Prem teams: Wigan v Liverpool

Rafa Benitez has chosen a strong side to take on Wigan at the JJB today – with Robbie Fowler handed his first start since his return to the club. Fowler will be partnered up front by Fernando Morientes. Djibril Cisse is on the bench, Crouch was unavailable due to injury.

Gerrard returns after injury to take up his place on the right side of midfield, with Didi Hamman making an appearance in the centre of midfield alongside Xabi Alonso. Harry Kewell will be hoping to provide some good service from the left.

No place in the matchday squad for Daniel Agger, with Hyypia and Carragher continuing in the centre-back roles.

Wigan: M Pollitt, M Jackson, S Henchoz, A De Zeeuw, R Ziegler, G Teale, J Bullard, G Kavanagh, D Thompson, P Scharner, A Johansson
Subs: J Filan, A Mahon, D Francis, L Baines, L Joyce

Liverpool: J Dudek, S Finnan, J Carragher, S Hyypia, J Riise, S Gerrard, X Alonso, D Hamann, H Kewell, F Morientes, R Fowler
Subs: J Kromkamp, D Cisse, S Carson, D Traore, M Sissoko

Referee: Rob Styles

Kick-off: 12:45pm