FT: Cardiff 3 Liverpool 6

It's all over here at the Cardiff City Stadium. The Bluebirds started the game in terrific fashion, but Liverpool showed their title credentials with Suarez stealing the show. FInal score Cardiff City 3, Liverpool 6.

90+6
GOAL! Suarez wins the ball off Cala, who was trying to gather the clearance, and the Uruguayan gets his hat-trick with a deft finish. Sterling gutted that he wasn't payed in there.

90+5
Zaha with a last ditch tackle as Suarez dribbles his way into the box.

90+4
Cardiff have a corner after the free kick is cleared.

90+4
Allen goes into the book for a hard foul on Medel.

90+3
Campbell gathers a clearance and has a shot, but it's well over the bar.

90+3
Cardiff have a free kick after Skrtel had fouled Zaha. Mignolet gets it clear though.

90+2
Mamadou Sakho coming on to replace Sturridge.

90+2
Marshall fluffs a save from Suarez and Joe Allen nearly gets there, but the goalkeeper gets it clear.

90+1
Fabio curls it into the far post, but Liverpool get it clear. Jones down in the area with an injury.

90
Johnson barges into Zaha to give away a free kick.

89
A bit of late pressure from Cardiff.

88
GOAL! Jones heads it down to Mutch, who has an easy header for the goal.

87
Caulker fouls Suarez on the edge of the area, but nothing is given.

86
Johnson finds Sturridge in the box, but is forced out wide again.

85
Liverpool play it all the way back to Mignolet.

84
Cala this time fouls Suarez. Liverpool take it quickly and Suarez plays it across to Sterling. There's a bit of a scramble in the box, but Cardiff get it temporarily clear.

83
Gerrard finds Suarez, but he can only head over the bar.

83
Liverpool with a free kick in a dangerous area as Zaha fouls Sterling.

82
Cala bundles over Sturridge and has a shot, but the referee calls it back for a foul.

81
Sturridge tries to find Suarez over the top, but Marshall comes out to gather.

80
Cardiff playing the ball around the Liverpool box looking for a way through, but Mutch blazes a cross over the bar.

79
Liverpool with the ball in midfield.

78
Zaha skews a shot wide of the far post.

77
At the other end, Suarez slips as he was about to play Henderson through on goal.

76
Fabio tries to find Daehli, but he didn't see that the latter didn't make the run.

76
Cardiff with the ball at the back.

75
GOAL! Johnson finds Suarez with a terrific long diagonal ball with a failed Caulker clearance. The Uruguayan plays the ball across the goal and Sturridge with an easy tap in.

74
A rather poor ball in from Mutch, and Liverpool get it clear.

74
And then Cissokho gives away a free kick for a foul on Jones.

73
Cissokho tries to find Sterling with an easy ball, but he plays it out for a throw instead.

72
Aly Cissokho coming on to replace Flanagan.

72
Theophile-Catherine plays it over the top to the near side, where Jones fouls Johnson trying to get to the ball.

71
Cardiff piling on a bit of pressure again, playing the ball around the Liverpool area. the Reds seem to be dealing with it, though.

70
Bellamy coming off for Jones.

69
Gerrard takes the free kick, but it's well wide of the mark.

69
A free kick to Liverpool in a dangerous area for a Fabio handball.

68
Liverpool bringing on Raheem Sterling for Coutinho.

67
Liverpool much more comfortable now, Cardiff are not pressing as high as they were early on.

66
Zaha with his first touch, but his pass is straight at Skrtel.

65
Declan John coming off to be replaced by Daehli, while Zaha comes on for Kim.

65
Bellamy with a corner, Mutch with a free header, but it's well over.

64
Caulker has a header half cleared at the back post, before hitting the side netting with a shot.

63
A questionable free kick for Cardiff in midfield. Good position.

62
Flanagan get the ball in the box, but blazes his shot over the bar.

60
GOAL! Suarez again. A good attacking move down the left. Johnson plays the ball into Sturridge who plays it to the Uruguayan with a deft back-heel. Suarez making no mistake sweeping home first time.

59
Liverpool picking their moments to go forward now. Sturridge's headed flick to Suarez cut out.

58
Liverpool making Cardiff chase the ball around.

57
Liverpool just keeping possession now.

56
Agger with a good tackle as Campbell looked to go through on goal. Before Fabio fouls Sturridge again.

55
Sturridge breaks into the box and hits the side netting with a vicious shot.

55
Cardiff will wonder if Mutch or Theophile-Catherine could have done anything there.

54
GOAL! Coutinho plays the corner in and Skrtel with a free header into the far post.

53
Referee just talking to the players after Medel shoves Suarez in the box. Cardiff have Mutch and Theophile-Catherine off the pitch.

52
Suarez hits the wall, and wins a corner off the head of Theophile-Catherine, who is receiving treatment.

51
Just a delay...

50
Sturridge wins a free kick right on the edge of the area after a good run. Fabio goes into the book.

49
Sturridge with a terrific ball across to Suarez, who dribbles into the box unsuccessfully.

48
Flanagan bullied off the ball by Bellamy, who wins a corner off Skrtel.

47
Sturridge and Suarez combine down the far side, but the latter is caught offside.

46
Henderson tries to play in Suarez, but the ball skips awkwardly and Cardiff have the ball.

Second half
And we're back underway...

Half-time. Cardiff were all over right from the off, while the Reds have struggled to get going. However, Liverpool have shown their attacking prowess with two easy goal to restore parity.

45+3
Marshall off his line quickly to stop Suarez after a terrific one-touch passing move from Liverpool.

45+2
Cala looks to find Bellamy on the break, but Liverpool have it covered.

45+1
Liverpool playing it around the Cardiff area, struggling to break the defence down.

45
Campbell penalised for a foul on Agger.

44
Marshalll saves the first corner, and the second one is cleared.

44
Sturridge showing a great turn of pace to get into the box, and forces Medel to make a dodgy, but successful clearance.

43
Campbell tries to make his way into the box, but Flanagan makes a great stop.

42
Allen gives away a free kick after Fabio got himself in a bit of trouble near his own area.

41
GOAL! Liverpool right back in it. Coutinho gets the ball back after the corner is cleared, puts in a terrific cross and Skrtel reacts quickly to touch the ball into the back of the net.

40
Liverpool corner after Sturridge finds Henderson in the box. Medel doing well to get the ball.

39
Gerrard picks out Henderson in the box, but the midfielder shot/cross is over the bar.

38
Theophile-Catherine all over Suarez and brings him down, but the referee, again, not having any of it.

37
Sturridge makes a good run into the box, his shot is deflected off Caulker, but Marshall is equal to it.

36
Suarez tries to link up with Gerrard, but can only give away a throw in.

35
Suarez goes through on goal, but the referee brings it back after Cala went down under challenge.

34
The corner is taken short and Allen is in acres of space, but he drags his shot and it rolls harmlessly for a goal kick.

34
Free kick in a dangerous area for Suarez., but the Uruguayan can't get it past the wall. Liverpool corner.

33
Cala goes into the book for kicking the ball away after Theophile-Catherine had fouled Allen.

32
Liverpool with the ball in midfield.

31
Skrtel heads clear a Fabio shot, before Mignolet gathers a Bellamy cross.

30
Medel with a clearance as Allen looked to pick a pass in the box. Coutinho with a shot from distance, but it's well wide of the mark.

29
Bellamy swings it in, but Mignolet gathers.

28
Gerrard gives away a free kick for a foul on the far side.

27
Fabio barges into Sturridge as the Liverpool man looked to get on a Coutinho pass, nothing given.

26
GOAL! Campbell makes it two after the Liverpool defence goes to sleep, Gives the number 10 too much space and he makes no mistake in drilling the ball home.

25
Theophile-Catherine makes a crucial intervention as Sturridge looked to break into the box.

24
Campbell with a header over the bar after a cross from Bellamy.

23
Caulker cuts the ball out as Liverpool looked to hit on the break.

22
Sturridge plays the ball across the goal, but it's just behind Suarez, who would have had another easy finish. Goal kick.

21
Liverpool dominating the possession, pinning Cardiff all the way back. The back five proving hard to break down, though.

20
Caulker with a clearance as Allen and Suarez looked to combine.

19
Sturridge upended on the near touchline, but the referee not having any of it.

18
Bellamy with the ball on the wing. But he is forced to play it back to the defence.

17
Cala with a good interception there, but his pass forward is straight at Agger.

16
GOAL! Liverpool stroking the ball around a bit better now and get the killer pass from Johnson and Suarez has an easy finish at the near post.

15
Mutch gives a way a free kick for a foul on Coutinho, Liverpool take it quickly.

14
Johnson with a cross into the box, but Cardiff can clear easily.

13
Liverpool passing the ball around the midfield, not had much luck in the final third here. Suarez this time giving the ball away.

12
Suarez tries to play Sturridge through on goal, but the striker's touch takes it out for a goal kick.

11
Cardiff with a free kick in midfield.

10
Really sloppy from Liverpool. Cardiff excellent so far.

9
GOAL! Jordon Mutch opens the scoring after a poor pass from Allen. Campbell picking out Mutch on the edge of the area, who rolls it into the far corner.

8
Fabio gives away a free kick in midfield for a foul on Joe Allen.

7
Cardiff have started well here. Doing well to disrupt Liverpool's play.

6
Liverpool have the ball again, but Suarez gives it away as he tries to find the run of Sturridge.

5
Liverpool a bit sloppy with possession, Mutch plays it across the box, but can't pick out anyone.

4
Corner is played over everyone and back in, but Theophile-Catherine blasts it over.

3
Kim plays it in, but Mignolet gets to it and sends it away for a corner.

2
Early free kick for Cardiff in a dangerous area for a Gerrard foul on Campbell. The Reds skipper booked as well.

1
Looks like Cardiff setting up ultra defensive with a back five.

Kick-off
Cardiff to get us underway for the first half...

There we have it folks, a lot of reactions from you guys today. Players are making their way out and kick-off is imminent. Enjoy the game.

Ayesha Poli: What can I say about todays game besides the fact that I've been waiting the whole week to see my magical liverpool play again. After last weeks performance I am not worried and know Liverpool secure a win.

Dale Harris in response to Adam Gillis: Its not that most people side with the higher/in form team at this moment the Liverpool strike force are the best in europe, they have just come off the back of two 3-0 wins at difficult places and Cardiff aren't performing if Liverpool score within the first 15 mins they will score another 2-3 for sure.

Dave: What a shock result from Stamford Bridge ! This puts pressure on but also means a golden chance for the Reds to put some daylight between them and Arsenal. I knew we would beat Utd last week but this one is tough. Should roll out easy winners. Can't see Cardiff scoring so 0-4 to the Reds! YNWA.

Chris Green: Liverpool to win 3-0, with Gerrard and Suarez (2) scoring the goals.

Lloyd Webb: We were very unlucky at Everton last week so we will come out today with our heads held high. Campbell and Bellamy even Cala to score today! It will be a very tough match today but people need to stop doubting us just because we are bottom bar 1 it doesn't mean we've already lost just because we are playing a top flight team. We can do this. The motivation they have will get us going! 2-1 to the city!!!!! BLLLUUUUUEEEEBBBIIIIRRDS!

Benjamin Johnstone: No question about that Liverpool win get the three points today with Suarez and Sturridge running riot against the Cardiff defense. Liverpool 3-0 Cardiff.

Charlie Skinner: Think it's important that we don't underestimate Cardiff today. They're a team battling it out for their lives and will have fantastic support behind them. Regardless, I'm routing for the reds today (Liverpool that is) and any result today will need to be hard earned. (Shout out to Callum Howland!

Adam Gillis: I hate how most people side with the higher placed/ in form team. This will be a tough test for Liverpool, the Cardiff players will be motivated to face such a well established club and at the same time are fighting to stay in the league. I think it well end 1-1 with Bellamy and Suarez on target.

Shaun Samra: With Chelsea going 7 points clear, it's vital the Reds get 3 points here. I am sure Brenden Rogers' men will not underestimate Cardiff. My prediction is 1-3...Come on Liverpool!

See that there are some Liverpool fans with reservations over this game. And with the result at Stamford Bridge as it is, a win over Cardiff has become even more important for the Reds.

Justin Tan: I am a big big Liverpool fan. Last week we destroyed Man Utd, this time we sure can destroy Cardiff 4-0 scored by SAS.CHAMPIONS LEAGUE IS OURS!!!

Mikaeil: I'm a big Liverpool fan and I fear a tough game for us today. Although we had an outstanding game last week against United, we struggled a bit away at Fulham. I'm going for Liverpool to win 2-1.

Liverpool have been in terrific goalscoring form and have been backed at 5/4 to score three or more goals today, with Steven Gerrard 6/4 to score anytime according to our friends at Sky Bet. Frazier Campbell is rated at 11/4 to score in the 90 minutes.

Cian Hughes: I'm a huge Liverpool fan and believe we can get 3 points here today. Last weekend vs Man Utd was outstanding and a great performance by the lads! Really proud to be a Liverpool supporter! I think Liverpool will win 4-0. Suarez (2) and Sturridge (2)

LFC subs
Jones, Sakho, Cissokho, Lucas, Moses, Sterling, Aspas.

LFC XI
Mignolet, Johnson, Flanagan, Agger, Skrtel, Gerrard, Allen, Henderson, Coutinho, Suarez, Sturridge.

Cardiff subs
Lewis, Turner, Whittingham, Jones, Gunnarsson, Daehli, Zaha.

Cardiff XI
Marshall, Fabio, Theophile-Catherine, Caulker, Cala, John, Medel, Kim, Mutch, Bellamy, Campbell.

Welcome to the Cardiff City Stadium where Cardiff City host Liverpool in today's game. Can the Bluebirds bounce back from a disappointing defeat to Everton, or will the Reds maintain their unbeaten run and stay in the title race? Send your views / predictions for today's game to Chris.Vermeulen@teamtalkmedia.com and I will post up the best throughout the afternoon.

Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 16 August 2014
12:45
Man Utd v Swansea  
15:00
Leicester v Everton  
QPR v Hull City  
Stoke City v Aston Villa  
West Brom v Sunderland  
West Ham v Tottenham  
17:30
Arsenal v C Palace  
Sunday, 17 August 2014
13:30
Liverpool v Southampton  
16:00
Newcastle v Man City  
Monday, 18 August 2014
20:00
Burnley v Chelsea  
Saturday, 23 August 2014
12:45
Aston Villa v Newcastle  
15:00
Chelsea v Leicester  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Arsenal 0 0 0
2 Aston Villa 0 0 0
3 Burnley 0 0 0
4 Chelsea 0 0 0
5 C Palace 0 0 0
6 Everton 0 0 0
7 Hull City 0 0 0
8 Leicester 0 0 0
9 Liverpool 0 0 0
10 Man City 0 0 0
11 Man Utd 0 0 0
12 Newcastle 0 0 0
13 QPR 0 0 0
14 Southampton 0 0 0
15 Stoke City 0 0 0
16 Sunderland 0 0 0
17 Swansea 0 0 0
18 Tottenham 0 0 0
19 West Brom 0 0 0
20 West Ham 0 0 0

Updated Thu, 31 Jul 2014

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