All eyes will be on Liverpool's main man Luis Suarez. Reuters
Luis Suarez signing a new "long-term" contract, the attacking verve in full gear, and competing with the rest of the best in the English Premier League - things cannot be going any better for Liverpool at the moment. Well, maybe a little better - pick up three points on Saturday at Anfield against Cardiff and the Reds will be top of the table yet again.
No better news could have come out from a Liverpool point of view than Suarez inking a new deal - reports of the Uruguayan hitman, who has already plundered 17 goals this season, leaving in the January transfer window can now be put to rest, leaving Brendan Rodgers to concentrate solely on the league, which is going particularly swimmingly.
A 5-0 victory over Tottenham last weekend only emphasised Liverpool's prowess, and took them to within two points of leaders Arsenal, with Suarez in the form of his life, and easily the best striker in the Premier League at the moment - yes, even better than Sergio Aguero.
"If any game defines what we're trying to do here in terms of our football, it was against Tottenham where the team was outstanding in every element," Rodgers said. "We feel that we're improving. That's what we have been looking to do all the way along on the journey here.
"I've always been concerned about the performance, because I know that when we perform well, the results will follow. Right the way through the club it's been brilliant. There's a real good feel on the field and off the field and the club is progressing. The headlines are about football, which is important. We still feel that there's a way to go for us.
"It was a statement of how we've been working over the last 18 months or so. We're looking to play the game in a different way and with different ideas of how to play our football, but always with the mentality and the will and determination to win.
"What we showed is that aggression in our game, with and without the ball. That can lead us to winning big games at home or away from home. That's what really pleased me -- the performance level and how the players went into what is a really difficult place in White Hart Lane.
"To go there and play the charisma that we showed, as well as that steely determination was important for us. When you win to that level in a big game like that, of course it gives you that belief and confidence.
"I think there's always a high when you win a big game. After the game on Sunday, I went home and analysed the match twice before going to bed at half three in the morning, because we need to prepare for the next game."
Malky Mackay's Cardiff future is under tremendous scrutiny. Reuters
Add to that, Cardiff are in complete turmoil with manager Malky Mackay, who has done a tremendous job to take the Welsh club to the Premier League, likely to leave the club soon. An ultimatum has been given by owner Vincent Tan to Mackay, who missed the pre-match press conference, to resign, with a sacking seemingly an inevitability if the former Watford boss does not heed the warning.
There really only looks like being one winner in this contest; but then the way the Premier League has gone this season, you can never rule out a Cardiff performance for the ages -- like the one in 1959 when the Bluebirds won 4-0, which was also the last time the two teams met in the league -- in possibly Mackay's last match as manager.
Team news: Liverpool: It is as you were at Anfield, with Rodgers happy to see no new injuries picked up, which means Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge, Jose Enrique and Sebastian Coates are the only ones out.
Cardiff: The Welsh team, who are 15th with 17 points from 16 games, could be without former Liverpool man Craig Bellamy, who faces a late fitness test.
Key men: Liverpool: Suarez -- the man of the moment - will want to celebrate his new contract with another masterful performance.
Cardiff: Mackay and how he is able to motivate his side under trying circumstances. If the manager gets the sack before the game, then Cardiff could be in for a long afternoon at Anfield.
Where to Watch Live
The game is scheduled for a 6.15 pm IST start with live coverage on Star Sports 4 and Star Sports HD2. You can also catch the action live online by clicking HERE. To live stream the match in the U.S. click HERE, while U.K. viewers can click HERE. The match can be watched through live streaming in Australia HERE with the same going for Middle East and North Africa viewers HERE.
Expected lineups: Liverpool: Mignolet; Johnson, Skrtel, Sakho, Flanagan; Lucas, Allen; Sterling, Henderson, Coutinho; Suarez.
Cardiff: Marshall; Theophile-Catherine, Caulker, Turner, Taylor; Medel, Whittingham; Cowie, Mutch, Odemwingie; Campbell.
Prediction: 4-1 to Liverpool
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