Football news - Liverpool go top with Cardiff rout

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By / Premier League / Sunday, 28 October 2018 08:35

Premier League, Anfield – Liverpool 4 (Salah, 10, Mane, 66, 87, Shaqiri 84) Cardiff 1 (Paterson, 77)

Sadio Mane scored a second-half double as Liverpool turned on the style to move to the top of the Premier League table courtesy of a 4-1 win against Cardiff at Anfield.

Mohamed Salah, fresh from a brace in the Reds’ four-goal thrashing of Red Star in the Champions League in midweek, opened the scoring with just 10 minutes on the clock, after he slotted home following a scramble in the Cardiff box.

Jurgen Klopp’s side completely dominated a limited visiting side but had to wait until the 66th minute to add a second, when Mane took aim from the edge of the box and fired past Neil Etheridge.

However, Cardiff cut the arrears with just over 10 minutes to go when Callum Paterson capitalised on some hesitant defending to poke the ball past Alisson. That goal mustered quite the response from the hosts, who fired two in three minutes through Xherdan Shaqiri and Mane to put gloss on an already polished performance.

The win moves Liverpool three points clear of Manchester City at the top of the table, who face Tottenham on Monday at Wembley.
TALKING POINT - Free-scoring Liverpool are back
Despite their lofty position and near-perfect start to the season, Liverpool's incredible front-three hadn't exactly been firing on all cylinders - until this week. Salah, Mane and Roberto Firmino hadn't been at their fluid best, with Liverpool having to grind out wins, but the swagger returned in the mid-week victory over Red Star Belgrade, and the trio continued in that vein in this irresistible performance against Cardiff. Now they are back to their free-scoring best, the Reds can truly test Manchester City's ability to retain their title.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Registering two assists to go along with his fourth strike in a week, Salah was inspirational. Cardiff simply couldn't cope with the 26-year-old's blistering pace, movement and his range of passing. Incredibly, he has now scored against 18 of the 20 different opponents that he’s faced in the Premier League for Liverpool.
Liverpool: Alisson 6, Van Dijk 6, Lovren 6, Moreno 6, Alexander-Arnold 6, Wijnaldum 7, Lallana 5, Fabinho 6, Firmino 8, Salah 9, Mane 9. Subs: Milner 5, Shaqiri 8.

Cardiff: Etheridge 7, Bennett 5, Bamba 5, Morrison 6, Manga 5, Murphy 6, Paterson 7, Gunnarsson 6, Camarasa 5, Hoilett 6, Reid 5. Subs: Zohore 5, Harris 5, Damour 5.
10' - GOAL! Liverpool 1-0 Cardiff: SALAH! Business as usual for the Egyptian. Cardiff fail to clear a cross, the ball bobbles around the penalty area. Mane and Wijnaldum have shots blocked, it falls to Salah who converts at the far post.

13' - CLOSE! Nearly a first goal in Liverpool colours for Van Dijk! Salah, who finds himself in a deep position, chips in a cross, Van Dijk climbs above Bamba to head at goal and Etheridge scrambles to make the save. May have even hit the post.

45'+1 - OFF THE LINE! Lallana's bullet-header is cleared off the line by Morrison, with goalkeeper Etheridge rooted to the spot. And there is the half-time whistle!

66' - GOAL! Liverpool 2-0 Cardiff: MANE DOUBLES THE ADVANTAGE! A lovely hit from the forward! The ball falls to him on the edge of the box, he wriggles through a crowd of Cardiff defenders and blasts an emphatic shot past Etheridge at his near post.

77' - GOAL! Liverpool 2-1 Cardiff: BACK IN THE GAME! Liverpool switch off at the back and the visitors capitalise. Hoilett is allowed space to deliver a cross, it takes a deflection off Van Dijk and falls kindly for Paterson who sticks it past Allisson. Game on?!

84' - GOAL! Liverpool 3-1 Cardiff: SUPER-SUB SHAQIRI TO THE RESCUE! The Swiss international eases the Reds' nerves with a lovely left-footed finish from close range after accepting Salah's pass.
87' - GOAL! Liverpool 4-1 Cardiff: MANE WRAPS IT UP! Salah sticks a delicious pass between two retreating Cardiff defenders for Mane to run onto and he finishes with aplomb, dinking it over Etheridge.

Mohamed Salah has scored in each of his last four Premier League games against newly-promoted sides.
Sadio Mane is the seventh African player to reach 50+ Premier League goals after Drogba (104), Adebayor (97), Yakubu (95), Y. Toure (62), Kanu (54) and Ekoku (52).
Liverpool conceded their first home Premier League goal in 10 games and 15 hours, 18 minutes. Callum Paterson was the first opposing player to score in the league at Anfield since West Ham’s Michail Antonio on February 24.


Cholo Radjavi

Cholo Radjavi

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