23 Apr Cardiff Metropolis v Liverpool Match Report, 21/04/2019, Premier League
Georginio Wijnaldum and James Milner scored the objectives in Liverpool’s win at Cardiff Metropolis, sending the Reds above Manchester Metropolis.
Liverpool maintained their pursuit for a primary league title in 29 years with a battling 2-Zero victory over relegation-threatened Cardiff Metropolis on Sunday.
After Manchester Metropolis moved to the summit with a hard-fought triumph of their very own in opposition to Tottenham simply over 24 hours earlier, the Reds have been made to sweat within the April sunshine by a aspect occupying the ultimate relegation spot within the desk.
Ultimately, Liverpool discovered a intelligent option to break down a cussed Cardiff defence, Georginio Wijnaldum assembly Trent Alexander-Arnold’s nook with a robust first-time end.
A foul on Mohamed Salah by Sean Morrison allowed James Milner to wrap up a ninth successive win in all competitions for Jurgen Klopp’s aspect from the penalty spot, which means they now sit two factors away from the reigning champions, who’ve a sport in hand.
After reserving their place within the Champions League semi-finals in midweek, Liverpool returned to home duties figuring out solely a victory would suffice within the Welsh capital.
Roberto Firmino carelessly lifted their greatest probability of the primary half excessive, losing good work by fellow forwards Salah and Sadio Mane as his left-footed shot cleared each the advancing Neil Etheridge and the crossbar.
Cardiff’s goalkeeper was wanted to make a close-range save to disclaim Salah shortly after, although Liverpool didn’t choose up the tempo till after the interval, resulting in Wijnaldum’s 57th-minute strike from a well-worked set piece.
Having wasted a free header with the rating at 1-0, letting Alisson off the hook after the goalkeeper had did not cope with a nook, Morrison was adjudged to have pulled down Salah within the different penalty space, permitting Milner – who changed fellow substitute Fabinho attributable to a head harm – to place the consequence past doubt.
5 – Mohamed Salah has gained 5 penalties this season within the Premier League, solely Wilfried Zaha (6) has gained extra. No different Liverpool participant has earned a couple of. Precarious. #CARLIV pic.twitter.com/xhpR94zhU1
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 21, 2019
What does it imply? Over to you, Metropolis
For a while now, the Manchester derby has appeared the essential fixture in deciding who can be topped champions.
Pep Guardiola’s aspect can leapfrog Liverpool once more with victory at Outdated Trafford on Wednesday, placing them in pole place to retain their title with three video games remaining. Astonishingly, Klopp’s squad might find yourself as bridesmaids on 97 factors.
Gini exhibits his bottle
Wijnaldum’s type has dipped throughout current weeks, but the midfielder made an important impression in a must-win state of affairs, displaying glorious method to slam house a rolling ball.
Morrison’s undesirable impression
The Bluebirds captain had a wonderful probability to nod in an surprising equaliser solely to fluff his traces, whereas his grappling with Salah ended any hopes the house aspect had of getting one thing from the sport.
Key Opta information
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– Liverpool have now amassed 88 factors within the league this season – it’s their greatest ever total in a Premier League season.
– The highest six teams have gained all 33 of their Premier League matches in opposition to the present backside three teams within the desk this season. This can be a top-flight file; surpassing 30 wins in such video games in 1891-92, 1978-79, 1985-86, 2001-02, 2011-12 and 2013-14.
– Liverpool have now gained 9 consecutive matches in all competitions, their longest profitable streak since April 2014 below Brendan Rodgers (additionally 9 video games).
– Cardiff have now misplaced every of their 4 Premier League matches in opposition to Liverpool, conceding 15 objectives in all, greater than they’ve in opposition to some other opponent within the competitors.
– Georginio Wijnaldum’s objective for Liverpool was simply his second to be scored away from house within the Premier League, with the opposite 19 all coming in house video games.
– 10 of James Milner’s final 12 league objectives for Liverpool have come from the penalty spot – 9 of these additionally got here away from house.
Liverpool host relegated Huddersfield City at Anfield subsequent on Friday, whereas Cardiff Metropolis journey to a different Championship-bound membership in Fulham the next day.