Belfast Telegraph

Suarez brace sinks Latics

Striker Luis Suarez proved just how valuable he is to Liverpool with two goals and an assist to help secure a 3-0 win over Wigan at Anfield.

The Uruguay international struck twice in nine second-half minutes and also played a part in the third which saw Jose Enrique score his first goal for the club.

Reports this week that Manchester City were ready to make a £40million bid for the striker in January were dismissed by Roberto Mancini and Brendan Rodgers, with the latter confidently stating his prize asset was not for sale.

After Pepe Reina shrugged off some rustiness with a routine save from Arouna Kone's long-range effort both Daniel Agger and Suso headed over.

There followed plenty of possession without much penetration from both sides.

Whatever was said by Rodgers to his team - and Suarez in particular - at half-time had the desired effect as Liverpool came out firing.

It took them just over two minutes to prove it with a swift drive forward for the opening goal. Andre Wisdom's pass into space gave Raheem Sterling the chance to nip in front of Maynor Figueroa and run and when he crossed for Suarez, his first-time shot, assisted by a slight deflection of Ivan Ramis, beat Ali Al Habsi.

Enrique then drove infield from the left and poked in a through-ball which still required plenty from Suarez but in his current form there was only going to be one outcome and he easily scored.

The third goal had a touch of fortune but only in its origin.

For the third, Suarez again had major part to play, sliding a pass through the inside-right channel to Sterling whose shot was parried by Al Habsi into the path of Enrique who could not miss from a few yards out.

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