Cardiff entered this match with a little pep in their step, having closed the gap on Brighton with a 2-0 victory, thereby giving themselves a glimpse of hope in their relegation battle. Taking points off Liverpool, however, was always going to be a tricky proposition for Neil Warnock’s side, and the Cardiff manager unsurprisingly set his side up to avoid defeat above all other objectives.
Against Cardiff, Liverpool were not lacking in motivation or patience, as they sometimes have been guilty of doing against teams at the lower end of the table. The forward trio were full of running, and Roberto Firmino arguably should have put the visitors ahead about midway through the first half. Liverpool probed methodically, but the opener did not come until after the interval via a corner and a Gini Wijnaldum thunderbolt.
Despite going in front, Klopp’s side continued to press the issue, and Mo Salah elicited a penalty when Sean Morrison decided to try and swap shirts before the final whistle. James Milner, who had come on only due to an injury to substitute Fabinho, converted, and from that point on the result was not in doubt. All eyes turn next to Manchester City and Manchester United.
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Who was Liverpool’s best player away to Cardiff?
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