Second half goals by Georginio Wijnaldum and James Milner sent Liverpool back to the top of the Premier League with a hard-fought 2-0 win at Cardiff City.

The Reds’ ninth successive victory in all competitions was secured thanks to an upping of the tempo after a comparatively reserved opening 45 minutes in south Wales.

Wijnaldum’s controlled half-volley from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner shortly before the hour put the visitors in front, before Milner’s ice-cool, 80th-minute penalty — assisted by Mohamed Salah — relieved any concerns of a late Cardiff comeback.

Jürgen Klopp’s side subsequently moves two points above Manchester City again, with Pep Guardiola’s team’s game in hand taking place on Wednesday when they visit Manchester United.

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