Premier League - Wigan peg back Liverpool

Sat, 12 Feb 16:58:00 2011

Liverpool's run of four straight wins was brought to an end after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Wigan Athletic at Anfield in the Premier League.

Match Highlights: Liverpool

Raul Meireles scored his fifth goal in his last six matches to open the scoring midway through the first half, only for Steve Gohouri to level halfway through the second.

The solitary point is not enough to lift the Latics out of the bottom three, as Wolves were the only team in the bottom half of the table to lose.

Luis Suarez at times dazzled the home crowd with his skills on his full Anfield debut - the Uruguayan was involved in most of Liverpool's best moves forward - although he also displayed his propensity for going to ground with only the slightest encouragement, something which will not win him too many admirers away from Merseyside.

Liverpool just about deserved their lead, although Wigan offered plenty going forward in an open first half.

Charles N'Zogbia weaved his way into the box and fired wide of the far post before Maxi Rodriguez laid off Meireles's pass into the path of Dirk Kuyt, who forced a regulation stop from Ali Al-Habsi.

Meireles struck on 24 minutes when Fabio Aurelio's cross deflected off a Wigan player and dropped perfectly for the Portuguese to strike a crisp volley that beat Al-Habsi. That strike means Meireles has already registered more league goals in this campaign than any other in his career. His haul is even more impressive considering that all of those goals have come within the last month.

Suarez almost doubled Liverpool's lead soon after the restart when he bent an effort off the far post, before Meireles flashed a shot wide from range.

However, Wigan continued to press their hosts without creating many clear chances. Victor Moses worked tirelessly down the left flank while N'Zogbia hit a well-struck free-kick too close to Pepe Reina.

The second half maintained the same pattern, with Suarez drawing a foul and a booking from Antolin Alcaraz on the edge of the box. Aurelio fired the subsequent free-kick over the bar.

Soon afterwards, on 65 minutes, Wigan were level. Kuyt managed to clear the immediate danger from a corner, but N'Zogbia was allowed the time and curl in a dangerous cross that Gohouri prodded past Reina for his first goal since May 2010.

With Meireles now off the field, Maxi took charge of free-kick duties, firing one over the bar and rattling the frame of the goal with another.

Tom Cleverley's introduction briefly boosted Wigan's hopes of scoring a winner, but it was Liverpool who spurned most of the opportunities to claim victory with Maxi, Aurelio and Glen Johnson all firing efforts off target.

Tony Mabert / Eurosport

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