Warnock not relishing Anfield test

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Neil Warnock, Manager of Cardiff City looks on prior to the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Cardiff City at Vitality Stadium on August 11, 2018 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock has said that it is going to be “virtually impossible” for his team to win at Anfield.

The Welsh side visit Anfield on Saturday evening in the next round of Premier League fixtures having just claimed their first win of the season over Fulham last week.

Liverpool are riding high in second place, level on points with champions Manchester City, and the experienced manager believes his side have a mountain to climb.

“It’s massive. It’s virtually impossible for any team in the current game.” he said at his prematch press conference.

“We’ve all got to play at the top of our potential to give them a good game and hope they have an off day.

“It’s a special place in football, a remarkable place, but I think we can go there and cause problems.” he added.

Warnock said that he did not expect Reds boss Jurgen Klopp to do him any favours by putting out a weakened side for the game.

“I think the front three is probably the best in the world.” he continued.

“Someone said to me they’d rest Salah. I said ‘what, when he’s got a chance of scoring five or six goals against us?’
“He’s going to want to play, isn’t he?

“But if the front three were injured, the next three aren’t bad either.

“It’s still an exciting place for us to be, especially where we were two years ago, and the fans know the boys are giving everything for the cause.” he added.

Warnock was also questioned over the assertion he made a year ago that Bluebirds centre-back Sol Bamba was a superior defender to Virgil Van Dijk – and revealed that he came close to signing him for Crystal Palace a few years back.

“I think I’d been drinking if I’m honest!” he quipped.

“What I meant was that if Van Dijk was in our team, you’d see if he was a good defender.

“He doesn’t have to defend that much in Liverpool’s team because they’re usually in the other half.

“I’m pleased Van Dijk is playing like he is because I think we could have bought him at Palace for £6m.

“But my chief scout said he was too slow. I think he’s still in a job as well!” he finished.

The Holland international remains the most expensive defender in the game after his £75m switch to Liverpool at the start of the year.

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