On this day in 2013 Liverpool secured their place at the top of the table going into Christmas with a 3-1 win over Cardiff.
The game started promisingly for Malky Mackay’s Cardiff side who had an early counter-attack denied by Simon Mignolet as he tipped a Craig Noone effort over the bar. Liverpool responded emphatically however, and on the 25th minute Luis Suarez found the net with a volley from the edge of the box. On two occasions the Reds came close to doubling their lead only to strike the post, both Coutinho and Flanagan having their efforts denied by the woodwork. It was Raheem Sterling who was finally able to add the the scoring just before half time with Suarez turning from scorer to creator, squaring the ball to Sterling for a tap-in. Suarez added an impressive third before the break latching on to Henderson’s pass and curling an effort into the bottom corner.
Despite a dominant first half from the Reds, Cardiff fought back admirably in the second period with Jordan Mutch pulling one back for the visitors just before the hour mark. Although the result was beyond them they piled on the pressure in an attempt to salvage a result, but to no avail. Suarez came close to a hat-trick as he struck the post but the home side were unable to add to their tally and the match ended 3-1, sealing their 11th league win of the season.
The Reds position at Christmas was dependant on Arsenal’s result as they hosted fellow title contenders Chelsea two days later. However, the Gunners only managed a 0-0 draw, securing Liverpool’s position at the top of the Premier League.