Liverpool vs Cardiff
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Liverpool vs Cardiff

Probable starting eleven: Liverpool: Mignolet; Johnson, Skrtel, Sakho, Flanagan; Allen, Lucas, Henderson; Sterling, Suarez, Coutinho Cardiff City: Marshall; Theophile-Catherine, Caulker, Turner, Taylor; Medel; Odemwingie, Mutch, Whittingham, Noone; Campbell It is true that Liverpool are in fantastic form, but I still believe they will show some signs of weaknesses soon or later. As I wrote, the Reds are playing good at the moment. They have three victories on the last three matches, all of them high. Here are the results: 15.12.2013. Tottenham – Liverpool 0:5 07.12.2013. Liverpool – West Ham 4:1 04.12.2013. Liverpool – Norwich 5:1 Liverpool scored three or more goals in three consecutive Premier League matches for the first time for 26 years. I watched all three games and I must write one thing – Liverpool are not title-pretender material. Why? Simply because they depend too much on one player – Luis Suarez. Luis Suarez has scored 17 goals in 11 league games this season, which is more than 10 of the 20 teams in the Premier League. But I am afraid to ask what if Suarez get injury? It will be a catastrophe. But even if Suarez play all the time, it is logical that he will have some dark moments. Sometime he will not be inspired, sometime the opponent’s defenders will manage to close him etc. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is missing three very important players. He is without the skipper Steven Gerrard through hamstring injury, while two regulars are also out injured – striker Daniel Sturridge and defender Jose Enrique. It is true the young Flanagan, who is replacing Jose Enrique, even scored against Tottenham, but I still see Liverpool vulnerable on that position. The goalkeeper Mignolet is another story. He saved some hard balls, he saved even the penalty against Stoke in the opening round, but he has a problem with high balls. Every corner is a potential danger for Liverpool. Few words about Cardiff. In the last round they won 1:0 against WBA with only goal scored by Peter Whittingham. The players confidence are surely higher after that victory. The Bluebirds manager Malky Mackay has almost all players available for this match with Craig Bellamy as only injury doubt. Finally, Cardiff are not the best opponent for Liverpool historically. Cardiff have won twice as many matches as Liverpool in their previous 30 encounters. Cardiff have won 18 times and Liverpool nine, with three draws. I find another interesting fact – Cardiff have won on 8 of their 15 visits to play at Anfield in all competitions. Even Manchester United have no such good percentage at Anfield. I think Cardiff can upset Liverpool.