Courage, Hatters! The newly promoted Bedfordshire side welcome mighty Liverpool to Kenilworth Road today. Manager Rob Edwards said “these are the days that we all wanted when we were celebrating at Wembley. These are the games we want and have been looking forward to but now the week has come it’s been all about preparation and trying to find a way to win.”
“They’ve got big players, key players, technically good players everywhere, it’s a really tough game, a challenging one but like every team we come up against they have weaknesses and we have to make sure in those moments we capitalise.”
Luton have it all to do, given that they’ve already lost seven in the Premier League this season but Edwards says that every game has had some element of positives they can take.
On the 3-1 defeat to Villa, for instance, he said:
“The plan was right against Villa but we did not quite follow it correctly, there were some individual mistakes, unit mistakes we made and in the end that comes from me so it’s about us all learning and getting better.”
They’ve let in a goal in every match so far and it seems highly unlikely that they will be able to keep Liverpool out all day today, when kick off happens at 4.30pm.
He added: “We talk about errors that can be better and what we need to improve on during the week, things that need to be tweaked and changed, errors we can learn from and be better from and that’s what we are trying to do.
“We can’t feel sorry for ourselves or be down just because we lost a game of football, no-one would want that.”
He said: “It’s about being better as a defensive unit, being more aggressive at the right times when we can press.
“These are a different animal with world-class individuals. When they see a pass they can execute it, or find those spaces in a moment and we have to find that balance where we can turn the heat on but make sure we are in the game as well.”
Neutrals, surely, will be hoping that they can give Liverpool a game. The visitors are fourth but can go second with a win here, albeit Spurs (currently second) play tomorrow night. Should be a fun afternoon and no doubt a good atmosphere at the tight, throwback stadium.