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Match Preview: Liverpool versus Cardiff City

Liverpool travel to South Wales tomorrow looking to build upon their recent good form as they take on Cardiff City tomorrow.

The matchup is the first of four remaining league fixtures and a flawless streak would see the club end with 97 points.

A total that would have won them their 19th league title in any season past bar Manchester City’s record-breaking tally last year.

Despite most teams taking these final stages of the season comparatively easily, they’ll be no let up from either side, with every game being crucial to both sides, battling at opposite ends of the table.

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The Bluebirds are hanging on for their lives at the foot of the table. Neil Warnock’s players will no doubt play as feisty as possible to avoid relegation.

There is no doubt Cardiff will be carrying momentum following their recent form. They have also showcased their abilities in their matchup with Chelsea, where only poor officiating separated the sides.

Neil Warnock’s record versus Liverpool has been abysmal but he will look to change that pattern tomorrow. He has played nine, lost six, drawn one and won two.

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Earlier in the season the sides met at Anfield and the Reds went 2-0 up before Cardiff scored.

However, a late double from Shaqiri and Mane ensured the red’s finished the game as 4-1 winners to earn the three points.

Liverpool will certainly be favourites to win but they’ll have to be focused and prepared if they want to keep the pressure on Manchester City.

The Cityzens have a game in hand and play Spurs later today.

Liverpool team news

Joe Gomez picked up more minutes in his fight for fitness in mid-week, placing him in contention to resume his excellent partnership with Virgil van Dijk.

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Dejan Lovren has recovered from the illness which saw him miss out against Porto.

Fan favourite, Oxlade-Chamberlain could potentially feature on the bench after a year out, although this is probably unlikely due to his lack of match fitness.

Predictions

Klopp is likely to select his best available team without too much experimentation.

The resurgence of Jordan Henderson in the more advanced role has helped Klopp find the perfect balance in midfield.

With the title on the line he is likely to select Fabinho and Keita alongside the captain.

Starting XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Keita, Mane, Salah, Firmino

The result should be similar to the first fixture and the travelling kop should be smiling after another 4-1 win. Cardiff to pull one back at some point from a set-piece.

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