2nd half goal flurry versus Luton Town builds momentum for EFL Cup Final

The Reds overcame a sluggish start and a rash of injuries to secure a big win.

Liverpool FC v Luton Town - Premier League
Liverpool FC v Luton Town - Premier League / James Gill - Danehouse/GettyImages
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Coming into Wednesday's Premier League clash with Luton Town, the biggest story surrounding Liverpool was the amount of marquee players that are not available at the moment. An extremely sluggish first half performance did little to dampen the doubts.

Luckily, whatever was said at halftime had a resounding effect as the lads came out on fire and pushed until their upstart counterparts finally broke.

The three minute burst that saw the Dutch duo of Virgil Van Dijk and Cody Gakpo score to put the Reds ahead for good should serve as a warning shot to teams that think Liverpool is in a vulnerable state right now.

While there are some humongous talents currently unavailable to Jurgen Klopp, it must be a reassuring sign that the front three that started the match, Harvey Elliott, Cody Gakpo and Luis Diaz, all found the back of the net in this one.

The fact that both Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez were allowed to be rested in this one as they focus on the League Cup Final on Sunday is a major boost.

Speaking of that Final, this kind of win should do wonders for the psyche in the dressing room. The ability to persevere through tremendous adversity has been a staple of this side all season, yet, this win with more names stepping up will give everyone a jolt.

Had Liverpool drawn or heaven forbid lost this match at home, it would have been a damper as they pivoted their focus to the Final.

Winning begets winning and a club needs all the positive mojo it can muster as they head into a Cup Final against one of their biggest rivals.

Some of the stars from today's match; Virgil Van Dijk, Alexis Mac Allister, Gakpo, Diaz and Caoimhin Kelleher will all probably play important roles at some stage in the Final on Sunday.

The most important mission was to secure three more points and build momentum. The secondary mission was to come through without further injury concerns. Check on both accounts if you're Klopp.

We all want the Reds to win every single time they step on the pitch. However, there are matches that clearly mean more.

Wednesday's match, while vitally important to the Premier League, ultimately would not have been decisive either way. Luton Town was the last hurdle before we could all eagerly turn our focus to Wembley, and the League Cup Final.

The Reds' ability to once again withstand some adversity and come through shining on the other side bodes well as we march towards Sunday's showdown with Chelsea.

While a victory over Luton Town isn't a monumental occasion, nor does it bring back the bevy of injured superstars any faster, it will embolden the players still here and will have them raring to go in a few days time.

The first trophy of the season is up for grabs and there are no more obstacles between Liverpool and the showcase Final. Time to ride this wave of good mojo as high as it will take us.

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