Liverpool stormed to the top of the Premier League table with a 3-1 win over Cardiff City at Anfield in their Premier League clash on Saturday.
The hosts made their intentions clear from the first whistle as midfielder Jordon Henderson forced a save out of David Marshall with just two minutes played.
Luis Saurez then had his first effort at goal after a Raheem Sterling break, but the striker placed his shot just wide of the target in the 6th minute.
Jordon Mutch and Craig Noone then both had half chances for the Cardiff on the quarter hour mark, but neither could really test Red’s goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.
Luis Saurez; who just this week signed a new £200,000 per week contract extension at the club then grabbed the game by the scruff of its neck and proved why he is now the highest paid player in Liverpool’s history.
The Uruguay international opened the scoring at Anfield when he got on the end of a Joe Allen cross before striking a well-timed volley leaving Marshall helpless in the 25th minute.
Brendan Rodgers’ side then doubled their lead five minutes before the half-time whistle, this time their star striker turned provider as he squared for Sterling to simply tap in, after the home side had caught their opponents on the break.
The £200,000 a week man was not done just yet, and made it 3-0 to Liverpool in the 45th minute as he curled a wonderful effort into the far corner from the edge of the box.
The Reds continued their dominance as the second-half kicked off and came close to extending their lead when Sterling and Coutinho both fired wide in the 47th and 51st minutes respectively.
The Welsh side did push forward and caused their hosts problems when they played long-balls into the box and in set-piece situations and they did pull a goal back soon after from a set-piece.
Peter Whittingham whipped in a good ball into the box following a free-kick and Jordon Mutch rose highest to head home, making it 3-1 with 58 minutes on the clock.
Rodgers’ men let their foot off the gas as the game went on with Saurez not able to grab another hat-trick and Cardiff hardly testing Mignolet besides a few crosses into the Pool penalty area.
The win means Liverpool will now top the table by one point over Arsenal, until the Gunners face third placed Chelsea on Monday.