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Watch Live: Liverpool vs. Cardiff City (Lineups and Discuss)

Dec 21, 2013, 7:03 AM EDT

Liverpool's Suarez celebrates scoring a goal against Norwich during their English Premier League soccer match at Anfield in Liverpool Reuters

Are you, like us, up early to see if Luis Suárez can manage another hat-trick, this time against Cardiff at Anfield? (7:45 a.m. ET; watch live on NBCSN and online via NBC Sports Live Extra).

Liverpool’s starlet has just extended his contract and will now remain at the club through 2018, on a reported £200,000 per week. Considering Suárez has 17 goals in 11 games, such a deal certainly seems worth it. On the whole, the Reds have knocked in 14 goals over their last three games, with their last victory an impressive 5-0 win at Tottenham. Is there any wonder that Brendan Rodgers is sticking with that exact side?

Can Cardiff cope with the Reds’ attacking prowess? The Bluebirds don’t have the worst defense in the league, but it’s not all that great, either. Still, the visitors will be hopeful that last week’s win over West Brom will provide some momentum to, at the very least, hold Liverpool to a draw. With that in mind, Malky Mackay has made just one switch, with Frazier Campbell dropping to the bench and midfielder Aron Gunnarsson stepping in.

Will Cardiff be able to put aside the off-field drama that’s surrounding the club and manage to contain Liverpool? Or will it be an easy win for the hosts?

Lineups

Liverpool starting XI: Mignolet, Johnson, Flanagan, Skrtel, Sakho, Lucas, Allen, Henderson, Coutinho, Sterling, Suarez

Subs: Jones, Toure, Agger, Alberto, Aspas, Moses, Kelly

Cardiff City starting XI: Marshall, Theophile-Catherine, Taylor, Medel, Caulker, Turner, Odemwingie, Mutch, Gunnarsson, Whittingham, Noone

Subs: Lewis; Hudson, Cornelius, Campbell, Kim, Cowie, John

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