Match Preview – Cardiff City vs Liverpool

Liverpool travel to Cardiff City on Sunday looking to continue their push for a first Premier League title.

Two points separate Liverpool from Manchester City at the top at present, although that could have changed by the time this game kicks off.

With City playing Tottenham on Sunday, Liverpool may find themselves needing a win to keep up with Pep Guardiola’s side. , Should City lose or draw; however, this game may be their opportunity to open up a gap at the top.

It’s likely to be hard to come by against the Bluebirds, though. Neill Warnock’s side may be 18th at present but they are fighting for their Premier League lives at present.

A win over Brighton in midweek took them to within two points of safety, and they will be keen to ensure they do not make this game an easy one for Liverpool.

Team News

Cardiff will be without key man Harry Arter, who has picked up a calf strain that rules him out of this game.

Likewise, Aron Gunnarsson faces a late fitness test for this game after coming off against Brighton with a back injury. Leandro Bacuna is the first-choice replacement for him.

Liverpool, meanwhile, do not have any new injury problems at this stage of the season. Indeed, their focus is on returning players.

Dejan Lovren will be back after missing the trip to Porto with injury while Joe Gomez is available again after featuring against the Portuguese giants.

What the managers said

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GILLINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM – JANUARY 05: Neil Warnock, Manager of Cardiff City. (Photo by Henry Browne/Getty Images)

Neill Warnock was not optimistic ahead of the game, insisting his side are focusing on not getting beat heavily.

Mohamed Salah, Liverpool

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“We just want to give a good performance and not get a battering really,” he said.

“If we freeze and make a mistake early on, we may as well go home. They will just pick you off. That’s what you get with quality players.”

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PORTO, PORTUGAL – APRIL 17: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile insisted his side are not focusing on a Champions League semi-final with Barcelona.

“These are all massive games. None of them are won before we start,” he said.

“Everybody thinks a lot about Barcelona but before Barcelona, it’s Cardiff and Huddersfield, and it’s exactly the same importance to us as the other games.”

Stats

Cardiff have lost their three Premier League meetings with Liverpool, conceding 13 goals. The Bluebirds have never lost more top-flight matches in a row versus the Reds.

Liverpool have won each of their last nine Premier League matches against newly promoted sides, scoring 27 goals and conceding just three. The Reds have never won 10 successive such matches in the competition.

No team has played more English league games on Easter Sunday than Liverpool (7), with the Reds’ only defeat on that day coming in 2008 (0-3 vs. Man Utd).

Cardiff have picked up just two points from their 22 Premier League games against the six ever-present sides in the competition losing their last 18 in a row against Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Man Utd, and Spurs.

Mohamed Salah has scored 19 league goals this season and could become just the third Liverpool player to score 20 in consecutive Premier League campaigns.

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