Dirk Kuyt’s scissor-kick five minutes from time gave Liverpool all three points against 10-man Wigan in a pulsating game at Anfield.
Amr Zaki gave the visitors the lead after a mistake from Daniel Agger, but Kuyt fired Liverpool level.
On the stroke of half-time Zaki scored a spectacular overhead-kick to restore Wigan’s lead, before Antonio Valencia was sent-off for two bookable offences.
The home side hit back through Albert Riera, before Kuyt’s late winner.
The result is harsh on a Wigan side who, until Valencia’s sending off, looked good value for at least a point.
Wigan played with great confidence and, with the inspirational Zaki up front, they always looked as though they would cause Liverpool problems.