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Liverpool, New Title | Liverpool turned to victory against Luton: – Have taken control of the title game

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Liverpool, New Title |  Liverpool turned to victory against Luton: – Have taken control of the title game

It was two set piece goals that decided. Team captain Virgil van Dijk headed in a corner kick from Alexis Mac Allister in the 56th minute, and two minutes later Mac Allister provided another assist from a throw-in. His hard cross went in via the forehead of Cody Gakpo.

Luis Diaz also got on the scoresheet in the 71st minute, after missing chance after chance earlier in the match. In the last minute, Harvey Elliott also scored, in his 100th game for Liverpool.

The win means the team remain top of the league when they travel to Wembley to face Chelsea in the League Cup final on Sunday.

Manchester City and Arsenal play their matches in the 26th league round on Saturday, but they can at best be one and two points behind Liverpool.

– The jubilant scenes at Anfield are wild. Both goals have come in front of “The Kop”. Liverpool have once again taken control of the title fight, writes Sky Sports reporter Ben Ransom.

Watered in chances

As expected, Jürgen Klopp’s injury-reduced team pushed Luton back from the start and created many dangerous situations. Diaz had six finishes in the first 35 minutes, some of them big chances, but got the ball between the posts just once.

Diaz missed two good chances in just the first five minutes, but a Luton side desperately short of points didn’t take long to show their serious intent.

In the 12th minute, the team took the lead through Chiedozie Ogbene after a throw-in, some good performances and a less impressive intervention by Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher.

Tahith Chong played a wall with Cauley Woodrow and stormed into the box from the side. Kelleher positioned himself a little too far from the post. He got his foot on the shot but only sent the ball in an arc towards the far post, where Ogbene stayed ahead of Joe Gomez and nodded home.

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Seven terrific minutes

Liverpool dominated the first half, but after the break the pressure quickly became irresistible. In the 51st minute, Conor Bradley played Diaz for another chance. The Colombian hit the target, but Teden Mengi saved on the line.

Seconds later, Diaz shot the ball into the arm of Gabriel Osho. Liverpool screamed for a penalty, but the arm was close to the body, and both the referee and VAR were acquitted.

Goalkeeper Thomas Kaminski made a great save on a Gakpo shot before van Dijk broke away from the markers and nodded in 1-1.

Kaminski made another spectacular save on a Bradley shot that changed direction before Gakpo made it 2-1, and a little later the goalkeeper was brilliant again when he saved another van Dijk header. Liverpool got two goals and five great chances in seven terrific minutes.

Diaz got his goal after substitute Andy Robertson won the ball high up the pitch and played him forward in the box, and Elliott punctuated when he pounced on a poor clearance.

(©NTB)

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