Liverpool are looking to apply more pressure to the Premier League frontrunners and strengthen their bid for a Champions League place when they face Luton this weekend.
A lacklustre Luton side go into this game at Kenilworth Road amassing just five points from their first ever 10 premier league fixtures.
On the other hand, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool outfit are coming off the back of a 2-1 win over Bournemouth that saw them progress into the eight of the EFL Cup.
Ones to watch
Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez is in red-hot form and has scored three times in three outings, despite only starting in one of the fixtures. His wonder-goal against Bournemouth proved decisive in the cup.
In the most chaotic Darwin Nunez fashion, the Uruguayan was jeered by the home support for a poor touch that took him wide. In response, he chopped inside with ease past Welsh-international Chris Mepham and curled his shot into the far-right hand corner of the goal, securing progression for Liverpool.
Despite their recent woes, veteran Everton and Premier League stars Ross Barkley and Andros Townsend will have a personal vendetta against their ex-Merseyside rivals.
Liverpool-born Barkley featured 150 times scoring on 21 occasions for the Toffees before his £15 million move to Chelsea. But Townsend’s time in the north-west was less productive, featuring just 21 times and scoring three.
Danger signs for Liverpool
The main stumbling block that Jurgen Klopp and his side must cross is Luton’s stadium, Kenilworth Road. The throwback-style stadium screams 90s tough-tackling football.
Liverpool fans will go into the stadium through the Oak Stand, famously the entrance is under a row of terraced houses.
The ground has just been through a £10-million refurbishment in a bid to bring it up to Premier League standards. Luton fans will undoubtedly be up for the occasion and alongside the stands that closely border the pitch it could make for a ferocious atmosphere.
The oak stand. Entrance to Luton Town’s ground. pic.twitter.com/cqooRR6F70
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Without a single meeting since 2008, two years before FSG’s storied takeover of Liverpool, there isn’t much evidence to go off.
In the 2008 FA Cup meeting, Steven Gerrard scored a hat-trick in a 5-0 thumping. Despite popular assumption, Liverpool’s record at Kenilworth Road is rather underwhelming.
They’ve met 20 times there and Liverpool have won eight, drawn five and lost seven. In these fixtures, only a single goal separated the sides as Liverpool have scored 27 and Luton 26.
Where to watch
The fixture is Sunday’s late kick-off, and the game will kick-off at 4.30pm and will be shown on Sky Sports.
Referee Andy Madley will be supported by Craig Pawson on VAR duty.