The Absolutely Ridiculous Stats Behind A Record-Equalling Win For Liverpool Against Cardiff
There are one-sided wins and there are one-sided wins. Liverpool's 4-1 win over Cardiff City took the Reds to the summit of the Premier League table and it was a landslide victory of the like that Theresa May could only dream of.
The Reds dominated possession during the first-half as they only had Mo Salah's strike to show for their efforts and it was remarkable that they were only 1-0 up when the half-time whistle blew.
The Cardiff players had barely touched the ball during the opening 45 minutes at Anfield and Bruno Ecuele Manga produced what is commonly known as 'A Kenedy' by failing to complete a single successful pass to any of his teammates during the first-half - it was a feat that Newcastle's Kenedy also achieved during his team's match against Cardiff earlier this season.
It should come as no surprise really as Cardiff struggled to get hold of the ball against a rampant Liverpool side and journalist Richard Jolly emphasised the dominance of the home team with a damning Tweet...
Gini Wijnaldum completed more than twice as many passes (69) as the whole Cardiff team (34) in the first half. One player completed no passes, three others one. [@RichJolly]
There was one glimmer of light for Cardiff though as they did at least manage to score at Anfield - as Jolly pointed out, in doing so they became the first opposition team to score against Liverpool at Anfield in 918 minutes of league football - a run that stretches all the way back to February. Remarkable.
However, Cardiff only managed 20% of possession in the end. Paltry.
It was a case of job done for Liverpool in the end as they matched their joint-best start to a Premier League season, with their 26 points from ten fixtures matching the return from the same stage of the 2008/09 campaign. Could this one end in silverware or will it be a familiar tale of woe for the Reds? Time will tell...