Liverpool vs. Cardiff City: Preview and TV schedule

Ben Hoskins

Saturday's early kickoff sees Liverpool host Cardiff City at Anfield, and whether the Bluebirds' manager Malky Mackay will be on the sidelines is anyone's guess.

Liverpool may be only a couple of points off the top of the Premier League, but it's Cardiff City who are the side hogging the headlines heading into their meeting early on Saturday. With owner Vincent Tan and manager Malky Mackay engaged in a bizarre standoff over the latter's seemingly-imminent departure, it remains to be seen whether he'll last until this game.

Despite evidently having lost the faith of Tan, Mackay still certainly has the support of the fans. Cardiff are currently up in 15th place in their debut Premier League season, and could cause Liverpool some problems at Anfield. However, with the hosts having picked up five wins on the trot in front of their own fans, they still head in as comfortable favourites.

They'll still be without Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard, as well as defensive duo Sebastián Coates and José Enrique. Cardiff's only early injury concern is Craig Bellamy, who will need to recover from a knee problem to be involved.

Liverpool injuries and suspensions

Out: Sebastián Coates (knee), José Enrique (knee), Daniel Sturridge (ankle), Steven Gerrard (hamstring). In doubt: None.

Cardiff City injuries and suspensions

Out: None. In doubt: Craig Bellamy (knee).

Projected lineups

Liverpool: Simon Mignolet; Jon Flanagan, Mamadou Sakho, Martin Skrtel, Glen Johnson; Joe Allen, Lucas Leiva, Jordan Henderson; Philippe Coutinho, Luis Suárez, Raheem Sterling.

Cardiff City: David Marshall; Andrew Taylor, Ben Turner, Steven Caulker, Kévin Théophile-Catherine; Craig Noone, Peter Whittingham, Gary Medel, Jordon Mutch, Peter Odemwingie; Fraizer Campbell.

Match Date/Time: Saturday, 12:45 p.m. local, 7:45 a.m. ET

Venue: Anfield, Liverpool, England

TV: NBC Sports Network, Mun2 (U.S.), Sportsnet (Canada), BT Sport 1 (U.K.)

Online: NBC Sports Live Extra (U.S.), BT Sport (U.K.), LFC TV Online (U.K. and international)

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