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Josh Murphy produced an embarrassing dive in Liverpool 4-1 Cardiff City

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Liverpool now occupy first place in the Premier League table after a 4-1 win over Cardiff City.

Jurgen Klopp’s rampant side made it eight wins in 10 league matches with a dominant display at Anfield.

The Reds had to wait until the 84th minute to score a third goal but the stats show just how one-sided the encounter was.

Per BBC Sport, Liverpool had 80 per cent possession and attempted 19 shots compared to just two for Cardiff.

Callum Paterson made things interesting when he made it 2-1 in the 77th minute, but late goals from Xherdan Shaqiri and Sadio Mane secured all three points for the hosts.

It was Mane’s second goal of the match, and Mohamed Salah was also on the scoresheet.

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock praised the efforts of his players but there was one incident with Josh Murphy that he may not be too pleased with.

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Murphy's awful dive

In the second half, the striker collected the ball in an advanced area but he had to do things alone due to a lack of viable options.

Yet he attempted to win a free-kick with a truly awful dive that left Dejan Lovren furious.

Referee Stuart Attwell turned down Murphy’s appeals but inexplicably failed to show him a yellow card.

Lovren wanted a yellow card and so did Liverpool supporters, who reacted to the incident on Twitter.

Murphy may not have received a free-kick but he certainly got away with an act of simulation.

Defeat leaves Cardiff in 17th place in the table with the worst defensive record in the league.

They’ve conceded 28 goals in 10 matches - a rate that doesn’t bode well for their hopes of surviving the drop.

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Yet Warnock was pleased with how his players fared at an “intimidating” location.

"Anfield is an intimidating place,” he said at full-time. “Our fans were fantastic, they know we are up against it.

“The lads gave everything. It was so quiet when Paterson scored, you had to dream of a comeback."

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Josh Murphy
Xherdan Shaqiri
Sadio Mane
Dejan Lovren
Mohamed Salah
Jurgen Klopp
Premier League
Cardiff City
Liverpool

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