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What happened the last time Liverpool faced Luton Town?

The two clubs have not met in official competition since 2008.

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Luton Town are newcomers in the Premier League this season after winning the Championship promotion play-offs against Coventry City last term.

The Hatters are certainly not here to sightsee in their debut campaign in England’s topflight.

A 2-1 win against Everton and 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest suggests that they are capable of mixing with other Premier League sides, and they are currently only one point from climbing out of the relegation zone.

It will be Liverpool’s first Premier League meeting with Luton Town, but what happened the last time the Reds faced the Hatters?

Well firstly, it was all the way back in January 2008 for an FA Cup third-round replay at Anfield with an attendance of 41,446.

Rafael Benítez’ starting XI boasted the likes of Steven Gerrard, Xabi Alonso, Fernando Torres, and Peter Crouch.

The Reds had drawn 1-1 away to Luton previously and were determined not to have a repeat of the previous result.

Their frustration was channeled correctly however, as Ryan Babel’s powerful finish broke the deadlock in first-half injury time.

Skipper Steven Gerrard added a second with a close-range header after 51 minutes.

A newspaper report from 2008 detailing the FA Cup tie.

Sami Hyypia turned in Gerrard’s corner six minutes later before the captain slid in his second from 14 yards.

Gerrard’s third came via a swerving shot to seal an emphatic 5-0 victory on the night, and the skipper was duly awarded the Man of the Match award.

However, the FA Cup success would be short-lived for the Reds in the 2007/08 FA Cup.

Liverpool crashed out to Barnsley in the FA Cup fifth round and lost 2–1 at Anfield.

While many things have changed since then for both clubs, Sunday’s clash at Kenilworth Road will no doubt be another entertaining spectacle for all involved.

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