Michael Owen states his prediction for Liverpool v Cardiff City
The Liverpool FC legend expects Jurgen Klopp's side to beat Cardiff City at Anfield on Saturday afternoon
Michael Owen believes Liverpool FC will extend their unbeaten start to the Premier League season when Jurgen Klopp’s side welcome Cardiff City at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.
The Merseyside outfit returned to winning ways last weekend after Liverpool FC were 1-0 winners against Huddersfield Town thanks to Mohamed Salah’s first-half opener.
Liverpool FC had drawn against Premier League title rivals Chelsea FC and Manchester City in their final two league games before the international break.
And the Reds warmed up for Saturday’s game as they notched up an impressive 4-0 win against Red Star Belgrade in the Champions league on Wednesday night.
Roberto Firmino broke the deadlock in the first half with a clinical finish after Andy Robertson teed up the Brazil international in the 20th minute.
Reigning PFA player of the year then Salah scored either side of half-time to net his 49th and 50th goals in 65 games in all competitions at Liverpool FC.
Klopp will be delighted that Sadio Mane ended his goal drought thanks to his 80th-minute strike to secure a 4-0 win in the European clash on Wednesday night.
The Senegal international’s strike was his first since Mane found the net in a 2-1 win over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on 1 September.
Former Liverpool FC striker Owen believes the Reds will ease to comfortable victory over Cardiff City in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
“Liverpool have kept a clean sheet in their last nine PL home games and they will break a club record if they keep the Bluebirds at bay at Anfield,” Owen told BetVictor.
“The Reds are not at their very best at present but are grinding out results and that is the mark of a very good side. Cardiff gained their first win of the season at home to Fulham last time and many will consider this a bonus game for the Bluebirds, but Neil Warnock won’t be thinking like that!
“There have been at least three goals scored in the last ten meetings between the clubs in all competitions and Jurgen Klopp’s record against newly promoted clubs at Anfield is played seven – won seven.
“I expect the Reds to maintain their excellent start to the season.”
Liverpool FC are in second place in the Premier League table and level on points with defending champions Manchester City at the top of the table.
The Reds have managed to remain unbeaten in the Premier League despite testing fixtures against Chelsea FC and Manchester City in the past month.
Liverpool FC came from 1-0 down to rescue a 1-1 draw with Chelsea FC after Daniel Sturridge netted a late equaliser at Stamford Bridge.
Manchester City playmaker Riyad Mahrez missed a late penalty at Anfield to ensure Liverpool FC secured a point in a goalless draw.
Liverpool FC will take on fourth-placed Arsenal at The Emirates on Saturday 3 November.