🚨 Injury-hit Liverpool go four points clear with comeback win vs Luton | OneFootball

🚨 Injury-hit Liverpool go four points clear with comeback win vs Luton | OneFootball

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Peter Fitzpatrick·21 February 2024

🚨 Injury-hit Liverpool go four points clear with comeback win vs Luton

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An injury-hit Liverpool went four points clear at the top of the Premier League after a brilliant 4-1 comeback win against Luton Town at Anfield.


Scorers: van Dijk 56′, Gakpo 58′, Díaz 71′, Elliot 90′; Ogbene 12′


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The league leaders flew out of the blocks despite their mounting absentee list, and might have taken the lead inside two minutes if Luis Díaz had been quicker to shoot when he found himself free of the Luton defence.

After surviving the early onslaught, the Hatters made their way into the game and opened the scoring in the 12th minute.

Tahith Chong drove into the box and hit a fierce drive at Caoimhín Kelleher, who could only parry the ball in the direction of Chiedozie Ogbene, who nodded home from close range to give his side a shock lead.

The goal stunned Anfield but did not spark an instant response, with Liverpool’s depleted side struggling to create openings.

Luton were relatively comfortable until the break, with Chong and Ogbene providing a constant threat on the break.

Undoubtedly given some strong words from Jürgen Klopp in the dressing room, the Reds cranked up the pressure early into the second half with Díaz feeling the most likely to net an equaliser.

Instead, it was Virgil van Dijk with a captain’s goal in the 56th minute. The Dutch defender got away from his marker to meet Alexis Mac Allister’s corner with a brilliant header.

Two minutes later and it was double Dutch as Cody Gakpo put the Reds into the lead. A quick throw from Conor Bradley to Alexis Mac Allister gave the Argentine midfielder space to rocket a cross into the box, which Gakpo met with another excellent header.

The goals completely changed the flow of the game, unsurprisingly, with Luton just looking to hold on and stay in the game.

In the 71st minute, Liverpool extended their lead through Luis Díaz, who got the goal his hard work deserved.

Luton gave away the ball inside their own half, allowing the Reds to push forward and play in the Colombian, who jinked his way past Teden Mengi before coolly finishing with a left-footed strike.

Liverpool added a fourth in the final minute of normal time, Harvey Elliot netting on his 100th appearance for the club.

The Reds extend their lead at the top of the table, albeit having played a game more, and now get set for Sunday’s EFL Cup final against Chelsea, while Luton stay in the relegation zone.