Liverpool Must Return to Winning Ways Against Wigan Athletic

Dusan LucicCorrespondent IINovember 15, 2012

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 02:  Brendan Rodgers the manager of Liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and  Arsenal at Anfield on September 2, 2012 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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After a minor break for international friendlies, the Premier League returns to action this Saturday.

Liverpool welcome Wigan Athletic in a match that will pass largely unnoticed. Nevertheless, this match could be a turning point for both teams.

Even though the Reds are unbeaten in their last six outings in the league, their season still hasn't truly kicked off. With just one home win in the season and after three consecutive draws, the Merseysiders are in a dire need of a win.

However, Brendan Rodgers will have his work cut out for him, since both Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel have minor injury problems and still aren't 100 percent fit.

Meanwhile, Rodgers can expect another tough string of games after the Wigan match, as his team will face games with his former club Swansea and Tottenham away from home before hosting a desperately-in-need-of-a-win Southampton side.

The Wigan match is a perfect opportunity for Liverpool to gather some momentum.

Wigan, on the other hand, have started their season decently, as they currently sit just one point behind Liverpool and three points away from the top half of the table. The Latics have put in some strong performances recently, and Roberto Martinez's side will relish the opportunity to play against the unconvincing Liverpool team.

Wigan, too, have rather unpleasant fixtures coming up with Reading, Manchester City and Newcastle United all scheduled in the next three games.

For both teams this will be a testament of their character and determination to succeed, but it is the Liverpool side who will be under more pressure since the Reds need a convincing win, something that will boost the team's morale and put them back on the right path.

Liverpool's already-dented hopes for a top-six finish must not suffer yet another blow.

Not against Wigan, at least.