Liverpool vs. Cardiff City
Saturday, October 27, 2018 — 3pm (BST)
Referee: Stuart Attwell
The Reds sit second in the table behind champions Man City on goal difference, despite not yet getting out of second or third gear.
You feel this could be the start of some scintillating displays as fitness levels improve and key individuals find more rhythm to their game.
Hoping to put an immediate stop to that are Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City – a limited outfit who will surprise many if they somehow avoid relegation back to the Championship this season.
Warnock teams are always well-drilled and keen to upset the apple cart, though, and the veteran would love nothing more than to frustrate the hosts and snatch something.
The Bluebirds’ 4-2 win over Fulham last weekend was their first in the league this season, so they will be going into the game with a certain amount of confidence.
That being said, Liverpool are on another level in terms of quality and only a superb defensive outing will give Cardiff a sniff of a positive result.
They are Klopp’s only fitness concerns, as things stand.
It will be interesting to see if the German goes with an unchanged starting lineup from the Red Star game.
Trent Alexander-Arnold‘s attacking quality is also required in a game where Liverpool will have lots of the ball, rather than using Gomez at right-back.
Someone else who doesn’t merit losing his place is Xherdan Shaqiri, who already looks the part for his new club. He is expected to be a part of the attack, along with Salah and Mane.
Danny Ward, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and former Liverpool man Lee Peltier are long-term absentees for Cardiff, while Joe Ralls is suspended.
Gary Madine could return after struggling with illness but Harry Arter and Josh Murphy are doubts and will be assessed.
Last 5 at home to Cardiff
Won 3-1 – December 2013 (Suarez x2, Sterling; Mutch)
Won 2-1 – October 2007 (El Zhar, Gerrard; Purse)
Lost 4-0 – December 1959 (Tapscott x2, Watkins, Bonson)
Lost 2-1 – September 1958 (Banks; Bonson, Hewitt)
Won 3-0 – August 1957 (Malloy OG, Melia, Liddell)
Did You Know?
The Reds have played nine home games since then and they will fancy their chances of making it into double figures this weekend.
Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)
Cardiff City – Last five results (all competitions)
Speaking at Melwood on Friday, Klopp returned the favour after Warnock’s kind words about him, lauding the Cardiff boss’ qualities:
“He looks like a character, a very emotional and lively person.
“I saw the final period of the Championship last year and it was impressive how they did it. They deserved it.
“He looks like a very demanding manager and always has my respect.”
TV & Live Blog Info
Liverpool experience just their second Saturday 3pm (BST) kick-off of the season, meaning the match is not screened on UK television.
This is Anfield’s live blog is the perfect place to keep an eye on the game instead, with Henry Jackson bringing you minute-by-minute updates from 2.15pm.