TWO goals from Luis Suarez and another from Jose Enrique saw Latics crash 3-0 at Liverpool - and there was more bad news for Wigan with Ben Watson stretchered off in agony after breaking his leg.
The visitors had more than held their own during an even first half, overcoming the early loss of Watson after a freak collision with Raheem Sterling to go in at half time on level terms. Sterling apologised for his part in the incident after the match and Watson could be out for four months.
But Suarez broke the deadlock within two minutes of the restart with a deadly finish from 10 yards - and after that there was only one winner.
The Uruguayan quickly made it two with a beautiful finish from Enrique’s through ball.
And Enrique grabbed number three himself from close range after Raheem Sterling’s shot was parried by Ali Al Habsi.
Latics: Al Habsi; Ramis, Caldwell, Figueroa; Boyce, McCarthy, Watson, Beausejour; Maloney, Kone, Di Santo.
Subs: Pollitt, Stam, Jones (for Watson, 32), Gomez (for Caldwell, 69), Miyaichi (for Di Santo, 69), McManaman, Boselli.
Liverpool: Reina; Wisdom, Skrtel, Agger, Johnson; Sterling, Gerrard, Allen, Enrique; Suso, Suarez.
Subs: Jones, Coates, Carragher (for Agger, 82), Sahin, Henderson (for Suso, 36), Shelvey (for Suarez, 88), Cole.