Full-time - 90'
0 - 4
17:30 +00:00, March 2, 2013
The DW Stadium
FULL TIME - well, that was a procession for Liverpool once they got into a 2-0 lead after just 18 minutes. Suarez was excellent, so were his team mates and they run out comfortable winners.
McCarthy smashes a half volley high and wide of the goal. Struck with power though.
Two minutes added. Unnecessary.
McManaman wins a corner for Wigan.
Fine block from McCarthy as Henderson nods from close range. Good stop. Agger won the initial header.
So, Liverpool reclaim seventh. Wigan stay 17th and their goal difference takes a hit.
Enrique wriggles away from a few tackles and tries to slip Downing through. Wigan block and clear.
Nasty tackle from Espinoza - lucky not to get a card.
Keep ball from Liverpool. Death by passing.
Allen nearly grabs a fifth but Alcaraz's last ditch tackle prevents him.
Gerrard tries an ambitious volley but blasts it over the bar. Well, why not?
Another important Reina save as McManaman beats Enrique, it falls to Maloney who fires it in from a narrow angle and the keeper pushes it onto Kone and wins a goal kick.
This is pretty humiliating making Wigan play this last portion of the game. They need a bath, a massage and some counselling.
Look at his face, just look at his face!
Roberto Martinez is still barking instructions at his team from the technical area. Fair play. I'd be in the bar by now.
Liverpool break into a chant of "Rafa Benitez..."
The main man
Henderson replaces the excellent Coutinho.
Henderson about to come on.
Excellent clearing header from Carragher as Maloney crosses then as Wigan reinsert the ball Reina makes another good instinctive save.
Lucas should be careful - he clatters Maloney and is on a yellow card.
Suarez chases down Alcaraz and tries to win a corner. The Liverpool fans liked that.
They really should do Wigan a favour and blow the final whistle now.
Not that I'm suggesting there should have been. The home fans are utterly miserable.
Barely any applause as Beausejour goes off and is replaced by Callum McManaman.
This game has now taken on the manner of a training ground exercise.
Gerrard looks for Downing with a cross. Alcaraz clears.
Frustration spilling over as McArthur piles into Coutinho.
Reina makes a fluff of a ball as Kone went for it, touches it, but the ref gives a goal kick.
Suarez has been unstoppable today, beating another three players before running the ball out of play.
Wigan have now conceded 55 goals in the Premier League, more than anyone else. Including Reading.
Figueroa blasts the free kick into Suarez's face. He goes Bambi for a second then recovers.
A free kick for Wigan.
Di Santo and Caldwell come off and Alcaraz and Espinoza replace them.
Oh well, perhaps this is the season that Wigan's remarkable late bids for survival end after all?
Johnson rides several challenges, pokes Suarez through and he slots between Al Habsi's legs to make it 4-0 and pile the misery on Wigan.
GOAL Suarez hat-trick!
Slightly better build up work from Wigan as they feed the ball left and cross but Reina claims.
So Wigan, what have you got?
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Downing grabs Liverpool's first
HALF TIME - Beausejour floats his effort towards the top corner and Reina dives across to save and that is the break. Liverpool head and shoulders above Wigan.
Lucas hacks down Maloney and Wigan have a chance to snatch something from the free kick right on half time.
Incidentally, their meet and greet could turn into a name and shame after this half.
Allen gets a yellow, which brings the first cheer from Wigan's fans.
Coutinho has so much time and space on the ball when he gets it. You'd think Wigan would try to get tighter.
With the right pass in the final third Liverpool could be 6-0 up here.
Liverpool look very good when they play like this, the difference today is they've added a finishing touch to the mix.
So nearly 4-0, Suarez lets Johnson's ball go across him and volleys left footed, Al Habsi saves and Caldwell prevents Allen turning home the rebound.
Fantastic save from Reina! Beausejour's cross is met by Di Santo from five yards but the Spaniard sticks out a hand and tips it over the bar.
Well, that is game over now for Wigan I'm afraid.
Caldwell carded for being late on Suarez.
That is an absolute calamity. Suarez takes the set piece and slips, it flicks off Maloney's head, then as Al Habsi goes to save it, he slips and can only push it onto the post and into the net. Chaos.
GOAL Suarez scores via a deflection!
Suarez fouled by Boyce. Liverpool free kick.
Lucas clatters into Di Santo, but it owed more to a slip than anything.
Reina tries to kick the ball out of his hands and Di Santo gets in his way. Reina handles outside his area after spilling it but the free kick is given to Liverpool, rightly.
Allen's error hands Wigan a corner.
Boyce squares the ball to McCarthy but he shoots well wide of the target.
Caldwell does well for a change as he intercepts from Suarez inside the area.
Very good tackle from Lucas who prevents Di Santo running on Carragher.
Coutinho plays a lovely ball for Gerrard but the old man's legs can't quite get him there.
Wigan need to score the next goal, before half time realistically, if they are to salvage something.
Martin Atkinson has a word with the warring parties, who are still chirping at each other.
Now McArthur and Boyce blame each other for a mistake that nearly lets Suarez in. They start shoving and team mates have to pull them apart.
Superb save from Reina as Boyce volleys on goal from 12 yards. Excellent stop.
What a superb piece of play from Coutinho, taking his time in midfield and weighting a delightful pass for Suarez who draws Al Habsi and slots into the net.
GOAL Suarez makes it 2-0! Coutinho assist again!
Better from Wigan, more time and space for them now.
Excellent ball from Gerrard, Downing comes inside and can see the far corner but the shot is blocked.
An on-floor spat between Lucas and Kone is ignored by the referee.
Wigan very fortunate not to go two down as Allen gets into the area, he pokes a ball for Gerrard but Figueroa cuts it out, and the loose ball trickles to safety.
Not that any Wigan fans cheered it. A quiet bunch.
Reina falls over as he takes the goal kick. Always raises a smile.
Di Santo gets down the right hand side and crosses but the ball ricochets off Enrique and clips the striker to go out for a goal kick.
Wigan need a rethink here, Liverpool are sitting high up meaning the only ball on for them is a long or sideways one.
Some rumours doing the rounds on Twitter about Victor Valdes. I'll have more on that when they are more than rumours.
Always a sign that winter is on the way out when it is time for the white balls to return.
Liverpool pressing well, and high. Wigan can't get their passing going.
Lucas upends Maloney in midfield. The claims it wasn't a free kick. Jog on.
Well, what a start. Lovely trickery from Coutinho to jink past Boyce. A nightmare start for Wigan.
Superb from Coutinho as he gets into the area and crosses, Downing is unmarked to nod home from five yards.
GOAL Downing scores!
An early chance for QPR as Carragher misses a right wing cross and Kone is in two minds as to whether to bring it down or shoot and he does neither. Reina claims.
Wigan held a meet and greet with the players today, waiting in the car park for them as they arrived. They did it at the end of last season, and it certainly worked.
Liverpool last won at the DW in 2009 but Wigan have only won two games at home this season.
Liverpool can reclaim seventh with a win tonight while Wigan can put four points between themselves and the relegation zone with a win.
Wigan are unchanged from the team that won at Reading last week, Liverpool bring Joe Allen in for the injured Daniel Sturridge.
Wigan go in search of back to back wins as they entertain Liverpool at the DW Stadium. The game starts at 17:30pm GMR and is live on ESPN UK.
Ali Al Habsi
Franco Di Santo