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Liverpool v Wigan Athletic: Match Preview

Wigan will continue in their bid for survival. (©GettyImages)
Wigan will continue in their bid for survival. (©GettyImages).

Liverpool v Wigan Athletic
Premier League
Anfield
Saturday, March 24; 15:00

Team News

Injuries victims from the defeat to Queens Park Rangers, Charlie Adam and Martin Kelly, are both doubts for the visit of Wigan.

Striker Hugo Rodallega is struggling with a knee injury.

Midfield David Jones and Goalkeeper Mike Pollitt are both absent.
 

Dalglish believes season is no write-off


Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish insists his side's season is far from over despite 12 points separating them from the Champions League spots.

Having already qualified for the Europa League via their Carling Cup victory last month, The Reds look consigned to miss out on the top four.

Despite being defeated by Queens Park Rangers in mid-week, the Scot believes there is still much to play for.

"Whatever we set out to achieve at the start of the season has not changed," he said.

"What we said was we would try our best to win every game and we will continue to do that.

"It (the QPR result) is disappointing for us in many ways but we have to brush ourselves down, not feel sorry for ourselves and just get on with it.

"We will keep playing every game and try to get as much as we possibly can. We have to keep going and try to please as many people as we can who support Liverpool."

Roberto Martinez will meanwhile be arguing the need of his Wigan Athletic side is greater going into Saturday's clash, with three points separating The Latics from safety.

The Spanish boss will be looking to make the most of Liverpool's uncertain home form, which has seen them fail to win nine of their 14 league home games.

Martinez is looking to defy Wigan's underdog tag once again.

"I don't think it should surprise us at all - it is normal," he said.

"As soon as we got promoted to the Premier League, people expected Wigan to get relegated and seven seasons later you will still get people who don't know the way we play or know the football club or how we are run behind the scenes.

"But that is our football challenge - to carry on defying the odds, playing our football and making sure we get the results we deserve.

"We are not here to please any pundits. We are here to keep improving as a football club and making sure we can be proud of our work at the end of the season.

"To do that, we need to get as many points as we can from the next 27."

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