Liverpool fight back to beat Luton Town

Liverpool fight back to beat Luton Town

Despite missing 10 first-team players, Liverpool produced a stunning second-half performance to defeat Luton Town at Anfield, and regain their lead at the top of the table.

  • Liverpool remain top of the league after another victory at Anfield
  • The Reds had to come from behind after a poor first-half display
  • Luton took a surprise lead in the 12th minute, through Ogbene's header
  • Liverpool turned the game on its head in the space of two minutes with goals from Van Dijk and Gakpo
  • Luis Diaz added a third goal to make the scoreline more comfortable
  • Harvey Elliott, on his 100th appearance, adds a fourth goal in the 90th minute

Liverpool produced an excellent second-half performance to record an impressive 4 - 1 victory over a stubborn Luton Town at Anfield tonight.  The result means Liverpool have moved four points clear at the top of the table, and will remain there at the end of the weekend, regardless of what Arsenal and Manchester City do.

It could have been very different, however, with Luton taking a surprise early lead, through Ogbene's header in the 12th minute.  Liverpool huffed and puffed in the first half, but never really threatened, with poor decision-making in the final third a major problem.  Jurgen Klopp was not a happy man as he watched from the sidelines, and he raced down the tunnel at half-time, to give his players a dressing down for their poor performance.

The Liverpool players emerged for the second half several minutes early, with Klopp's words still ringing in their ears, and duly produced a much better performance.  The pivotal moment came in the 56th minute when Captain Van Dijk thundered in a header from a corner.  Anfield erupted and from that moment on, Liverpool never looked back.  Cody Gakpo put the Reds ahead just two minutes later when he scored his 11th goal of the season.  And Luis Diaz (who had missed several good chances in the opening minutes), gave Liverpool a two-goal cushion in the 71st minute.

As the game moved toward the final few minutes, Klopp felt confident enough to give youngsters McConnell, Clark, and Danns an Anfield run out, before Harvey Elliott - making his 100th Liverpool appearance - scored to cap an excellent come-back victory and send the Anfield faithful home very happy.

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Liverpool vs Luton Town match stats

Possession
Liverpool - 61% - %39 Luton Town

Total Shots
Liverpool 29 - 12 Luton Town

Shots on Target
Liverpool 13 - 3 Luton Town

Corners
Liverpool 13 - 4 Luton Town

Fouls
Liverpool 15 - 14 Luton Town

Man of the Match

BBC (public vote) - Alexis Mac Allister
Sky Sports - Harvey Elliott
LFC - Back On Our Perch - Virgil Van Dijk

What's Next

  • Liverpool face Chelsea in the Carabao Cup Final on Sunday, kick-off at 15.30 (GMT)

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  1. Susan

    Really great match report. I felt like i was in the stadium watching every minute of the match. Another hard fought win but we march onwards.

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