threat and I thought we stopped Liverpool completely.

"Unfortunately in the second half we suffered too much from the international fixtures.

"The first goal we gave it away - it was one of those days as nothing went our way.

"The second goal went in and the third goal came from a throw-in which should have been our ball. We attracted all sorts of bad decisions and bad luck."

While Martinez praised Suarez's finishing he was not happy with what he considered a stamp on David Jones in the second half possibly deserving of a red card.

"The first finish is probably the real clinical one and a sign of a top player," he added.

"He was very fortunate because it was a stamp which the referee didn't see and that wasn't the sign of a top player."

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