Brendan Rodgers takes his side to the DW Stadium to take on the Latics.
Out of the Europa League and unlikely to make the Champions League, the danger for Liverpool is that they lack focus and motivation for the remainder of this season. Brendan Rodgers has urged his players to finish strongly, starting with this fixture, one which has surprisingly proved difficult for the Merseyside club in recent years. The hosts, yet again, find themselves in a relegation battle but will be boosted by their 3-0 win at Reading last week, not to mention the news that Daniel Sturridge is an injury doubt for the visitors.
Venue DW Stadium, Saturday 5.30pm
Last season Wigan 0 Liverpool 0
Referee Martin Atkinson
This season’s matches 20 Y77, R1, 3.90 cards per game
Subs from Robles, Jones, Henríquez, Gómez, McManaman, Espinoza, Fyvie, Stam, López, Dicko, Miyaichi, Scharner
Doubtful Alcaraz (match fitness), Figueroa (foot), Miyaichi (ankle)
Injured Pollit (thigh, 17 Mar), Watson (broken leg, 17 Mar), Ramis (knee, Oct), Crusat (knee, unknown)
Form guide WLDDLD
Disciplinary record Y45 R2
Leading scorer Koné 8
Subs from Gulacsi, Jones, Coutinho, Assaidi, Henderson, Coates, Suso, Sketel, Sterling, Shelvey, Wisdom, Yesil
Doubtful Jones (shoulder), Sturridge (thigh)
Injured Kelly (knee, 21 Mar), Borini (shoulder, unknown)
Form guide WLDDWL
Disciplinary record Y38 R2
Leading scorer Suárez 18
Wigan are unbeaten in their last four home matches against Liverpool, registering three draws and a 1-0 win in March 2010.
Liverpool’s only other defeat in 17 league and cup matches against The Latics came at Anfield 12 months ago. Gary
Caldwell scored a second-half winner for the visitors in that game.
Wigan ended a six-match winless streak by beating Reading last weekend.
Roberto Martinez’s side have only taken two points from their last six home matches.
They are four points and three places better off than at the same stage last season. The Latics have been in the league’s bottom five after 27 matches for each of the last four seasons.
Arouna Kone has scored four goals in his last five Premier League appearances.
Jean Beausejour has registered six assists in the top flight this season – the most by a Wigan player in a single Premier League campaign.
Their next league fixtures after playing Liverpool are Manchester City (a), Newcastle (h), Norwich (h), QPR (a).
Ali Al-Habsi will make his 100th Premier League appearance for Wigan, while Emmerson Boyce is poised to reach his century of games for the club.
Liverpool’s only two wins in their last six league games have both been by a 5-0 scoreline.
They have 39 points – their lowest tally after 27 games since the 1992-93 season.
The Reds average more points per game against bottom-half opposition (2.41) than any side other than Manchester United, winning nine and losing only one of those 12 matches.
According to Infostrada, Luis Suarez has had a Premier League-high 48 shots on target this season and scored from 38% of those attempts.
Steven Gerrard will make his 400th Premier League start, while Glen Johnson is expected to make his 100th top-flight start for Liverpool.
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