By David Shams
Liverpool regained the top spot in the Premier League after their 2-0 win in Cardiff on Sunday. Manchester City play their game in hand on Wednesday at Old Trafford against cross town rivals Manchester United.
With a few exceptions, it was a dominating performance by Liverpool, even without the Merseyside club scoring in the first frame.
Early in the second half, Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, latched on to a low hit corner kick from Trent Alexander Arnold and powered it into the back of the net, leaving Cardiff goalkeeper Neil Etheridge flapping after it.
Six minutes later, Cardiff defender and captain Sean Morrison managed to miss a wide open header at the back post. The ball came in from the side bathed in sunshine to the side darkened by shadow. That could have caused Morrison to drop his head a bit sooner and let the ball skip off his back.
Then Morrison’s day got a little worse as he gets called for a penalty kick after grabbing, holding, then pulling down Mohamed Salah inside Cardiff’s box. James Milner, the preferred penalty taker for Liverpool, had just come on for an injured Fabinho. He stepped up and buried his spot kick to put Liverpool ahead 2-0.
The win puts Liverpool ahead of Manchester City on points. Wednesday’s Manchester Derby will likely be decisive in deciding the 2018-19 title.
David is the founder of DC Soccer Digest. He lives in Washington, DC.