first_imgShare on WhatsApp Liverpool v Cardiff: match preview Share via Email Virtually impossible for any team. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, Lionel Messi’s Barcelona, Milan circa 1990, the Puskas-piloted Hungary side of 1954, Brazil in 1970, Johan Cruyff’s Ajax, the Harlem Globetrotters, the SAS, John “Hannibal” Smith’s crack commando unit – all of them would be flayed and scalped by Jürgen Klopp’s trophyless wonders. Another thing that’s virtually impossible is describing how completely impossible the task facing poor little Cardiff actually is. Particularly with Harry Arter doubtful. “We’ve all got to play at the top of our potential to give them a good game and hope they have an off day,” Warnock said. “But I think we can go there and cause problems.”Having already discounted actually winning from the list of problems they might cause, he was perhaps referring to the possibility of discovering a blocked toilet in the dressing-room, or the team coach breaking down in the car park, or the kit man failing to pack any socks. The bookmakers are certainly taking Warnock at his word, considering 1-0 the most likely score by which Cardiff might win, but thinking 14 different Liverpool-favouring scorelines are more probable, including 6-1 and 7-0. They also forecast Liverpool are more likely to win 4-0 than 1-0. Cardiff might actually go to Anfield and win 2-0, they concede, but overall it is considerably more probable that they will lose 8-0.Clever old Neil Warnock. It just goes to show, there’s nothing this man can’t manage, least of all expectations.QUOTE OF THE DAY“I’m probably one of the cheapest ones” – West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski discusses why he’s such a popular fantasy football pick in a hot chat with Stuart James that includes deeper matters, of course. Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Topics Reuse this content Strong jacket game. Photograph: Graeme Robertson/The Guardian Facebook Having played for Republic O’Ireland, Andy Keogh knows a heavy touch when he sees one. Photograph: Paul Kane/Getty Images RECOMMENDED LISTENINGAn extra dose of Football Weekly, you say?FIVER LETTERS“Can I congratulate the old writer of The Fiver on their new job, wherever that may be. 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Aaron Ramsey wants answers. “We all know that the [Arsenal] contract was taken away off the table,” he sniffed. “Hopefully somebody will come up and tell me why.”Pep reckons Manchester City won’t moonwalk their way to the Premier League title again. “I don’t have doubt about that,” he said, while finalising plans for the open-top bus parade. “There are five or six teams in the title race.” And Perth Glory striker Andy Keogh has had enough of the flamin’ circus surrounding Usain Bolt. “[He’s got] a touch like a trampoline,” he parped. “He’s not going to be able to make it [in the A-League].”STILL WANT MORE?Ten things to look out for in the Premier League, including Watford’s unhappy memories, Aymeric Laporte’s specialist skills and the lesser-spotted Fred.“An act of God in Nike boots” – Nick Miller on The Ronaldo’s dazzling solo goal for Barcelona against Compostela, back in 1996.The abuse directed at Karen Carney shows social media platforms must do more to protect players, writes Eni Aluko.Martin Laurence guides you through the most improved teams in Europe this season. 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Or he would have done, if he’d been there at the time. Because it turns out a day out is exactly what he thinks Cardiff are going for. “I hope the lads are looking forward to it,” chirruped the chirpy chiropodist. “It’s a special place in football, a remarkable place.”And his team’s chances of victory? Well, you can forget about that. It’s simply too much to ask, and not just for Cardiff’s plucky Championship-confounding little upstarts, either. “It’s virtually impossible for any team,” Warnock insisted. “I think the front three is as good as any in the world. If those three were injured the next three aren’t bad either. You can only do so much as a coach. You’ve got to hope your lads are concentrating and up for it and give them a run for their money.” features Pinterest last_img

Flayed and scalped by Jürgen Klopp’s trophyless wonders

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