After the international break, Liverpool are set to resume their campaign on Sunday when they lock horns with Cardiff City in the fourth round of the FA Cup. The Reds were disappointingly ousted at the same stage by rivals Manchester United last season, but coach Jurgen Klopp will look to avoid a similar scenario this time around, as he hopes to reach the fifth round of the competition for only the second time during his reign at Anfield.
However, things won’t be made easier by a Cardiff City team that are coming on the back of two consecutive wins in the Championship. They have also gotten the better of Preston North End in the previous round and are now aiming for a major upset which could go a long way in lifting their confidence ahead of a strenuous second half of the campaign.
Liverpool Vs Cardiff City Preview
Jurgen Klopp has no reason to shift away from a 4-3-3 formation. However, given the opposition, Liverpool will be asked to contain possession for a large part of the game, and it will be a tricky task for them to break the shackles of the Cardiff defence. It will be key for the Reds to take full advantage of counter-attacking and set-pieces opportunities.
Cardiff City boss Steve Morison largely favours a 3-5-2 formation that incorporates a pendulating wingback system. With Liverpool set to dominate possession, the visitors could defend deep in their lines, denying them the opportunity to work through their attacking moments quickly and effectively.
Liverpool are still missing a few players heading into this contest, mainly the attackers. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are set to lock horns against each other in the AFCON final, whereas new signing Luis Diaz is not fit to start. However, Harvey Elliott is back into contention, while Klopp is also expected to ring in the changes ahead of a crucial Premier League match-up against Leicester City.
Cardiff City are missing Sean Morrison through injury, along with fellow defender Curtis Nelson and midfielder Joe Ralls. Furthermore, the likes of Max Watters, Cody Drameh, and Alfie Doughty are all ineligible to feature in this contest due to cup-tied rules of the FA Cup, having represented their previous teams, earlier this season.
Liverpool: Kelleher; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Jones; Gordon, Firmino, Minamino
Cardiff City: Phillips; Flint, Vaulks, McGuinness; Perry Ng, Pack, Wintle, Bagan; Colwill, Doyle; Hugill
Liverpool 3-0 Cardiff City
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