FT: Cardiff 0-2 Liverpool. Two second half goals were enough for Jurgen Klopp's side as they racked up their ninth successive win in all competitions to go back to the top of the Premier League table. Now, back to you, City. Cardiff stay three points from safety. Thanks for joining us. Goodbye.
- 2nd Half
- Milner (P)81'
Cardiff City - Liverpool
Premier League - 21 April 2019
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All you can hear is Liverpool fans celebrating as their side see this game out.
Three minutes of added time here...
SAVE! Great play from Liverpool as Firmino flicks the ball through for Salah, who prods for goal, but Etheridge is down to make a smart save.
Late change for Liverpool and it is the return of Joe Gomez in place of Alexander-Arnold.
Big celebrations in the away end...
Long ball into the middle is aimed at Morrison once more, but the Cardiff defender is offside.
Change for Cardiff, with Josh Murphy on for Hoilett.
GOOOOOOAAALLL! Cardiff 0-2 Liverpool. Ice cool from Milner as he steps up to send Etheridge the wrong way to make sure of the three points.
PENALTY TO LIVERPOOL! Salah takes a tumble under challenge from Morrison and the referee points to the spot. Very soft indeed.
Change for Cardiff now, with the injured Ralls replaced by Leandro Bacuna.
Fabinho's game is over, with Milner on in his place.
Quick free-kick catches Liverpool cold, Mendez-Laing brings it down on his chest, but Alexander-Arnold is back to block.
Fabinho's game could be over before it had even begun, as he is down with that looks like concussion.
Change for Liverpool, with Fabinho on for Keita.
Firmino does well to clip the ball into Mane, but another move breaks down.
Liverpool seeing all of the ball after that scare when Morrison fluffed his lines.
Change for Cardiff, with Niasse replaced by Kenneth Zohore.
MISS!!!! Alisson comes out to claim a corner, completely misses it, Morrison is there, two yards out, with an open goal at his mercy, but misses the ball completely and the ball flashes across goal and out for a goal kick. Will Cardiff get a better opportunity than that?
And none more important...
CHAAAAAANNCE!!! Huge opportunity to put this game to bed, with Mane picking out Henderson, who is all alone, eight yards out, but the Liverpool skipper blazes over!
Hoilett cuts onto his left foot, curls for goal, but that is an easy save for Alisson.
What a time to score your third goal of the season! The corner from Alexander-Arnold seemed underhit, but Wijnaldum darted to the near post before firing an unstoppable low shot into the net. Fine finish.
GOOOOOOALLLLLL!!! Cardiff 0-1 Liverpool. There it is, at last, and it comes via the surprise right foot of Gini Wijnaldum!
Alexander-Arnold tries his luck from distance, but that is always heading wide. Surely a matter of time before Liverpool find that opener...
Cardiff very careless in possession here - something they cannot do when Liverpool are in town.
CLOSE! Mane picks the ball up on the left, cuts onto his right foot, fires for goal, but the effort flies just over the top.
Great cross to the back post from Mendez-Laing, Morrison gets up highest, but cannot guide the header on target.
Cardiff have actually come out to attack in this second half. Good start from them.
We are back under way. No changes for either side.
Shock on the cards elsewhere...
HT: Cardiff 0-0 Liverpool. The visitors have dominated the game, but have been unable to make any of their chances count. Cardiff have defended manfully, and look a threat on the counter. Huge 45 minutes coming up for Liverpool.
Two minutes of added time at the end of the half.
SAVE! Corner comes in, Liverpool head clear, it comes back in, Niasse is there to hook for goal, but Alisson throws up a hand to tip over.
For all Liverpool's good play, Cardiff do remain a threat on the counter, as Hoilett wins a corner.
Robertson launches the throw into Keita, but Cardiff again make the interception.
Mane tries to bend his run, but just goes too early and is flagged offside.
Salah again runs right at the heart of the Cardiff backline, but Manga stands his ground.
SAVE! Huge opportunity again for Liverpool, with Salah, after a sumptuous turn, denied by the outstretched leg of Etheridge. Again, had to do better.
Matip and Van Dijk have done well so far when called upon, but it remains one-way traffic.
CHANCE! Great cross from Alexander-Arnold into the near post for Mane, but the Liverpool forward fires over from close range. Came at him quickly but should really have done better.
Brilliant defending so far from Cardiff. Salah and Firmino and not getting a second on the ball.
Cardiff are working so hard to win the ball back, and that is lifting the home fans.
Young full-back is struggling.
Mendez-Laing is causing all sorts of problems down the left, he beats Alexander-Arnold once again, but his cross is cleared.
MISS!!! What a chance for Firmino, after being picked out by a superb Mane threaded pass, but the Brazilian blazes over the top with the goal at his mercy.
Liverpool are having to be patient here, with Cardiff doing their best to frustrate their opponents.
Liverpool get back on the attack but are frustrated by the Cardiff defence, who hold firm as they bring it forward and win a free-kick, greeted with loud cheers, on their right to relieve the pressure.
Salah briefly threatens a dangerous-looking counter, with Mane on the far side stretching the two Cardiff defenders back, but he runs into a cul-de-sac and loses the ball.
Cardiff are getting some joy down the left, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing beats Trent Alexander-Arnold, clips the ball in, it falls to Junior Hoilett at the back post, but Andrew Robertson is across to block.
Mane is allowed far too much time to shoot, but the Senegal international lashes the ball well over the top.
Neil Warnock is furious on the bench as Naby Keita escapes a yellow card for a foul in the middle. Would have been a harsh one.
Oumar Niasse breaks in behind the Liverpool backline, but runs the ball out of play as he gets to the byline.
Sadio Made clips a cross into the middle, which looks to be an easy take for Neil Etheridge in the Cardiff goal, but he elects to punch, getting away with it as his defence clear.
Just the 93 per cent possession here. Great atmosphere in the stadium.
Liverpool with all the early possession here, with Cardiff playing very deep.
We are up and running in south Wales.
So here we go! Huge, huge 90 minutes in Liverpool's season. Liverpool are in the hunt for their ninth consecutive victory in all competitions, knowing they simply must keep the pressure on City by climbing above their title rivals once more, in pursuit of that first-ever Premier League title. Cardiff have business of their own to attend to, sitting three points from safety. We are minutes away!
GULP! Cardiff have conceded 5+ goals in three different home league games this season - no side has ever conceded as many in more different home matches in a single Premier League campaign (Derby also 3 in 2007-08).
An unlikely Liverpool backer...
Jurgen Klopp has insisted that there will be no letting up from Liverpool in their pursuit of that first-ever Premier League title: "We are not tired," he said. "It's a decisive period of the season. It's good we are involved in two competitions; it's a sign for success. Training is low intensity because we cannot do a lot. The most important sessions in the week are the games we play. Because of another very strong team in the Premier League, we have to win all our games, and the Champions League is like this anyway in pretty much all the games. Nothing has changed since July; we are in it, and now we want to win it."
The Liverpool defender is also up for another top gong...
Van Dijk in relaxed mood...
HEAD TO HEAD: Cardiff have lost their three Premier League meetings with Liverpool, conceding 13 goals. The Bluebirds have never lost more top-flight matches in a row versus the Reds. A Liverpool victory would see Cardiff become the sixth side the Reds will have beaten in each of their first four Premier League meetings after QPR, West Brom, Wigan, Burnley and Brighton. Liverpool have won each of their last nine Premier League matches against newly promoted sides, scoring 27 goals and conceding just three. The Reds have never won 10 successive such matches in the competition.
CAPTAIN FANTASTIC BACK, CARDIFF UNCHANGED. Three changes for Liverpool following their midweek Champions League win Porto, with the welcome sight of the recently excellent Jordan Henderson returning in midfield to captain the side, with Naby Keita also coming in. James Milner and Fabinho drop to the bench. Roberto Firmino replaces Divock Origi in attack. Cardiff are unchanged from their huge win over Brighton in midweek.
TEAM NEWS - CARDIFF: Etheridge, Peltier, Morrison, Manga, Bennett, Gunnarsson, Ralls, Mendez-Laing, Camarasa, Hoilett, Niasse. Subs: Smithies, Cunningham, Bacuna, Harris, Murphy, Reid, Zohore. /// LIVERPOOL: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Keita, Mane, Salah, Firmino. Subs: Mignolet, Gomez, Milner, Fabinho, Shaqiri, Sturridge, Origi.
The teams are in...
Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Liverpool’s pivotal Premier League clash with Cardiff from the Cardiff City Stadium. Manchester City made it 10 league wins ion a row with victory over Tottenham yesterday to go back to the top of the Premier League table – now it is Liverpool’s turn. They have done the job in the Champions League once again, now, against a reinvigorated Cardiff, it is back to domestic duties. I’m Pete Hall, and I will be bringing you the action, as it happens, live!