Sam Morsy’s Wigan fall to 2-0 Liverpool defeat
Sam Morsy starred for Wigan in their 2-0 friendly loss to Liverpool, thanks to second half goals from Danny Ings and Ben Woodburn, in a dominant performance from the Premier League’s second most decorated side.
Wigan XI: Nicholls; Taylor; Gilbey; Morsy; Odelusi; Flores; Chow; Colclough; Pearce; Wildschut; Hendry.
Liverpool XI: Karius; Randall; Lovren; Matip; Flanagan; Brannagan; Stewart; Ejaria; Coutinho; Firmino; Mane.
English-born Pharaoh Sam Morsy started the game for Wigan against Premier League giants Liverpool, who were gelling in new players of their own with Loris Karius in goal, as well as new African players Sadio Mane, Joel Matip and Ovie Ejaria of Senegal, Cameroon and Nigeria respectively.
Wigan went into the friendly off the back of a 2-0 loss to nearby Manchester United, while Liverpool recently battered Fleetwood Town 5-0.
Just five minutes into the game, Liverpool talisman Coutinho hit the bar from his well worked free-kick which wrong-footed Nicholls, however it bounced out to safety.
Liverpool continued to pile on the pressure with Wigan camped in the own half, and soon later, Coutinho came close again as his shot from a tight angle hit the inside of the post and rebounded across the penalty area, but again no one could capitalise.
Liverpool dominated possession, however they struggled to find a rhythm due to Wigan’s aggressive tackling which was mainly led by Sam Morsy, who accumulated several fouls over the first half.
Despite this, Coutinho continued to cause danger with his individual skill, and his piece of trickery created a chance for Ejaria however the keeper dealt with the situation.
The second half saw wholesale changes, and these substitutes linked up to open the scoring for Liverpool as Markovic’s cross found Danny Ings, who showed great composure to control the ball and finish past Nicholls with both power and accuracy.
The lead was quickly doubled as 16-year-old Ben Woodburn raced clear from fellow youngster Ryan Kent’s through ball, before he shot round the Latics goalkeeper to put the game beyond any doubt.
Liverpool would hold on to win 2-0, making it three clean sheets and three wins from their opening preseason fixtures, albeit against more lowly opposition. Wigan lost 2-0 to a Premier League side for the second time in two days after their loss to Manchester United, which perhaps led to signs of fatigue today.
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