Liverpool survived a first-half scare of going behind twice to cruise to a 6-3 victory at Cardiff City on Saturday afternoon, keeping them second in the Premier League.
Cardiff City 3-6 Liverpool
Saturday, 22nd March 2014
Cardiff City Stadium
Brendan Rodgers made one change to the starting XI that beat Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford last weekend, swapping Raheem Sterling for Philippe Coutinho.
The visitors were behind twice in the first half, conceding weakly to Jordon Mutch and Frazer Campbell. Luis Suarez and Martin Skrtel equalised twice to enter half-time with the game level.
A resurgent Liverpool came out for the second-half and when Skrtel got his second of the game, the game finally swung the Reds’ way.
Suarez got a second after superb play by Daniel Sturridge, back-heeling the ball under pressure to the Uruguayan, before Suarez turned provider for his strike partner for Liverpool‘s fifth.
More sloppy defending let in Cardiff’s Mutch for a consolation goal late on, but Suarez still had time to bag his hat-trick, slotting home with ease deep into injury time.
Liverpool are beginning to cement their place in the league’s top three, moving three points ahead of fourth place Arsenal, who lost 6-0 at Chelsea earlier on Saturday.
Next up for the Reds is a rearranged game against Sunderland on Wednesday, 26th March at Anfield, before Tim Sherwood’s Tottenham travel to Merseyside on Sunday, 30 March.
Line-ups and Substitutions
Cardiff City: Marshall, Fabio, John (Daehli – 65′ ), Théophile-Catherine, Torres Ruiz, Caulke, Mutch, Medel, Bellamy (Jones – 70′ ), Campbell, Kim (Zaha – 65′ ).
Substitutes: Turner, Whittingham, Jones, Gunnarsson, Daehli, Lewis, Zaha.
LiverpoolL Mignolet, Johnson, Flanagan (Cissokho – 73′ ), Gerrard, Skrtel, Agger, Henderson, Coutinho (Sterling – 68′ ), Suarez, Sturridge (Sakho – 92′ ), Allen.
Substitutes: Jones, Iago Aspas, Moses, Sakho, Cissokho, Lucas, Sterling
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Luis Suarez 1-1 (16 mins)
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Martin Skrtel 2-2 (41 mins)
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Skrtel 3-2 (54 mins)
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Suarez 4-2 (60 mins)
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Sturridge 5-2 (75 mins)
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Suarez 6-4 (90 mins)
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