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CARDIFF, Wales — Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 victory at Cardiff on Sunday, which was secured in the second half by Georginio Wijnaldum's strike and James Milner's penalty.

It gave Liverpool a club-record 88 Premier League points, beating the 86 managed in the 2008-09 season, but there is still a first English title in 29 years to secure.

Liverpool holds a two-point advantage over Manchester City, which has a game in hand and plays at Manchester United on Wednesday.

Liverpool's breakthrough against relegation-threatened Cardiff only came in the second half — the sixth successive league game which Liverpool has won by scoring a winner after the break.

Trent Alexander-Arnold delivered a corner to the near post where Wijnaldum met it to grab the opener in the 57th minute.

Liverpool was disrupted further by losing Fabinho following a clash of heads and Milner was sent on to play what proved to be a decisive role.

Milner netted from the penalty spot in the 81st minute after Sean Morrison grappled Mohamed Salah, who fell to the ground.