Liverpool vs Cardiff: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up & Prediction
It will be the last match of the year at Anfield and with tough games – away trips to Manchester City and Chelsea – coming on their way during the busy festive period, Brendan Rodgers will be hoping for yet another home victory.
Liverpool camp will be further boosted by the news of Luis Suarez signing a new contract at Anfield. The Uruguayan star, who has scored 17 goals in 11 league games so far, has become the highest paid player in the club’s history.
The Reds have won 8 of their 9 home matches in the Premier League, have scored 22 goals at home, scored 14 goals in their last 3 league games – whatever way you see it, they’re outright favorites to win this tie.
These are uncertain times at Cardiff regarding managerial situation with owner Vincent Tan having told manager Malky Mackay to resign or face the inevitable sacking. Chairman Mehmet Dalman though has convinced the Malaysian businessman to hold one final round of negotiations.
The Bluebirds have only managed one win away from home and it’s hard to find out how they would salvage something against a rampaging Liverpool at the moment.
Liverpool will still be without their inspirational skipper Steven Gerrard who won’t be fit to return to the New Year because of his hamstring injury. Striker Daniel Sturridge and left-back Jose Enrique also miss out with injury problems.
Former Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy is Cardiff’s only injury worry with Mackay has a fully available squad to pick his best eleven from.
Liverpool Possible Line-Up
Prediction: 3-1 - Liverpool to continue their fine run, with more attacking brilliance to be shown from their devastating forward line.