Liverpool fans will be delighted that Fernando Torres has been handed another start today. After scoring a brilliant hat-trick in midweek there will be a lot of hope that Torres can score more against one of the Premier League’s lower teams. Liverpool beat Wigan 4-0 at the JJB Stadium last season, but Wigan have changed manager since then as well as making many signings.
Alongside Torres up front is Dirk Kuyt, with Gerrard and Mascherano behind them in central midfield. Jermaine Pennant starts on the right wing with Rafa likely to use Riise on the left-hand-side of midfield, with Aurelio at left-back, although the two can interchange.
Steven Finnan gets a rest this weekend with ever-present Arbeloa taking over the right-back role. Hyypia and Carragher are the centre-backs and of course Pepe Reina, still unbeaten in open play this season, is in goal.
Peter Crouch doesn’t make the 16.
Wigan: 1 Kirkland, 25 Melchiot, 17 Boyce, 19 Bramble, 8 Kilbane, 18 Scharner, 24 Skoko, 11 Brown, 10 Koumas, 15 Aghahowa, 23 Bent
Subs: 12 Pollitt, 2 Taylor, 4 Granqvist, 5 Hall, 20 Olembe
Liverpool: 25 Reina, 17 Arbeloa, 4 Hyypia, 23 Carragher, 12 Aurelio, 16 Pennant, 8 Gerrard, 20 Mascherano, 6 Riise, 9 Torres, 18 Kuyt
Subs: 30 Itandje, 3 Finnan, 10 Voronin, 11 Benayoun, 22 Sissoko
Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Kick-off: 3.00pm BST