Barclays Premier League
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Liverpool v Cardiff

21 Dec 2013, KO: 12:45

Minute by minute

Post We'll be back on Boxing Day with live updates from the Etihad when the Reds take on Manchester City. Thanks for following, YNWA
Post That's it from our live coverage at Anfield on the day Liverpool went top of the Barclays Premier League and Luis Suarez took his tally for the season so far to 19 goals in just 12 appearances
Post Rodgers: "I said before now and I’ll repeat again – I think it's unprecedented for a club to go from seventh to first. But I think in this moment in time, as we're sat at the top of the table, it shows the great work that the players and the football club is aligned to. We've got to just keep this momentum going."
Post Rodgers on the upcoming trips to Manchester City and Chelsea: “We’re really looking forward to the games. At Manchester City last year, we should have won and ended up drawing the game. "Manchester City have a great squad of players; everyone looks at them as Manchester City's title to lose because of the squad they have. For us, it's just about taking each game at a time. We have been on a fantastic run, the quality of our football is at a really high level – we're pressing the game very well, our aggression to get the ball back is good. We'll arrive there on Boxing Day in a really good moment. It's a game I'm really looking forward to."
Post Rodgers on Suarez: "It shows you the team player that he is. I thought he showed great humility as well, when Daniel Agger came on the field, he brought the armband straight to him because he's the vice-captain. It shows you the humility of the man. Two brilliant goals, a genuine world-class player. The pivotal point of the team is really exciting and dynamic at the moment."
Post Asked for a superlative to sum up Suarez's performance today, Rodgers replied: "The one for today is unselfish. First of all, it is for the second goal, he's through on goal and you don't see too many strikers do that."
Post Brendan Rodgers: "It was an outstanding team performance. Some of the movement and fluidity in our game was excellent. We scored three and could have had more."
Post LFC had a passing accuracy of 87.4 per cent
Post The Reds had 68.8 per cent possession, making 637 passes
Post Seven of which were on target, resulting in three goals
Post Liverpool had 27 shots on goal today, compared to Cardiff's 10
94 FULL-TIME: Liverpool go top of the Barclays Premier League
90 Four minutes of added time to be played...
89 Sterling slides Suarez through, but his low drive is saved by Marshall
85 In it comes...away by Skrtel
85 Agger concedes a corner
83 Substitution: Daniel Agger for Philippe Coutinho:
82 Suarez evades a challenge on the edge of the box and then curls just off target
81 Coutinho shoots from range...wide
80 Substitution: Andreas Cornelius for Aron Gunnarsson:
78 Allen climbs well to meet Coutinho's corner, but heads well over
75 Almost the hat-trick for Suarez as Coutinho's superb pass over the top sends Sterling through. He's denied by the goalkeeper, but Suarez pounces on the loose ball and strikes the outside of the post
72 First Booking: Raheem Sterling:
71 ...the corner causes panic in the LFC box, but it's eventually cleared
70 Noone wins a corner off Kelly...
68 Coutinho sends it in, but Cardiff clear
68 Suarez creates space for a shot on the edge of the box. It's blocked and goes wide. Corner to LFC
66 Turner guides Whittingham's centre goalwards, but it's an easy take for Mignolet
65 Whittingham's delivery is too high for everyone, but Suarez gives away a free-kick on the other side of the pitch
64 Campbell wins a free-kick off Allen in a dangerous position
58 Cardiff have a goal back as Mutch diverts a header beyond Mignolet from close range following a free-kick
58 GOAL! Jordan Mutch:
55 Substitution: Martin Kelly for Jon Flanagan:
55 Substitution: Fraizer Campbell for Gary Medel:
55 Substitution: Kim Bo-Kyung for Peter Odemwingie:
51 Coutinho marauds into space just outside the box before dragging wide
48 @TonyBarretTimes: "When the legendary Dixie Dean scored 60 goals in a season his rate was 1.53 goals per game. Suarez's current rate is 1.58. Unreal."
47 Coutinho's corner breaks for Sterling on the edge of the box, who drills just wide
46 Flanagan tries to pull the ball back for Allen, but Cardiff clear
45 Suarez has his second of the afternoon and yes, you guessed it, it's another cracker. This time he curls a low effort right across goal from the left-side of the box and finds the far bottom corner after collecting Henderson's backheel. Stunning
45 GOAL! Luis Suarez:
42 Incredibly unselfish play from Suarez, who is sent clean through on goal by Henderson’s outside-of-the-foot pass. The Uruguayan elects to square for Sterling, however, who nets with a side-foot finish
42 GOAL! Raheem Sterling:
41 First Booking: Martin Skrtel:
40 Suarez feeds Johnson into space in the box. The full-back's touch is too heavy, however, and Marshall gathers
39 Sterling evades the offside trap to go through on goal, but his low drive is thwarted by Marshall
38 So nearly 2-0 for Liverpool as Suarez can't manage to get enough purchase on Johnson's dangerous cross. The ball reaches the unmarked Flanagan at the back post, whose low effort is hacked off the line
35 Skrtel rises highest to meet Flanagan's cross from the left, but he heads over the bar
35 @InfostradaLive: "PL RECORD: Luis Suarez scores his 9th PL goal of December 2013 – a new PL record for most goals by player in a single month. #lfc"
33 Suarez plays a short corner to Coutinho, who spins past his man with a piece of brilliant skill before shooting against the base of the post
32 Liverpool win a corner...
29 Whittingham's dangerous delivery from a free-kick causes momentary panic inside the LFC box, but Mignolet eventually collects
28 @1stLadyOfFooty: "SUAREZ! That's 18 league goals in 12 appearances this season. 12 goals in his last five home games. 28 goals in 26 PL matches in 2013. #LFC"
27 @DominicKing_DM: "GOAL! Who else? Superbly crafted opportunity and @luis16suarez smashes home from 18 yards on the volley. He's unstoppable at present 1-0"
26 @JamesPearceEcho: "That's 13 goals in six appearances at Anfield so far this season for @luis16suarez"
26 @prenno: "One chance. One goal. Another outstanding finish from @luis16suarez Phenomenal run he's on this season"
25's that man again. Suarez opens the scoring with yet another stunning effort. This time, our No.7 finds the back of the net with a full first-time volley from Henderson's cross. Sublime stuff
25 GOAL! Luis Suarez:
21 Coutinho tries to dig out a pass to find Henderson's run. Marshall collects
18 Sakho chests the ball off to Coutinho from Suarez's cross, but the Brazilian's effort is blocked
17 Typical play from Suarez as he holds off three challenges on the edge of the area before shooting goalwards, but it's deflected wide
16 From the resulting corner, Mutch heads wide from Whittingham's delivery
15 Mignolet needs to be at full stretch to thwart Noone's curler from the edge of the area after the midfielder drove towards goal from deep
12 Sakho gives the ball away to Mutch in a dangerous position, but his driven cross sails out of play
10 Suarez lofts a cross into the box with the outside of his boot, but Coutinho can't get there
8 ...Whittingham swings it in, but the referee spots a foul by a Cardiff player
7 Cardiff have a corner...
5 Sterling tees up Suarez, whose effort is blocked by Taylor. The ball breaks for Coutinho, who fires wide
2 Sterling bursts into space inside the box and attempts to cut the ball back for Henderson, but he can't get there. Allen picks up the ball and plays it back to the No.14, whose close-range effort is blocked by Marshall. Suarez then volleys into the side netting
Pre The players make their way out onto the pitch and we're almost ready to go here at Anfield
Pre Luis Suarez gets an incredible reception from inside the stadium as his name is read out by match day announcer, Peter McDowall
Pre Cardiff substitutes: Lewis; Hudson, Cornelius, Campbell, Kim, Cowie, John.
Pre Cardiff team: Marshall; Theophile-Catherine, Caulker, Turner, Taylor; Medel, Gunnarsson; Noone, Mutch, Whittingham; Odemwingie.
Pre Substitutes: Jones, Toure, Agger, Alberto, Aspas, Moses, Kelly.
Pre The Reds’ team is: Mignolet, Johnson, Flanagan, Skrtel, Sakho, Lucas, Allen, Henderson, Coutinho, Sterling, Suarez.
Pre TEAM NEWS: Brendan Rodgers has named an unchanged line-up for today’s clash with Cardiff.
Pre He explained: “Where we are really likely to suffer is at either end. Our attacking threat is blunt, with Fraizer Campbell - although a willing worker - struggling to make an impact at this level and Peter Odemwingie yet to impress. If Suarez chooses, as is likely, to target Ben Turner, it is very difficult to see him coping, especially with his ironically lacking turning ability.”
Pre We asked Cardiff City supporter Andrew Birch for the view from the opposition ahead of today’s game and he revealed where the Reds could hurt their visitors today…
Pre "For now we need to concentrate on the Cardiff game and try and ensure those three points. It's a game we really want to win and take all three points prior to taking on Chelsea and City."
Pre The 23-year-old said: "We need to concentrate on each game and pick up as many points as possible along the way. It would be great to beat Cardiff, but after that I always say that you look at the points tally at the end of the season.
Pre Speaking to this week, French defender Mamadou Sakho warned against any complacency when the Welsh outfit visit Anfield.
Pre Liverpool scored nine goals in their opening eight home league games of last season. In the same number this campaign they have hit 22.
Pre Luis Suarez, who signed a new, long-term contract and could captain Liverpool again today, has scored 11 goals in his last four home games.
Pre The Reds are averaging more than two goals per game in the league under Brendan Rodgers - which is the best goals per game ratio of any Liverpool manager since their first, John McKenna, in 1896.
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Pre Live build-up, interviews and pre-match analysis will begin on the club’s official television channel, LFC TV, from 11.45am GMT – and get involved in our post-match phone in show by phoning 0845 234 4567, email, text 60070 starting your message with the word 'LFC' or tweet @LFC.
Pre You can follow all of the action right here, without having to leave or refresh this page, with text updates, audio commentary, in-play statistics, scores from elsewhere and a league table.
Pre Kick-off is at 12.45pm GMT at Anfield today and we will have confirmed team news for you directly from the home dressing room – before anywhere else – at around 11.45am GMT.
Pre The Reds could take top spot in the division with three more points today and, should Arsenal fail to overcome Chelsea on Monday evening, could potentially remain there over Christmas.
Pre Welcome to the match centre, where we will keep you updated with everything that happens before, during and after Liverpool’s Barclays Premier League clash with Cardiff City.
KICK OFF: Liverpool get the game underway at Anfield
KICK OFF: Liverpool get the game underway at Anfield