Liverpool return to the top of the Premier League with win at Cardiff

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Liverpool have returned to the top of the Premier League with a hard-fought 2-0 win against Cardiff.

It was a tense first-half, with Jurgen Klopp’s side struggling to find their rhythm on a dry-looking pitch.

Chances were few and far between for the Reds but Roberto Firmino blazed over from eight yards when one-on-one with Neil Etheridge.

And just when it started to get nervy, Liverpool struck before the hour mark.

Trent Alexander-Arnold pulled his corner back and Georginio Wijnaldum smashed the ball into the roof of the net from eight yards

It was a terrific finish.

And it was a goal that just seemed to settle down the title contenders.

However, Cardiff should have been level shortly after.

Goalkeeper Alisson flapped at a corner and Sean Morrison somehow managed to miss his free header from point-blank range.

Morrison's afternoon got even worse with 10 minutes remaining.

He grappled Mohamed Salah in the box for slightly too long and the Egyptian went down.

James Milner stepped up and put Liverpool 2-0 ahead.

After the match, defender Virgil van Dijk knew just how important the victory was.

"Massive three points," he told Sky Sports. "We had to be patient today and the pitch was really dry so that made it difficult. We should have scored in the first half but we did it in the second half so all good."

Following this win, Liverpool are back two points ahead of City with three matches left to play.

City, however, have four games remaining. On Wednesday, they travel across their city to take on Manchester United.

Liverpool fans will be United fans for the evening…

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