Liverpool reclaimed top spot in the Premier League table with a commanding 2-0 victory over Cardiff City on Sunday.
The Reds had a shabby start but was not short of chances. Across the front line, all three forwards could not find a finish in spite of opportunities aplenty. Roberto Firmino had the best chance of all when he uncharacteristically flashed one over the bar.
In the second half, Liverpool showed no panic and patiently began to put pressure on the home side. The Reds' seriousness of purpose assured them their quality would prevail. There is a level of maturity in the side that is unmatched in recent seasons.
Soon, they got the break-through and it was Gini Wijnaldum latching onto a corner kick that he exquisitely half-volleyed home for the opener. It was an exceptional finish. Once Liverpool broke through, the result was never in doubt.
Mohamed Salah earned a penalty, after being manhandled by Sean Morrison, to put the contest to bed. James Milner stepped up to the spot and converted with ease.
After the match Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said to BBC, "It was prepared to be a proper banana skin and we knew that. The boys were unbelievable. It was clear it was going to be difficult for all of us.
"The weather changed and made it much more intense. We knew we had to stay patient and do the right things. It was very dry on the pitch, so passing was not very easy.
"The boys didn't get frustrated. We had wonderful chances in the first half but we knew if we continued, we would have chances. It was brilliant how we scored the goals."
With this win, Liverpool restored their two-point lead at the top of the table over Manchester City, who play their game, away at Manchester United on Wednesday.
This also Liverpool's ninth win in a row across all competitions, and their 10th consecutive win against promoted teams, which is another club record for the Premier League era.
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