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Sublime Mane goals help Liverpool go top with win over Cardiff

Mohamed Salah celebrates after opening the scoring for Liverpool against Cardiff

Liverpool moved three points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League after two sublime goals by Sadio Mane helped see off battling Cardiff City at Anfield.

The visitors were already trailing to Mohamed Salah's sweeping finish when Mane turned a couple of Cardiff defenders before turning and finishing past Neil Etheridge.

Virgil van Dijk modded against a post while Adam Lallana was denied by Sean Morrison's headed clearance off the line as the Reds dominated for long spells.

Cardiff pulled a goal back with their first shot on target 13 minutes from time, Callum Paterson steering past Alisson.

But substitute Xherdan Shaqiri restored the two-goal cushion with his first goal for the club and Mane chipped Etheridge to seal the points.

Jurgen Klopp's side will stay on top until at least Monday, when City take on fifth-placed Tottenham at Wembley.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Liverpool

  • 13Alisson
  • 66Alexander-Arnold
  • 6Lovren
  • 4van Dijk
  • 18Moreno
  • 3Fabinho
  • 5Wijnaldum
  • 20LallanaSubstituted forShaqiriat 61'minutes
  • 9Roberto FirminoSubstituted forMilnerat 71'minutes
  • 10Mané
  • 11Salah

Substitutes

  • 7Milner
  • 12Gomez
  • 15Sturridge
  • 22Mignolet
  • 23Shaqiri
  • 26Robertson
  • 32Matip

Cardiff

  • 1Etheridge
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 4Morrison
  • 22Bamba
  • 3Bennett
  • 33Hoilett
  • 21Camarasa
  • 17GunnarssonSubstituted forDamourat 73'minutes
  • 11MurphySubstituted forK Harrisat 74'minutes
  • 14ReidSubstituted forZohoreat 83'minutes
  • 13Paterson

Substitutes

  • 10Zohore
  • 12Smithies
  • 16Connolly
  • 18Cunningham
  • 20Damour
  • 23K Harris
  • 24Madine
Referee:
Stuart Attwell

Match Stats

Home TeamLiverpoolAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home80%
Away20%
Shots
Home19
Away2
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away0
Fouls
Home6
Away4

Live Text

Match ends, Liverpool 4, Cardiff City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Liverpool 4, Cardiff City 1.

Attempt missed. David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Víctor Camarasa.

Attempt missed. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left. Assisted by Georginio Wijnaldum.

Offside, Cardiff City. Loïc Damour tries a through ball, but David Junior Hoilett is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 4, Cardiff City 1. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mohamed Salah with a through ball following a fast break.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 3, Cardiff City 1. Xherdan Shaqiri (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mohamed Salah.

Xherdan Shaqiri (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Víctor Camarasa (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Kenneth Zohore replaces Bobby Reid.

Attempt saved. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) right footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Xherdan Shaqiri.

Foul by Mohamed Salah (Liverpool).

Joe Bennett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alberto Moreno.

Attempt blocked. James Milner (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Fabinho.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 2, Cardiff City 1. Callum Paterson (Cardiff City) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Bruno Ecuele Manga.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Kadeem Harris replaces Josh Murphy.

James Milner (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Loïc Damour replaces Aron Gunnarsson.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. James Milner replaces Roberto Firmino.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Sol Bamba.

Foul by Mohamed Salah (Liverpool).

Joe Bennett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 2, Cardiff City 0. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Xherdan Shaqiri replaces Adam Lallana.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by David Junior Hoilett.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Josh Murphy (Cardiff City) because of an injury.

Foul by Alberto Moreno (Liverpool).

David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Cardiff City. Víctor Camarasa tries a through ball, but Josh Murphy is caught offside.

Foul by Dejan Lovren (Liverpool).

Bobby Reid (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Second Half

Second Half begins Liverpool 1, Cardiff City 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Liverpool 1, Cardiff City 0.

Attempt blocked. Adam Lallana (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alberto Moreno.

Offside, Cardiff City. Víctor Camarasa tries a through ball, but Josh Murphy is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Sadio Mané.

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