Rob Edwards: Luton Town ‘have not taken the points deductions into consideration’ ahead of Anfield outing

As Luton Town prepare for another tough Premier League test on Wednesday, Rob Edwards addressed the media from The Brache. The Hatters will venture to Liverpool for a 19:30 GMT kickoff, having been slenderly defeated by Manchester United on Sunday.

Cauley Woodrow featured in that match, having been called into the starting lineup at short notice after Elijah Adebayo suffered a hamstring injury during the team warmups. Rob Edwards confirmed that Adebayo will not be available on Wednesday, while Woodrow is ‘ready to go again if selected. I was really pleased with his performance the other day. It was a big game, a big moment for him and I thought he dealt with that coming in late really well and played well as well.’

Sunday’s defeat saw the Hatters return to the relegation zone, sitting just inside the bottom three due to their inferior goal difference. Edwards took the opportunity to insist that ‘as far as I was concerned we were in the bottom three anyway because I’ve not taken the [Everton] points deductions into consideration. That hasn’t changed for us at all. Tomorrow is an opportunity to get some points – and the lads believe it as well.’

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Luton Town will take confidence from having held Liverpool to a 1-1 draw at Kenilworth Road in the reverse fixture, but Edwards insists that ‘Anfield is really special. I think we’re going about things in a different way as well since that game. We can definitely take confidence from it, but it will be different tomorrow night.’

Edwards admitted that he admires Klopp, telling reporters on Tuesday that ‘he’s one of my favourites’ and that he ‘just loves how his teams play.’

‘They’re always on the front foot,’ explained Edwards. ‘They want to win, they want to defend high and aggressively. Everything about what he’s done for God knows how many years is obviously very impressive.’

‘Jürgen and his staff trust their players and he’s not afraid to put young players in or change things up if they need to because they just do what they do and play their way. He trusts them. Whatever team they put out tomorrow will be very good, no doubt about that.’