Liverpool earned a deserved 3-1 win over a troubled Cardiff side with star man Luis Suarez putting in a Man of the Match display, two goals from him and one from Raheem Sterling earned Liverpool three points and sent them back to the Premier League summit.
Suarez was the player to give Liverpool the lead after 25 minutes. He started the move as well, picking the ball up twenty yards from goal, and then playing a simple pass to Joe Allen who knocked it wide left to Jordan Henderson whose first time cross picked out a rampaging Suarez again and the Uruguayan’s volley just inside the area nestled into the corner. David Marshall in goal had no chance and Suarez was poetry in motion, showcasing why many think he’s the finest talent in the league. Lovely team play from The Reds as well, one touch football.
Liverpool doubled their lead 5 minutes before half time when Henderson’s pass split the defence, Suarez ran through the empty space that Cardiff’s defence allowed him, far too far up the pitch, Suarez could easily have scored himself but he unselfishly squared it to Raheem Sterling who had the easy task of slotting into an empty net for 2-0.
Luis Suarez ended the game as a contest just before half time when Henderson’s back-heel found its way to the league’s top scorer again and he hit a first time curling shot that flew past Marshall and into the back of the net for 3-0 Liverpool. Game over.
Liverpool always looked like scoring in the opening half, their first major chance of the match came when after a number of cleared crosses, one finally arrived at the feet Luis Suarez but his shot was narrowly wide, some sections of the home support thinking it was 1-0 after just two minutes. Liverpool’s stand-in Captain looked in inspired mood following the signing of his four and a half-year contract extension Yesterday and he had a shot blocked before teeing up Joe Allen to play in John Flanagan who fired wide just minutes later.
It was Cardiff who forced the first real save of the game though. Jordan Mutch found an unmarked Craig Noone who broke free of Liverpool’s high line and curled a shot towards goal by Simon Mignolet safely punched it out for a corner.
Phillipe Coutinho also came close for Liverpool, he hit the post after an ambitious shot from a tight angle. Martin Skrtel was another man who should have doubled the home side’s lead but he failed to keep his header down following Flanagan’s delivery.
The Anfield crowd could not believe that they were still only 1-0 up after 37 minutes when Glen Johnson’s low cross fizzed across the face of goal, Suarez failed to connect with it but Flanagan was there to get a shot off that hit the inside of the post and somehow stayed out.
The new Premiership leaders could only force half chances in the early stages of the second period with Coutinho and then Henderson firing long-range shots well past the post.
Cardiff got a goal out of nowhere just before the hour mark when a Peter Whittingham free-kick on the right hand side was headed home by an unmarked Jordan Mutch. Awful defending.
Liverpool could have easily had a fourth when a long ball over the top found Sterling clean through on goal, his touch let him down though and instead of shooting he was forced to attempt a dribble around Marshall. He was brought down, fairly, but the ball landed at Suarez’s feet and from a tight angle he hit the outside of the post.
Luis Suarez wasn’t far away from picking up the match ball, collecting the ball from the edge of the area before attempting a long-range curler similar to his second goal, this shot sailed harmlessly wide though.
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