Liverpool make the trip to Cardiff on Sunday afternoon in another massive game, knowing only three points will do in the Premier League title race.
Cardiff vs. Liverpool
Sunday, April 21, 2019 – 4pm (BST)
Cardiff City Stadium
Referee: Martin Atkinson
This is the best Reds for team for 30 years—it’s important to acknowledge that every now and again, whenever we get a chance to breathe during this relentless campaign.
The 4-1 victory in Porto on Tuesday night set up a huge Champions League semi-final clash with Barcelona, but focus must now return to league commitments.
Cardiff have given themselves a chance of an unlikely survival after an admirable victory away to Brighton in midweek, highlighting the fight in Neil Warnock’s side.
The manager is a gritty character who still holds a grudge against Liverpool—Rafa Benitez rested players against Fulham back in 2007, helping relegate his Sheffield United team—and they will make life tough for the Reds on Sunday.
Klopp’s men are riding on the crest of a wave at the minute, however, and key players seem to be finding top gear at the perfect time.
Player for player, Liverpool are vastly superior to their opponents and anything other than an away win would be both a shock and a disaster.
If the Reds want to win the title they must win matches of this ilk, as they have done throughout the season.
It might not always be plain sailing at the Cardiff City Stadium, with a Southampton-esque feel to the game, but Liverpool should pass yet another test.
Dejan Lovren may still be missing through illness, but otherwise everyone else is available for selection.
Rotation may be in Klopp’s mind, although the excursions away to Porto weren’t too brutal and some key men didn’t play the whole 90 minutes.
Joe Gomez made his first appearance since December on Wednesday night, but he is still working his way back to full fitness.
Neither Wijnaldam or Milner did enough to merit keeping their place.
Cardiff are without Sol Bamba, Alex Smithies, Matthew Connolly and Callum Paterson, while midfield pair Aron Gunnarsson and Harry Arter are doubts.
Former Liverpool defender Lee Peltier, who made all four of his Reds appearances during the 2006/07 season, is expected to start for the Bluebirds.
Last 5 Meetings with Cardiff (All Competitions)
Won 4-1 (h) – October 2018 (Salah, Mane x2, Shaqiri; Paterson)
Won 6-3 (a) – March 2014 (Mutch x2, Campbell; Suarez x3, Skrtel x2, Sturridge)
Won 3-1 (h) – December 2013 (Suarez x2, Sterling; Mutch)
Drew 2-2 (n) – February 2012 (Mason, Turner; Skrtel, Kuyt) – Liverpool won 3-2 on penalties
Won 2-1 (h) – October 2007 (El Zhar, Gerrard; Purse)
Cardiff City Stadium
Away fans’ pubs: To be completely honest, I can’t recall seeing many away fans in pubs near the stadium.
Considering most fans will be arriving by train, the Canton area is your best bet. It’s a short walk away from Grangetown Station and it’s where you will find a great atmosphere on matchday.
The Canton Cross Vaults is a great pub, as is the Corporation and the Ivor Davies.
One piece of advice for visiting fan: Make it a weekend break.
Cardiff is an amazing city and it would be a pity to visit just for a few hours—particularly considering it’s a four-hour journey from Merseyside.
Answers courtesy of View From the Ninian.
Did You Know?
Since the turn of the year, no player has scored more Premier League goals than Mane (10), with Sergio Aguero level with the Senegalese.
The 27-year-old has achieved that total in just 12 appearances, highlighting why he has been Liverpool’s main man in 2019.
Mane has 22 goals to his name this season, which is already the best tally of his career with four league games still remaining, and potentially three Champions League matches.
He is unquestionably one of Europe’s most devastating wide players.
Cardiff – Last five results (all competitions)
Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)
Speaking ahead of the game on Friday, Klopp praised Cardiff and the threat they could pose this weekend:
“People thought couple weeks ago they were done.
“They were really unlucky against Chelsea, nearly [won all] three points and in the end, zero. They responded really well, it’s impressive.
“Neil [Warnock] and Cardiff gained a lot of confidence and rightly so. It was massive against Brighton; if they lost that game, the fight for the league [survival] was finished but now it starts again.
“We have to show we are ready for this difficult fight.”
TV & Live Blog Info
Cardiff vs. Liverpool is live on Sky Sports Main Event from 3.30pm (BST), with kickoff at the Cardiff City Stadium at 4pm.
Chris Williams is tasked with talking you through the action on This is Anfield’s matchday live blog.
He will be keeping you company from 3.15pm.