Suarez leads Liverpool to 4-0 win over Wigan

Luis Suarez netted a hat trick Saturday as a rampant Liverpool

beat Wigan 4-0, putting the Uruguay forward atop the Premier League

scoring list.

After Stewart Downing put the visitors ahead in just the second

minute, Suarez effectively decided the game by making it 3-0 by the

34th – his second goal coming with a stroke of luck as he slipped

when taking a free kick but the ball deflected off the defensive

wall and into the net.

He then completed his hat trick shortly after the break for his

21st league goal of the season, putting him ahead of Manchester

United’s Robin van Persie on 19.

He joins Robbie Fowler and Fernando Torres as the only Liverpool

players to score at least 20 goals in a Premier League campaign.

Suarez has now scored 15 goals in as many matches in all

competitions, making him one of the top contenders to be crowned

player of the year, along with Van Persie and Tottenham’s Gareth


”He’s such a pleasure to work with,” Liverpool manager Brendan

Rodgers said. ”He has quality, finishing, work-rate and that’s

what makes him world class.”

The win kept Liverpool in seventh place, while Wigan is only out

of the relegation zone on goal difference.

Downing set the tone for Liverpool as he lost his marker in the

penalty area to head home a cross from the impressive Philippe

Coutinho, making only his third appearance since joining from Inter


Coutinho was also involved in the second goal in the 18th

minute, taking a pass from Steven Gerrard and providing a

perfectly-weighted ball for Suarez, who controlled it and finished


Suarez was then brought down outside the area by Gary Caldwell

and stepped up to take the free kick himself. While the Uruguayan

slipped as he connected with the ball, his shot clipped Shaun

Maloney on the edge of the wall and beat Ali Al Habsi with the help

of the post.

There was no luck involved in the third one, though, as Suarez

took a pass from Glen Johnson and beat Al Habsi with a low shot

from inside the area.

While Liverpool struggled to convert its possession into goals

in the first half of the season, Brendan Rodgers’ team has now

scored 18 goals in its last six league games – including two 5-0