Another sensational, Luis Suarez-inspired display took Liverpool to the top of the Premier League after blowing Cardiff away in the first-half.
Liverpool 3-1 Cardiff City
Premier League, Saturday 21st December 2013
Goals: Suarez 25, 45, Sterling 42 // Mutch 58.
Suarez scored twice – both superb strikes – and assisted the other to give Brendan Rodgers’ side a comfortable lead at half-time.
The second half performance wasn’t on a par, and Liverpool again showed their achilles heel – conceding from a set-piece. Jordan Mutch was left completely unmarked to head in at the back post.
And Cardiff could have had a penalty when Martin Skrtel was lucky to get away with grappling from another set-piece.
But Liverpool had chances galore, Sterling and Suarez could both have added to their goals in the second half, while Glen Johnson missed a very good one-on-one chance in the first half.
Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Skrtel, Sakho, Flanagan (Kelly 55), Lucas, Allen, Henderson, Coutinho (Agger 83), Suarez, Sterling.
Subs: Jones, Toure, Alberto, Aspas, Moses.
Cardiff City: Marshall, Theophile-Catherine, Taylor, Medel (Campbell 55), Caulker, Turner, Odemwingie (Kim 55), Mutch, Gunnarsson (Cornelius 80), Whittingham, Noone.
Subs: Lewis; Hudson, Cowie, John.