EPL: Why are Liverpool playing Luton Town on Wednesday night?


Liverpool will look to consolidate their position at the top of the Premier League when they host Luton Town at Anfield on Wednesday.

Jurgen Klopp’s side put in an impressive performance to sweep Brentford 4-1 last weekend, although Manchester City could reduce their lead at the summit to a single point if they beat the same opponents at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.

Liverpool aren’t back in European action until the UEFA Europa League round of 16 later this month, although Wednesday is a UEFA Champions League game night – one the Reds hope to be a part of this time next season, with qualification looking very likely at this stage . of 2023/24.

So why are Klopp’s men in action at a time when the continent’s premier competition is also underway? Sporting News explains the rationale behind this week’s plan, with the Carabao Cup final looming on the horizon during a busy period for the Merseysiders.

Why are Liverpool playing Luton Town on Wednesday night?

Liverpool were due to host Luton this coming weekend on February 24th.

However, their progress to the Carabao Cup final at Wembley, where they will face Chelsea on February 25, means the game had to be moved.

Practically, the free midweek slot meant minimal disruption to the schedule. City’s game against Brentford on Tuesday 20 February sees their fixture rearranged due to FIFA Club World Cup commitments in December.

However, Liverpool playing a day later means Pep Guardiola’s side will play their game at Bournemouth this weekend as Klopp’s side prepare for Wembley.

UEFA prefers exclusivity during its matchweeks, meaning the Premier League had to apply for approval to host Liverpool vs. Luton at the same time as Champions League matches.

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