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Diogo Jota (53)
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Liverpool will face Norwich City in the next round of the FA Cup, who beat Wolves yesterday. Next up for the Reds is a Premier League clash against Leicester City on Thursday, while Cardiff face Peterborough United on Wednesday.
A superb second-half performance from Liverpool sees the Premier League side book their place in the fifth-round of the FA Cup, with a 3-1 victory over Cardiff. It was goalless at the break, but it took the hosts just eight minutes to open the scoring after the break through Jota and after that they never looked back, dominating and controlling the game, with Minamino also finding the back of the net, before Elliot marked his return from injury with his first Liverpool goal. Cardiff managed to pull one back late on through Colwill, but it turned out to only be a consolation strike.
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FULL-TIME: LIVERPOOL 3-1 CARDIFF
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Late Cardiff change now, with Ng heading off and he has been replaced by Semenyo.
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Liverpool have slowed down the pace of the game now, just keeping the ball in the middle of the pitch and seeing out the win.
There will be a minimum of three minutes added time played at the end of the second half.
There's not long left to play here, will we see any more goals at Anfield before the full-time whistle? Liverpool certainly look the more likely out of the two sides.
Starting with their 2008 final defeat to Portsmouth, Cardiff have lost six of their last seven FA Cup ties with top-flight opposition, only moving past Newcastle in round three back in 2013-14.
Huge relief for Liverpool supporters as Diaz is back up on his feet and is going to try and run off this injury.
Huge concern here for Liverpool as Diaz is down on the pitch with a knee injury after Flint catches him as the pair battle for the ball. The medical team are on the pitch giving him some treatment.
The Cardiff goal is surely a consolation strike for the visitors, as there isn't too long left on the pitch for them to mount a comeback.
Davies raced forward and stretched the Liverpool defence, before flicking it to Colwill to his right, who showed great composure to beat the Liverpool keeper.
GOOOAAALLL! CARDIFF PULL ONE BACK, IT’S 3-1! Colwill with a superb goal to score for the visitors! Colwill wins the ball back initially on the halfway line, before racing forward alongside Davies and he receives the ball back from his team-mate on the edge of the penalty area. Colwill then coolly drills it into the back of the net, out of the reach of Kelleher.
Another Liverpool change now, with Henderson coming off and he has been replaced in midfield by Thiago.
Robertson provides the assist for the goal, with a cross from the left, but all credit for the goal has to go to Elliot, as it was an excellent finish. Phillips had no chance of stopping it.
GOOOAAALLL! ELLIOT MAKES IT 3-0! A wonderful goal by Elliot on his return from injury! Robertson delivers a good cross into the box from the left and Elliot controls it, before volleying the ball into the bottom right corner of the net. A superb finish and what a return for the midfielder!
Diaz has looked bright so far since coming onto the pitch and the Liverpool supporters are urging him to shoot whenever he gets an opportunity in front of goal.
Liverpool could go on and score a few more in the final 20 minutes or so, as Cardiff are starting to collapse at the back and look very vulnerable.
The other Liverpool change sees Tsimikas replaced by Robertson, a straight swap at left-back for the hosts.
Klopp also makes another two changes to his Liverpool side, with Minamino departing and Milner heads on.
Vaulks has also come off as he's already on a booking, so Doyle replaces him.
Another double change by Cardiff now, with King the man coming off and he has been replaced by Colwill.
Jota should have scored himself, but his touch was poor following the pull back from Diaz. However, Minamino was there to spare his blushes and fire Liverpool into a 2-0 lead.
GOOOAAALLL! LIVERPOOL DOUBLE THEIR LEAD, IT’S 2-0! Cardiff have an absolute shocker at the back and hand Liverpool a goal on a plate! Diaz nicks the ball on the byline in the penalty area and pulls it back to Jota, who hardly makes any contact on the ball, so it ends it falling to Minamino, who smashes it into the back of the net.
In their six previous campaigns under Klopp, Liverpool have been eliminated from the fourth round of the FA Cup on four occasions – more than any other side in the competition in this time.
Cardiff's strikers have hardly touched the ball in this second half, they are sitting deep and soaking up the pressure as Liverpool remain on the front foot.
Liverpool are well in control of the game now, they have increased the tempo and Cardiff are going to find it very difficult to get back into this one.
CLOSE! Jota meets a low cross at the far post and tries to volley the ball into the bottom left corner of the net. However, he just drags his shot wide of the post. That could have been 2-0.
Harris also heads off and Davies comes onto the pitch for the visitors.
Cardiff have also made a double substitution, with Collins the first coming off and he has been replaced by Hugill.
The other change sees Diaz make his debut for Liverpool, following his January move from Porto. He replaces Jones.
Here is the first Liverpool change with Keita the man coming off and Elliott comes on, making his long awaited return following a serious injury earlier this season.
Both teams are getting ready to make their first changes of the game now, with Liverpool preparing Diaz and Elliot on the sidelines. Two faces that the Liverpool supporters will be eager to see.
CHANCE! Firmino gets on the end of a good cross into the box from Tsimikas down the left wing and Firmino tries to power a header into the top left corner. However, it lacks the pace to beat Phillips, who makes a comfortable save.
Alexander-Arnold couldn't have delivered the free-kick any better, it was inch-perfect and Jota produced a brilliant header to make it 1-0.
GOOOAAALLL! LIVERPOOL TAKE THE LEAD, IT’S 1-0! Alexander-Arnold whips a superb free-kick delivery into the penalty area from the right wing and it’s met by the head of Jota in the box, who glances the ball into the far corner of the net. Wonderful finish by Jota to fire Liverpool ahead.
Vaulks is the first Cardiff man to be booked after he pulls the shirt of Minamino and deliberately brings him down.
Jones again goes for goal, trying his luck from the edge of the penalty area, but he gets it all wrong and the ball flies high over the Cardiff crossbar.
Liverpool have started the second half as they ended the first period, on top and dominating possession. They'll want to win this game in normal time and avoid extra-time and possibly penalties.
NO RED! VAR agree with the decision on the pitch by the referee, they checked to see if the keeper had denied Cardiff a goalscoring opportunity or if his challenge was too high and worthy of a red. Kelleher gets away with one.
Just a yellow card for Kelleher! The referee has just booked the keeper for his challenge on Harris, but VAR are going to take a look at this and it could be upgraded to a red.
SHOCKER FROM KELLEHER! The Liverpool keeper races out of his penalty area to try and meet the ball ahead Harris but the keeper miss times his challenge and gets nowhere near the ball! He catches Harris high and could be in some trouble now. Will the referee deem that he has denied Cardiff a goalscoring opportunity?
The second half is under way!
Liverpool will be confident of getting on the scoresheet in the second period and they have plenty of quality on the bench to try and change the game if they need to. Meanwhile Cardiff will be very happy with the scoreline as it stands. Can they cause another FA Cup upset?
Liverpool should be ahead at the break after dominating the first half at Anfield, with Jota and Jones both going close for the home side, but they just couldn’t find the breakthrough goal, so it remains goalless. Cardiff have had to sit back inside their own half for much of the game so far, trying to break forward on the counter when they can, but these opportunities have been few and far between, as the Premier League side were camped inside the visitors final third.
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HALF-TIME: LIVERPOOL 0-0 CARDIFF
There will be a minimum of one minute added time played at the end of the first half.
Cardiff will be the much happier team at the break to go in level, as they've had to defend for the majority of the half.
There isn’t long left to play before the end of the first half, can either side break the deadlock before the half-time whistle?
Over the bar! Alexander-Arnold tries his luck again from a free-kick around 30 yards out. This time he gets it over the wall, but it's too high and flies over the crossbar, not troubling Phillips.
Another chance for Jones! Minamino feeds the ball to him on the edge of the penalty area, he then cuts onto his right-foot and tries to curl an effort into the top right corner of the net. However, he gets too much on it and the ball flies over the crossbar.
Not too far away! Firmino meets a cross from Tsimikas at the near post and tries to glance it towards goal, but he doesn't get enough on it and the header flies wide of the Cardiff net.
CHANCE! Another opportunity that Liverpool should convert! Minamino and Jota play a lovely one-two in the penalty area, with Minamino trying to find his team-mate on the edge of the six-yard box, but Jota misses the ball. However, it then falls to Jones in the middle of the box, who should get his effort on target, but his strike flies just over the crossbar. He should've done better from there.
In the third-round, Kaide Gordon (17y 96d) became the second-youngest goalscorer in Liverpool's history, after only Ben Woodburn v Leeds in November 2016 (17 years 45 days).
We’re at the half an hour mark now and it remains goalless between Liverpool and Cardiff at Anfield, but the hosts are well on top and should be ahead.
Free-kick to Liverpool in an excellent shooting position, around 30 yards out and Alexander-Arnold is going to step up to take it. However, the wall do their job well and make the block.
Cardiff are trying to break forward on the counter-attack as soon as they can when they do get on the ball and open up the Liverpool defence.
CLOSE! Vaulks breaks forward and receives the ball deep down the left wing, he cuts inside and then fires a shot towards goal, which flies towards the bottom right corner of the net. However, it flies just wide of the post.
PENALTY SHOUT! Collins leans across to block a cross in the penalty area and the ball strikes the very top of his arm. However, the referee and VAR both agree that it's not a penalty.
It's still all Liverpool here, with Cardiff defending in numbers and getting everyone back behind the ball. Jota looks like the biggest threat for the hosts so far. We haven't seen much from Firmino or Minamino yet.
NO PENALTY! VAR take a look at the challenge by Konate on Harris and agree with the decision by the referee on the pitch, so nothing is given. However, Cardiff could feel hard done by there as it looked like Konate clipped the heels of the Cardiff man.
PENALTY SHOUT! Harris and Konate collide in the penalty area, with the striker cutting across the Liverpool defender and then goes down, with Konate colliding into the back of him. Nothing is given by the referee, but VAR will take a look.
The early Jota chance for Liverpool is still the closest that anyone has come to scoring today. The hosts are dominating possession, but haven't created much in the final third.
Injury concern here for Liverpool and Henderson is down on the pitch with an issue after a challenge with Harris. It looks like the follow-through caught the Liverpool skipper. However, it looks like he will be fine to continue.
Liverpool have scored 15 goals across their last four meetings with Cardiff, winning all four matches in what were Premier League ties in 2013-14 and 2018-19.
The huge away following from Cardiff are trying to push their side forward as much as they can, but the visitors are struggling to string any passes together or get out of their own half. It could be a long afternoon for the Bluebirds.
A lot of the Liverpool attacks are coming down the left wing so far, with Tsimikas camped inside the Cardiff half and trying to get as many crosses into the box as possible.
It's all Liverpool at the moment, they are looking to get an early goal here to give themselves some breathing space. Cardiff have everyone back behind the ball, soaking up the pressure.
Despite their strong line-up today, Liverpool are still missing several key players, including Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, who are away on international duty. Meanwhile Cardiff have opted to rest a few players as they are in a relegation battle at the bottom of the Championship.
CHANCE! Jota should open the scoring for Liverpool! Keita fires the ball into the path of Jota in the penalty area, who turns and fires a low strike towards goal, but Phillips gets down quickly and makes an excellent save to deny him.
Pack tries his luck from distance, firing a low strike towards Kelleher in the Liverpool goal. However, the effort lacks the power to beat the keeper, who makes a comfortable save.
We're under way!
The teams are out on the pitch and kick-off is just a few minutes away, stay tuned for all the match action!
Meanwhile Steve Morison has made eight changes to his Cardiff starting XI, with just Ng, McGuinness and Vaulks keeping their places from the side that beat Barnsley last weekend.
There is no place in the starting line-up for new Liverpool signing Diaz today, he’s on the bench as Jurgen Klopp makes five changes to his side. Alisson, Robertson, Matip, Fabinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain drop out and they have been replaced by Kelleher, Konate, Tsimikas, Keita and Minamino.
CARDIFF SUBS: Alex Smithies, Leandro Bacuna, Jordan Hugill, Ryan Wintle, Tommy Doyle, Rubin Colwill, Jai Semenyo, Sam Bowen, Isaak Davies.
CARDIFF (5-3-2): Dillon Phillips; Perry Ng, Mark McGuinness, Aden Flint, Oliver Denham, Joel Bagan; Will Vaulks, Eli King, Marlon Pack; Mark Harris, James Collins.
LIVERPOOL SUBS: Adrian, Thiago, James Milner, Luis Diaz, Andrew Robertson, Joel Matip, Kaide Gordon, Harvey Elliot, Tyler Morton.
LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Caoimhin Kelleher; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ibrahima Konate, Virgil Van Dijk, Konstantinos Tsimikas; Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita, Curtis Jones; Takumi Minamino, Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino.
Since their third-round victory, Liverpool have won their two premier league games, against Brentford and Crystal Palace, to sit second in the table. While Cardiff have lost two and won two, with their victories coming recently to move them up to 20th in the Championship.
Liverpool face lower League opposition again in the FA Cup fourth round, as they welcome Cardiff. They beat Shrewsbury Town 4-1 in the last round. Meanwhile Cardiff beat Preston North End 2-1.
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