Football Preview: Liverpool vs. Luton Town: lineups, team news, and prediction

Liverpool will be looking to win five straight games in all competitions when they visit Kenilworth Road to play Luton Town in Sunday’s Premier League match.


In midweek EFL Cup action, the Reds destroyed Bournemouth 2-1, and the Hatters in the West Midlands became the latest victims of Aston Villa, losing 3-1.

Stretching their incredible winning home run in the Premier League to 12 matches, Villa struck through John McGinn and Moussa Diaby before Tom Lockyer put the ball past his goalkeeper. However, there was time for Emiliano Martinez to join him in the own-goals club in the 83rd minute. Few teams have gone toe-to-toe with the Lions on their own patch and lived to tell the tale, so few could criticize Luton for losing to the Europa Conference League contenders’ superiority lately.



Luton’s humiliation at Villa Park coincided with Bournemouth’s first Premier League victory of the new season, which knocked Luton below them and into the relegation zones. The Hatters start gameweek 11 in 18th place and could fall even lower if Burnley defeats Crystal Palace on Saturday.


After starting the month with three points against Everton, the newly promoted team managed to hold Nottingham Forest to a 2-2 draw at the City Ground, but their next four games would yield just one point. October was definitely a Halloween horror show for them.


More black marks on Edwards’s notebook came from home losses to Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur. If Luton can’t overcome the odds and contain Liverpool’s attack this weekend, they’ll become the first Premier League team to concede in all 11 of their league games since the 1994 Leicester City crop.


In the fourth round of the EFL Cup, despite Storm Ciaran’s destructive force hitting the Vitality Stadium and its environs, Jurgen Klopp’s team made sure that their numbered ball would be in the pot for the quarterfinal draw.


The Cherries were only on level terms for six minutes after Darwin Nunez cut inside and fired a rocket into the roof of the net, but the Reds were briefly made to pay for a moment of careless defending when Justin Kluivert headed home at the back stick to cancel out a Cody Gakpo opener.


Liverpool needs to hold onto their top-four Premier League spot before Klopp’s team can consider a December quarterfinal matchup with West Ham United. Last weekend’s emotionally charged 3-0 victory over Nottingham Forest saw Liverpool overtake Luton’s rivals Villa and reclaim their Champions League spots.


The Reds have scored at least twice in each of their last six home and away games, and only three points separate Klopp’s squad – who have won their last four games – from Tottenham Hotspur at the top. However, history is not entirely in their favor.


Indeed, Liverpool has lost both of its previous away encounters with recently promoted Premier League teams, and it hasn’t done so since January 2008.

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