Liverpool vs Cardiff Preview | Latest Team News | Expected Line-Ups | Prediction
Here is our match preview ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Cardiff City including team news, expected line-ups and predicted score
Liverpool will be looking to go top of the Premier League table with a win when they take on Cardiff City at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.
Last weekend’s 1-0 victory over Huddersfield Town secured Liverpool’s best ever start to a Premier League season as they currently sit level on points with Manchester City at the summit having taken 23 points [W7 D2 L0] from their nine matches so far.
With Pep Guardiola’s men facing a tough trip to Tottenham Hotspur on Monday night, Liverpool can put the pressure on the defending champions by moving three points clear at the top with victory over Cardiff tomorrow afternoon.
The Reds warmed up for the game with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Red Star Belgrade to move top of their Champions League group at the midway point so Jurgen Klopp’s men should be full of confidence right now.
They’ll be up against a Cardiff side that sit outside the bottom three on goal difference after picking up their first win of the season against Fulham last weekend so boss Neil Warnock will be hoping to build some momentum with a positive result at Anfield.
Liverpool have no fresh injury concerns following their midweek exploits but will continue to be without Naby Keita and Jordan Henderson as the midfield duo are still nursing hamstring injuries.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also still out with a long-term knee injury but James Milner, Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren are pushing for recalls if Klopp wants to freshen things up.
Cardiff will hand a late fitness test to Harry Arter after he picked up an ankle injury last weekend while Josh Murphy is also a doubt after suffering a knock in training this week.
Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Lee Peltier and Danny Ward remain on the sidelines while Joe Ralls will serve the second of a three-match suspension.
Liverpool 3-0 Cardiff City: Liverpool haven’t lost a league game to Cardiff since 1959 and they’ve lost just one of their last 45 home matches against newly-promoted sides so they are understandably the heavy favourites. Warnock has conceded they are unlikely to get anything from this game and I tend to agree with him. I can’t see past a comfortable home win tomorrow.
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