Liverpool 3-2 Wigan Athletic

Premier League
Saturday 18 October 2008 - 3:00 pm
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For an astonishing 5th time this season Liverpool showed their ‘bouncebackability’ with another comeback to take all three points and remain joint top of the Premiership.

Wigan, or more to the point new star Egyptian striker Amr Zaki, got off to a great start – dominating large spells of the first half as Liverpool’s midfield went missing in action.  Worse was to follow when Reina played a poor pass out to Daniel Agger who then failed to clear his lines and Zaki took the ball off the Dane and fired home.

The dagger made amends within minutes when he powered out from defence – eventually reaching the byeline and setting up Kuyt who fired a low shot that Kirkland couldn’t keep out.

Two minutes in to injury time and the reds sloppy defending allowed a cross to come in and Zaki smashed a fine shot in front of the Kop.  Peter Crouch would have been proud to have that goal next to his name.

Half time and the reds would need another of their amazing come backs or the misery of Stoke would have been nothing compared to this.

Straight from the whistle Liverpool looked an improved team.  Chances were beginning to land the reds way more regularly as so often happens with Liverpool.

The reds were primed up for a free kick when Anthony Valencia just refused consistently to stay ten yards back.  Zaire and the World Cup game against Brazil springs to mind.  After the referee eventually booked the player Gerrard placed a great shot just wide.

The minutes were ticking down.  One betting website had us as high as 15/1 to get three points out of this game.

Then Valencia clattered through Xabi Alonso in a horrible looking challenge.  It possibly deserved a straight red, but the second yellow was more than enough and the player left the field.  Four times now Xabi Alonso has been the recipient of a red card challenge this season.  Maybe he needs to get his head shaved?

Rafa went on the attack. El Zhar and Benayoun replacing Arbeloa and Dossena.

With ten minutes left a well worked move by El Zhar, dummied by Gerrard, was fired home by Albert Riera for his debut Liverpool goal – and the reds had equalised.

Five minutes later – with only 5 minutes to go – a Pennant cross found Kuyt. His miscued scissor kick bouncing in to the net in front of the Kop.

A great comeback from Liverpool – but as Gerrard said post-match – sooner or later we won’t come back. Liverpool stay joint top, but boy do they do it the hard way.

Goals

Teams

Liverpool FC: Reina, Arbeloa (Benayoun 79), Carragher, Agger, Dossena (El Zhar 78), Pennant, Gerrard, Alonso, Riera, Keane (Hyypia 94), Kuyt

Unused Subs: Cavalieri, Insua, N’Gog, Leiva

Yellow Cards: Dossena (39′)

Match Stats

Liverpool Possession: 64%. Shots: 21 (On target = 7). 447 accurate passes. 56 bad passes.
Wigan Possession: 36%. Shots 10 (On target = 4). 226 accurate passes. 26 bad passes.

Updated Season Stats

14 comments on
Liverpool 3-2 Wigan Athletic

  1. I have to agree with Glen. Not his rant about free speech. We will get hammered by Chelsea if we play a first half like we did against Wigan.They wont collapse like Wigan and Man city did. Im really worried about our form.

  2. Well! What can i say,i guess our chances of winning the league this season have just been enhanced and with such a winning mentality i don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t get the trophy..

  3. I thought we were dead & buried but what a helluva comeback from the boys! Please don’t leave it so late, my nerves can’t handle it…another 3 points in the bag.

  4. i am saddened this site is against free speech in a democrcratic country. shame on you for denying someones right to free speech. from my perspective looking at liverpools form this year they need all the help they can get. by silencing me you are silencing the forces of good in this dark age.the good lord is aware what has happened. the message of jesus is one of love not hate and all blessings are from god.i dont see anything evil or wrong in saying jesus answers prayer.

  5. The defence is looking bad, but the points and goals are coming. Another 3 points that’s all what counts. Glad to see dirk pick up the slack. Now if we can only beat Chelsea then our confidence level and hope for number 19 look real.

  6. Looks like Kuyt is giving Keane a run for his money .Going from the current momentum, looks like he is going to hold the torch for liverpool for the next 2 games. Hope his industriousness rubs off on all the rest of the team. Job well done. Deserves a pat on the back.

  7. Kuyt is looking to stake his claim as a striker again in the absence of Torres – Question is can he play upfront with Torres?

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