Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson admitted his side could consider themselves lucky not to have lost at Wigan having let slip an early lead to draw 1-1.
The visitors faded badly having gone ahead in the seventh minute through Fernando Torres, his third goal in four days and first away from home since March 21.
Hugo Rodallega equalised in the 52nd minute and the Latics looked the better side in the second half, although Steven Gerrard had a shot crash back off the crossbar late on.
"We didn't deserve to win the game. I thought we looked tired, our passing was not anywhere near where we expect it to be," said Hodgson. "We had a bright start and bright finish but I think we can be more than happy with a point.
"The goal was a wonderful piece of play from two outstanding players, a marvellous pass and a wonderful finish which put us on the front foot. But we didn't capitalise on that. We had a spell where we were pretty much in control but from the start of the second half we invited Wigan on to us all the time by consistently giving the ball away.
"As a result they took advantage and scored an equalising goal. We did a little better towards the end and we were unlucky with Steven's shot which hit the underside of the crossbar. But it would have been harsh on Wigan had we won it and they can probably feel the 1-1 result flatters us more than them."