Liverpool maintained their quest for a first league title in 29 years with a hard fought 2-0 victory over relegation embattled Cardiff City.
The Reds were dealt a busy day at the office with the Blue Birds and upheld their own side of the topsy-turvy race for the title after Manchester City themselves recorded an all-important victory against Tottenham.
They pressed and pressed until Cardiff’s defence eventually gave in. It was Georginio Wijnaldum of all people who did the damage with a powerful first time finish after meeting a Trent Alexander-Arnold cross.
After a pretty much reserved first forty-five minutes, it was the exact type of response that was required of Liverpool.
That said, Liverpool did get a good chance before the break but Roberto Firmino sent the ball high and wide far beyond the reach of Neil Etheridge and way over the crossbar, laying to waste the good work of fellow attackers, Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane.
Etheridge was called into action few minutes later and he did well to deny Salah. The Reds couldn’t pick up pace and momentum after these losses that could have changed the whole complexion of the game and had to wait for Wijnaldum’s magic in the 57th minute.
Having wasted a header that should have ended at the back of the net with the score at 1-0, letting Liverpool goalie, Allison off the hook after the sweeper keeper had failed to clear the ball from the corner, the defender was adjudged to have pulled down the marauding Salah in the penalty area giving rise to a penalty.
James Milner who had come on for Fabinho stood up to the occasion and tucked the ball beautifully well to put the result well and beyond doubt.
The Reds have now clinched a club record 88 points and two clear of Manchester City who have a derby match with Manchester United on Wednesday.
Liverpool 2-0 Cardiff City it ended.