|How will Luton Town fare when they host high-flying Liverpool at Kenilworth Road on Sunday? (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
Liverpool will move up to third on the log if they beat Luton at Kenilworth Road on Sunday, and that’s enough motivation for them to see the new boys.
Luis Dias is back in contention after family issues forced him out last weekend, and Cody Gakpo isn’t only back in the team; he’s also scoring goals, with his latest coming in the 2-1 win over Bournemouth in the League Cup on Wednesday.
Luton is a community club, one that thrives on family values and togetherness, all of which will be tested on Sunday when they host Liverpool. On paper and by pedigree, it’s a David and Goliath affair, but football has taught us too many lessons in the past.
Liverpool is the favourite here, but Luton can dream. They have won just once in the league this season and are rock-bottom alongside Burnley; they could end the day mopping the league table if they concede up to three goals.
It’s a game of contrasting fortunes, to be honest. Liverpool has won four of their last five, while Luton has won only one of their last five. The Hatters have reasons to be worried about this fixture, and customarily, they can file this under the “free hit” carpet.
You need to be brave on days like this; if you want to stay in the league, you have to make your home your fortress and frustrate the opposition regardless of their class and status. Nottingham Forest earned points against the big boys last season, and that helped their cause.
Liverpool will see this as an opportunity to improve their goal difference. They will go hard at the hosts, with their front three likely to be Mohammed Salah, Darwin Nunes, and Diogo Jota. Gakpo is expected to help the midfield of Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboslai.
Liverpool does have a game in midweek in the Europa League, and that will also be on the mind of Jurgen Klopp, but keeping up with the leaders on the table is another priceless feat they want to attain. Expect the Kops to run riot.
How will Luton line up? They have to defend deep and take their chances when they do. Liverpool has an advantage over Luton in every department, but with grit and strokes of luck, the home side could celebrate a famous point.