A cold December mid-week match is in store for the Reds’ tonight, with both teams in the fixture experiencing indifferent form in recent weeks.
Liverpool go into this game on the back of both European and domestic defeat to Fiorentina and Arsenal respectively, although last months win over local-rivals Everton is still fresh on the minds of Liverpool fans around the globe. Wigan were on the receiving end of a 9-1 battering by a confident Spurs two weeks ago but saw their form improve slightly this weekend with a 2-2 draw with Stoke, with one of the Latics goals being scored from their own half.
The Reds are coming out of the much publicised recent injury-crisis with the majority of first-team players available for selection by under-pressure manager Rafael Benitez. Among those returning to fitness is summer signing Alberto Aquilani, who is likely to make an appearance against North West rivals Wigan although he may not start. Javier Mascherano faces a late fitness test, though the Argentine captain is expected to play. Glen Johnson may miss out.
Wigan have a clean bill of fitness ahead of the game, with Roberto Martinez expected to field a full-strength side against a Liverpool team who’s defensive mistakes have cost them dearly in recent weeks.
Before the game Liverpool F.C will be celebrating 50 years since Bill Shankly’s arrival at the club, with a mosaic being held up on the Kop before kick-off. Reds will hope memories of one of the greatest managers in football history will inspire the players to put in a performance good enough to bring the side a much needed three-points in their race for fourth place.