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
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