The Belgian was forced into making a fine save from Noone 15 minutes in, stretching to his right to deny the winger. Couldn't keep out Mutch's consolation from close range.
Scored an absolute stunner in last week's hammering of Tottenham and looked to get forward as often as possible down the left flank. Saw a sliding effort scooped off the line as the Kop were already celebrating. A tireless full-back performance before leaving the field with a knock.
Made his presence felt early on with a powerful tackle on Noone and proved dominant in the air alongside Skrtel. Was left with too many men to mark in the area ahead of Mutch's goal, as the hosts' momentarily lost their heads.
Was forced to switch to the left flank following Flanagan's substitution but proved comfortable regardless. Matched a solid first-half showing with a tireless display in the second.
Was a little lucky to get away with a grab at Caulker's shirt on the half hour mark but was otherwise near faultless. Nodded a difficult header over shortly before half time and kept things neat and tidy at the back.
Keeps on getting better and better for Liverpool, with a sublime assist for Suarez's opener before a cheeky backheel to set up his second typical of the former Sunderland man's recent form.
Lashed a stinging volley wide of Marshall's near post early on and looked a constant threat to the Cardiff back line. Floated between defence and midfield and was always available for a pass.
The former Swansea man was booed throughout by the visiting Bluebirds fans but didn't once looked fazed, even when coming up against the physical Medel. Cool, calm and collected in the middle.
Has been showing signs of the form that got him into England squad last season and delivered again today. Linked up well with Suarez early on before spreading the play out wide. Doubled the hosts' lead with the easiest of finishes in a performance that proved he is getting back to his best.
Kept hold of the ball well in the middle of midfield but wasted an effort from 25 yards shortly after Suarez's opener. Quiet but solid.
It took only 25 minutes for the Uruguayan to celebrate his new long-term deal with the club in style as he smashed a stunning volley past Marshall. The skipper then showed his selfless side, playing in Sterling to double the lead before sticking away the Reds' third with a glorious effort from the edge of the area. Unstoppable again.
Could do very little to stop any of Liverpool's goals and got down well to keep the score relatively respectable for the visitors, blocking a Sterling effort and cutting out Henderson's cross.
Blocked an early effort from Suarez but had difficulty dealing with the pace of the tricky Uruguayan. Stayed on his feet and kept his head but was turned more than once.
Could do little to stop Liverpool when Rodgers' men were in full flow down the flanks. Worked hard to track back and showed good pace but struggled a little.
K. Théophile Catherine
The 24-year-old Frenchman was sloppy on the ball from the back, conceding possession. Pulled off a fine sliding tackle to deny the hosts on the break in the second half but was otherwise quiet.
Was unlucky not to win his side a penalty after Skrtel grabbed his shirt in the area and looked to take charge at the back for the Bluebirds. Held the line well to keep the scoreline down.
The former Brighton man grew up as a Liverpool fan and nearly got a dream start in front of the Kop, curling an effort towards the top corner only to be denied by Mignolet. Showed great pace but was wasteful with his final ball.
Went missing far too frequently in the first half as the Reds dominated the battle for possession in midfield. Improved as the game went on before being substituted.
Appeared comfortable on the ball in the final third and looked to link up with Odemwingie from the off. Deserved his well taken goal for his endeavour if nothing else. The visitors' top performer.
Has had a hugely impressive start to life in the Premier League but struggled when Liverpool turned up the pace. Was brought off shortly after half time having looked sluggish.
Looked to get on the ball as much as possible in midfield and always had an air of danger about him in the final third. Whipped in a number of threatening balls to trouble the home side's defence.
Was given the thankless task of holding the ball up on his own up front by Malky Mackay and struggled against the dominant Sakho and Skrtel. Subbed off after an ineffectual display.