Georginio Wijnaldum and James Milner fired Liverpool back to the top of the Premier League as Jurgen Klopp’s side overcame a resilient Cardiff City.
After a goalless first half in the Welsh capital, Dutch midfielder Wijnaldum broke the deadlock in emphatic fashion 10 minutes into the second period, striking a crisp half-volley from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner.
Liverpool rode their luck in the second half as Alisson’s costly error almost gifted relegation-threatened Cardiff the equalizer, but Sean Morrison failed to convert.
Milner then secured the three points nine minutes from time, converting from the penalty spot after Morrison had clumsily hauled Mo Salah to the ground.
Just 24 hours earlier, Liverpool had seen Manchester City regain the lead at the top of the Premier League thanks to a hard-fought victory over Tottenham and knew only a win against Cardiff would keep them in the hunt for a first top flight title since 1990.