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Van Dijk leads the way as LFC statistics demonstrate a remarkable second-half comeback.

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Liverpool overcame a deficit to win the Premier League once more, and there was a clear difference between the first and second halves in one crucial area.

When Wednesday night arrived, Liverpool was missing eleven players, so manager Jurgen Klopp had to put together a makeshift team.

Luckily, the Reds improved significantly in the second half and humiliated Luton, scoring goals through Harvey Elliott, Cody Gakpo, Luis Diaz, and Virgil van Dijk.

This allowed Klopp to give Liverpool’s young players some playing time, which included Jayden Danns’ debut.

Due to the 18-year-old’s late arrival, Liverpool “had seven players aged 21 or younger play in the same league game” for the first time in the team’s history, as Michael Reid of Opta noted on X.

With the win, Klopp has now defeated every Premier League team he has faced while managing Liverpool.

Liverpool’s first-half struggles received a lot of attention, but the rest of the play was passable when you ignore their frank approach in the last third.
Liverpool dominated the first half of the game and gave up just one significant opportunity, which wasconverted by Chiedozie Ogbene, as you can see from Fotmob’s first-half data analysis.

The Reds’ last pass and choices made just before the half let them down. This frequently includes errant long-range shots.

The areas from which Liverpool was shooting were considerably closer to goal in the second half, as the graphic below illustrates.

Van Dijk, the captain, was crucial to Liverpool’s comeback—and not only in a defensive way.

When none of his colleagues had yet to score, the Dutchman maintained composure to put a header past Luton goalkeeper Thomas Kaminski. The Reds’ strikers began playing around the area with greater confidence after that.

According to Opta, Van Dijk’s goal was his 18th in the Premier League since the start of the 2018–19 season, which is four more than any other defender during that period.

Naturally, Van Dijk played a major role at the back, winning all seven of his aerial duels and contributing seven clearances.

That indicates that since the Reds’ victory over Chelsea at home on January 31, the Dutchman has really prevailed in all 21 of his aerial encounters.

This season’s Liverpool comeback has been largely attributed to his leadership and play, and he is continuing the “mentality monsters” mentality from earlier campaigns.

This season’s Liverpool comeback has been largely attributed to his leadership and play, and he is continuing the “mentality monsters” mentality from earlier campaigns.

Liverpool “have won 22 points from losing positions in the Premier League this season, the joint-most they have ever managed in a single campaign (22 in 2008/09),” according to Squawka, demonstrating the team’s mental toughness on the field.

Additionally, Andrew Beasley said on X that Liverpool had scored four goals in the second half of a league game for the third time in seven.

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