will look to continue their fine form when they host Cardiff City on Saturday.
On 27th October, Liverpool will host Cardiff City as the Reds look forward to extending their unbeaten home streak in the Premier League to 26 matches. Anfield has proved to be a fortress for Liverpool this Premier League season with their strong run at home extending from last season into this one. More than just a win, the visitors at the Kop have found it difficult to even find the net at least once in the game. The last someone scored at Anfield was in February when Michail Antonio netted one in the 59th minute, nonetheless, the game was won by Liverpool emphatically with a stunning 4 – 1 scoreline. Since then the Reds haven’t conceded at home, which now totals to 841 minutes in playing time. The club record is 934 minutes and the team this season seems to be inching closer to beating that.
Jurgen Klopp’s men are in a great form as they got back to winning ways in Champions League against Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday with a 4 – 0 thumping. The famed front 3 of Firmino, Salah and, Mane all found the net on the weekday fixture with the Egyptian bagging two (which is being considered as Salah’s return to scoring ways as well). LFC’s front three have scored 15 times between them in the Reds’ opening 13 games this season. At the same stage of 2017/18 season, they had recorded a total of 13. The Reds have scored two more goals (16) and conceded 13 fewer (three) than they had at this stage of last season.
In the last 58 years, Cardiff and Liverpool have met four times with Reds winning all four. Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock has faced Liverpool six times as a manager in league football. He has won once, with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in November 2014 (3-1). He has lost all four visits to Anfield in league and cup, with Notts County, Sheffield United (twice) and Queens Park Rangers.
Liverpool made five changes on Wednesday from the side that defeated Huddersfield Town 1-0 in their previous league outing. The same side is now expected to be fielded on Saturday afternoon with Fabinho making his first start in the league. The fixture hands Fabinho the opportunity to impress during the absence of both captain Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita with the pair both carrying injuries.
On the challenge of facing the Reds, the Bluebirds manager Neil Warnock said: “I think their front three is probably the best around the world. But we’re playing quite well and I think we can cause problems. You’ve got to go there and believe. We’ve all got to play to the top of our potential to give them a good game, and hope that they have a bit of an off day. I know the lads are looking forward to it; it’s not every day you go to Anfield. It’s a special place for football.”
Jurgen Klopp in the pre-match conference noted that no match is ever easy and that Cardiff despite their poor form is a side to be reckoned with, “We are aware of the quality of Cardiff. Last week gave them a big boost but before they were not bad, the games before then were pretty tight, and they could have got a different result. They deserve all our respect and they’ll get it.”