English Premier League: Sublime Suarez sends Liverpool top
LIVERPOOL: Luis Suarez continued his incredible scoring run with two goals as Liverpool beat Cardiff City 3-1 at Anfield on Saturday to go top of the Premier League.
Against a Cardiff side dogged by speculation about the future of manager Malky Mackay, Liverpool raced into a three-goal lead by half-time.
Suarez scored twice, either side of assisting Raheem Sterling for Liverpool’s second, to take his tally to 19 league goals for the season and 21 in the league at Anfield in 2013.
Jordon Mutch pulled one back in the second half and Liverpool never matched their earlier intensity, but they still came away with a comfortable win that moves them above Arsenal, who face Chelsea on Monday.
Liverpool had been a long way from their best, but moved ahead in the 25th minute with a goal from Suarez. Coutinho knocked the ball to the left and Jordan Henderson clipped a cross to the edge of the area for the striker to find the bottom-left corner with a firm volley.
Three minutes before the interval, Liverpool got a deserved second when Henderson sent Suarez clear and the striker squared a pass for Sterling to tap in.
Three minutes later, Suarez was found by Henderson’s backheel and bent a fine shot into the bottom-right corner from outside the box for a third.
But Cardiff pulled one back just before the hour mark when Peter Whittingham’s deep free-kick was headed in at the far corner by Mutch.
The Reds broke out with a quarter of an hour remaining, with Sterling thwarted by goalkeeper David Marshall and Suarez’s follow-up shot hitting the outside of the post.
Joe Allen also headed over from Sterling’s corner as the Reds tried to reassert themselves, while Suarez was again denied a hat-trick by a low save from Marshall.
Sherwood uncertain over Spurs role
Tim Sherwood is keen to press his claims to become Tottenham’s permanent manager, but admits Sunday’s trip to Southampton could mark his final game in charge of the club.
Sherwood was installed as interim manager following the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas in the wake of a 5-0 home defeat against Liverpool last weekend.
He oversaw a defeat in his first match in charge, the midweek home loss to West Ham in the League Cup quarter-finals, and is keen to register his first victory when he takes his side to St Mary’s Stadium.
“If it was down to me, I will get a 10-year contract now but football doesn’t work like that,” said Sherwood, who has been given no guarantee he will be in charge beyond the visit to the south coast.
“It’s all about getting the results. I listen to managers all the time talking about the project, but the project is you win games or get sacked. End of story.”
Published in The Express Tribune, December 22nd, 2013.
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