Liverpool's 2-1 victory over Wigan in the week of the 50th anniversary of Bill Shankly's first match at the club would not have impressed the legendary manager but it was a welcome relief for current boss Rafael Benitez.
Young French striker David Ngog's 10th-minute glancing header from Fabio Aurelio's cross and Fernando Torres' second-half scrambled effort proved enough to see off a Latics side for whom Charles N'Zogbia scored an injury-time consolation.
It was only Liverpool's fourth win in 16 matches and just their second at Anfield since September 26, but it will do much for the team's shaky confidence.
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