CHERRIES’ Premier League status for a fifth season was confirmed yesterday after Cardiff City suffered a 2-0 defeat against Liverpool.

Georginio Wijnaldum’s driven effort and James Milner’s penalty in the second half secured victory for Jurgen Klopp’s men at Cardiff City Stadium.

The Bluebirds have three games remaining but sit an unassailable 10 points behind Cherries.

Eddie Howe’s men broke the 40-point barrier earlier this month with an emphatic 5-0 triumph over Brighton before on Saturday falling to a 1-0 home reverse against relegated Fulham.

Cherries, who sit 14th, could still better their highest ever points tally in the top flight of 46 points from the 2016-17 season.

The Dorset club have fixtures to come at Southampton and Crystal Palace, either side of a meeting with Tottenham at Vitality Stadium.

Liverpool went ahead in the 57th minute at Cardiff when Wijnaldum fired into the top of the net from a low corner by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Referee Martin Atkinson awarded Liverpool a penalty with 10 minutes to go after Mohamed Salah clashed with Sean Morrison. Substitute Milner converted from the spot to double his side’s lead and cement victory.