Predicted Liverpool XI to play Cardiff City - Don't expect any changes

Match to be played on Saturday 21st December 2013 at 12:45. Venue: Anfield, Liverpool.

Liverpool will head into their Premier League clash against Cardiff City this weekend full of confidence following the 5-0 drubbing they handed Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane last weekend.

Despite the fact the Liverpool squad is stretched at the moment, Brendan Rodgers has done a very good job creating a winning mentality in the dressing room which creates a unique team spirit as the Reds fight to stay near the top of the table.

A win would even put Liverpool top until at least Monday night when Arsenal and Chelsea lock horns.

Here is the side Rodgers could go with for the match.

GK – Simon Mignolet

Mignolet is improving all the time in Liverpool colours. He’s got a commanding presence in his own penalty area and has a great ability to make saves from a range of complex positions.

RB – Glen Johnson

Johnson is one of the best right-backs in the country and someone who should relish the chance to dominate in this game. He’ll have to be wary when he goes forward because Cardiff do have the pace to counter attack.

CB – Martin Skrtel

Skrtel is the leader in the defence and someone that Rodgers relies a lot on to keep the back four well organised. His aerial presence will be important if Cardiff try to hit Liverpool with aerial balls.

CB – Mamadou Sakho

The former PSG man has improved a great deal since he first joined the club and he now looks very comfortable with the pace, skill and physical nature of Premier League football.

LB – Jon Flanagan

Flanagan has been a revelation at left-back for Liverpool and he’s likely to keep other key defenders out of the side yet again. He should be very confident following his goal against Spurs last weekend.

RM – Raheem Sterling

Sterling provides that injection of pace down the right hand side of the midfield which is important. He sometimes still looks raw in possession but he should relish the chance to attack the Cardiff left-back.

DM – Lucas

Lucas does a great job in front of the back four by reading the play, making interceptions and throwing in tackles in key areas. He’s a great player when it comes to anticipating runs from the opposition.

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CM – Joe Allen

Allen was superb against Tottenham Hotspur and he should continue in central midfield. He can play at either end of the pitch and gets stuck in defensively, while getting forward to provide attacking support when he can.

AM – Jordan Henderson

Henderson is likely to be the player who nudges forward and plays at the very top of the midfield. He’ll make runs from deep positions, trying to get beyond Luis Suarez and undetected into the box.

LM – Philippe Coutinho

The Brazilian may start in a slightly left midfield position but he certainly won’t stay there. He’ll drift wide, he’ll cut inside and he will rotate with Allen and Henderson at times, which will make him near impossible to mark.

ST – Luis Suarez

Suarez will be placed as the sole striker and told to cause chaos like only he can. Suarez looks very confident and more importantly happy at the moment and he should keep the captain’s armband.

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