The 5 Things We Learned As Liverpool Go Four Points Clear After Comeback Win Against Luton

The 5 Things We Learned As Liverpool Go Four Points Clear After Comeback Win Against Luton

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
February 21, 2024 at 10:35 PM
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  • Liverpool fought back to thrash Luton 4-1
  • The win extends their lead at the top of EPL
  • Here are the 5 takeaways from the game

Liverpool reaffirmed their dominance in the Premier League title race with a resilient display, overcoming an early setback to secure a 4-1 victory over Luton at Anfield on Wednesday night.

Despite Luton taking the lead through Chiedozie Ogbene in the 12th minute, Liverpool remained composed, with Luis Diaz's early missed opportunities highlighting the absence of Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota.

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Liverpool staged a stunning comeback to beat Luton Town at Anfield. Photos by James Gill - Danehouse.
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Virgil van Dijk's powerful header from a corner sparked Liverpool's comeback just 11 minutes into the second half, followed swiftly by Cody Gakpo's well-timed nod to shift the momentum in Liverpool's favour, per Sky Sports.

Diaz extended Liverpool's lead with a clinical finish less than 20 minutes from time before Harvey Elliott sealed the win with a late goal, propelling the Reds four points clear of second-placed Manchester City.

Here are the five key takeaways from the thrilling encounter between Liverpool and Luton at Anfield, as analyzed by Sports Brief.

1. No Salah, no problem

In the absence of their star player, Mohamed Salah, Liverpool easily dispatched Luton Town.

Despite initial concerns about Salah's absence, the Reds quickly adapted and mounted a strong offensive performance.

Klopp's side overcame an early setback to score four goals, showcasing their ability to thrive even without their top scorer in such an important clash.

2. Anfield atmosphere bails Liverpool out

Once again, the iconic atmosphere at Anfield proved to be Liverpool's saving grace in a pivotal match with significant implications for the Premier League title race.

Although conceding an early goal, the electrifying energy from the crowd spurred Jurgen Klopp's team to mount a remarkable comeback and secure the win.

Klopp's tenure at the helm of the Merseyside club has been characterised by a deep connection with the fans, and the iconic stadium has often provided crucial support during crucial moments.

Prior to the match, the German manager urged the crowd to create an atmosphere reminiscent of European nights, and they certainly delivered.

3. Klopp's mentality monsters reign

The Reds have established themselves as a team renowned for their resilience and never-say-die attitude, a mantra that seems ingrained in their DNA.

According to Opta Statistics, Liverpool have salvaged 22 points from losing positions in the Premier League this season, more than any other team. This impressive feat mirrors their performance in the 2008-09 season, where they also recovered the same number of points.

Their ability to overturn deficits has earned them the nickname "mentality monsters," a moniker they have fully embraced. Against Luton, they once again demonstrated their mental strength and determination.

With Klopp's future at the club numbered, it's possible that the players are rallying behind their manager in his final season, aiming to give him a deserving farewell.

4. Mac Allister picking up form at the right time

After transferring to Liverpool from Brighton and Hove Albion at the beginning of the season, the 2022 World Cup champion is hitting his peak form just as the season reaches its crucial stages.

Initially, the 25-year-old struggled to find his rhythm in Klopp's midfield, failing to replicate his performances from his time at Brighton. However, in recent games, particularly since the start of the new year, he has been outstanding.

Scoring a goal in Liverpool's win over Brentford was just the beginning for Mac Allister. In the match against Luton, he delivered a flawless performance, earning top marks for his contributions.

Playing in a deeper position alongside Endo, Mac Allister faced challenges against Luton's aggressive man-marking strategy in the first half. However, he quickly adapted and took control of the game after halftime, showcasing his talent by providing two assists.

5. Liverpool serious about EPL title

During Klopp's nearly decade-long tenure at Liverpool, he has clinched just one Premier League title and secured a few runner-up finishes, often eclipsed by the formidable Manchester City side led by Pep Guardiola.

Despite being considered outsiders in this season's title race, the Reds have managed to position themselves as serious contenders and currently lead the pack atop the table.

Considering Man City's resurgence after a turbulent spell at the tail-end of last year, Liverpool is well aware that claiming the EPL crown will be no easy feat.

Their recent comeback victory against Luton, stretching their lead to four points at the top spot, serves as a testament to their determination and underscores their championship aspirations.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.
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