Liverpool has beaten Cardiff City 3-1 earlier today at Anfield to rise to the top of the table in the Barclays Premier League. A brace by the irresistible Luis Suarez and a goal by Raheem Sterling helped Brendan Rodgers‘ men seal the win. The reds are now with a total of 36 points and will remain on top if Arsenal (35 points) do not beat Chelsea on Monday.
The reds, still without their captain Steven Gerrard and striker Daniel Sturridge, fielded the same starting XI as last Sunday in their 5-0 win against Tottenham. Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay decided to stick with his 4-2-3-1 formation for this trip to Anfield. The Scottish manager, under pressure before this game, has probably led Cardiff for the last time.
Perfectly served by Jordan Henderson , Luis Suarez gave the lead to Liverpool at the 25th minute with a wonderful volley that left Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall motionless. The reds doubled their lead at the 42nd minute by youngster Raheem Sterling. On a counter-attack, Suarez unselfishly squared the ball to the Jamaican-born player who just had to tap the ball into the empty net. Three minutes later, Suarez beautifully curled his right-footed strike into the side net to score Liverpool’s third goal and his second of the day.
Probably shaken up by their manager’s halftime talk, Cardiff City players came back from the break with much more energy and belief. The bluebirds were rewarded at the 58th minute with a goal by Jordon Mutch. The Cardiff midfielder, who was strangely left alone at the far post, headed the ball into Simon Mignolet‘s side net to beat the Belgian goalkeeper. Despite a much improved second half, Cardiff was unable to get a second goal to put Liverpool under pressure.
Luis Suarez has once again shown why he is the best striker in the world at the moment. The Uruguayan striker has once again led Liverpool to another convincing win over Cardiff City, and just like last week when Liverpool’s win cost Andre Villas Boas his job, it looks like Cardiff manager Malky Mackay will also be sacked after a defeat against the reds.