It was a game of two halves at Anfield - but Liverpool gave the Anfield crowd something to cheer with a comprehensive second half performance.
Liverpool and Wigan played out a relatively dour first half - before Luis Suarez ignited the ground in the second half - scoring twice and involved in the third goal to stretch Liverpool's unbeaten Premier League record to seven games.
Roberto Martinez, overlooked for the Liverpool job in the summer, showed why he attracted attention - both Liverpool and Wigan displayed plenty of ability on the ball in the first half - but the reds chances were limited - all too often players failing to advance high enough up the pitch.
In the 36th minute Rodgers had seen enough. He decided to bring off Suso, replacing him with Henderson.
Henderson brought on to solidify the midfield - with Gerrard being allowed to push forward. It was perhaps harsh on Suso - but with Joe Allen enduring a dip in form, and Gerrard failing to impact in the centre as he used to - the move was a hot topic of debate at half time.
Within a minute of the restart though Liverpool were ahead thanks to the Sterling and, obviously, Suarez show. Sterling intercepted before going past a Wigan defender - he then cut the ball back to Suarez who fired in.
Enrique, who now appears to be in one of his purple patches, found Suarez for the second goal - and Liverpool relaxed with the two goal cushion.
While Suarez toiled chasing the hat-trick, the third goal eventually fell to Enrique to put away - but both Suarez and Sterling were instrumental in its creation. Sterling's initial shot rebounded straight in to the path of the Spaniard to score his first goal for the reds.
Liverpool eased through the rest of the game to secure only their third league victory of the season. Pessimists may point to a miserly return of 15 points in 12 games. Optimists will point to a seven game unbeaten run as sign of improving solidity.
Either way, Liverpool now enter a crucial period of the season - games in which points are expected to be delivered. One thing is clear - Liverpool need to keep Luis Suarez fit before they have to supply him with suitable partners in the January window.» Forum post match discussion on this game
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