Liverpool Prepare for Desperate Cardiff
The Blue Jays picked up an important win against an equally unimpressive Fulham last week, but Liverpool should have no problems with the relegation favorites.
That was reflected midweek when manager Neil Warnock admitted that his side’s task was “nearly impossible”.
Jurgen Klopp will be aware that Cardiff’s plan will be to sit back and hope for a lucky goal, but with the return to form display against Red Star, there shouldn’t be any problems whatsoever.
Liverpool – Team News and Predicted Lineup
Liverpool don’t have any fresh injury concerns, but a number of players could be rested after a hectic run of tough games.
Both fullbacks have earned a break, and there isn’t too much risk involved in allowing Alberto Moreno and Nathaniel Clyne a run in this game. Similarly, Adam Lallana should be given another opportunity to start against lesser opposition.
However, Klopp should consider starting all, or most, of Mo Salah, Bobby Firmino, Sadio Mane, Xherdan Shaqiri, and Fabinho to ensure they can build on their last performances and take a great deal of confidence into the Arsenal game next week.
Cardiff – Team News and Predicted Lineup
Cardiff aren’t contending with any major injuries, althought the likes of Harry Arter are dealing with knocks.
Warnock will likely try and take a page out of Roy Hodgson’s book and play with two very low banks of four.
Although, Cardiff don’t have anywhere near the quality of Crystal Palace, so it’s hard to imagine this system working as well as it did at Selhurst Park.
It’s difficult to see this game going any other way. Cardiff will sit back and hang on for dear life, while Liverpool will eventually find the cracks in their system and force them open.
Once Liverpool have found the net twice, it’ll be interesting to see if Klopp pursues a result of last season’s ilk and punish Cardiff when they come out to try and salvage a result, or if he instructs his men to simply see the game out.
Either way, the Reds will score goals in this game, and will finish the match as comfortable victors.
It may appear to be overconfidence, but it’s purely logical analysis of how the game should go. Of course football is played on a pitch, not paper, but given both sides’ respective forms, this one should be a sure thing.
It’s harder to predict the lineup for this match than the result. Liverpool will almost certainly win.
The only question is by what margin? I’m going for a 4-0 routing with all three of Firmino, Salah, and Mane getting on the score sheet.
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