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  • Writer's pictureAlex Oakhill

Player Ratings: Luton Town 1-1 Liverpool

Luton Town were cruelly denied a famous victory against a sub par Liverpool side, as a 95th minute header from Luis Diaz rescued a point for Jurgen Klopp's men. The Hatters executed their game plan to perfection, sitting in and limiting Liverpool to half chances for the majority of the game, before Tahith Chong finished off a scintilating break in the 80th minute, to send Kenilworth Road beserk. However, it wasn't to be for Rob Edwards' side, as five minutes into injury time, Luis Diaz got the better of Issa Kabore at the back post and planted a header past Kaminski.


It was a superb all round performance from Luton, one that shows they can really mix it with the big boys in this division. Every single Hatters fan would've taken a point at the start of the game, but the disappointment still lingers after being so close to all three. The Town rode their luck at times, Kaminski making some top class stops as well as Darwin Nunez wasting some glorious chances, but were a threat on the break all night. This point, and more importantly the performance, should breed confidence for weeks to come, with the belief that the Hatters can compete with anyone in the Premier League.






Player Ratings


Thomas Kaminski - 9.5


He has been improving and impressing week on week, but this was the best we've seen of Thomas Kaminski in a Luton Town shirt. He made save after save, denying Jota, Gravenberch and on multiple occasions thwarting Darwin Nunez. The Belgian looked comfortable with the ball at his feet, and dealt well with any deliveries into the Luton area. Very encouraging signs.


Issa Kabore - 8


Superb display from the Manchester City loanee, dealing well with the threat of Jota as well as providing a very real attacking outlet for the Town. Played a major part in the goal, latching onto Barkley's pass down the right hand side before delivering an inch perfect cross for Chong to divert home. Looked bitterly disappointed to have been beaten by Diaz at the back post in the final minutes, but should certainly not be ashamed by his performance.



Teden Mengi - 8


Dominating performance from the big centre back, winning everything in the air whilst remaining calm and composed on the ball. Looks far more comfortable in a back 3, and if he builds on this performance the likes of Andersen and Bell may struggle to find a way back into the side.



Tom Lockyer - 7.5


Exactly what you expect from the captain. Ferocious in the air and marshalled the defence expertly. Faced the unorthodox challenge of an erratic Darwin Nunez, and the Welshman did allow the striker to get a couple of chances, but luckily it was nothing that hurt the Hatters.


Gabe Osho - 9


Wow. This was Osho's first 90 minutes since the play off final, but you would've thought he had been playing in the Premier League for his entire life. To pocket one of the world's best attackers in your second game back from injury is ridiculous, but that's what Osho did to Salah, who barely had a sniff.


Alfie Doughty - 7.5


After an unsettled start to the season, Doughty has made the left wing back position his own. Excellent once again on Sunday, proving he has the defensive side to his game as well as the attacking abilities every Luton fan knows and loves.


Marvellous Nakamba - 7


Liverpool's midfield 3 cost a combined 150 million euros in the summer, but Nakamba was as good as ever in the centre of the park. He swept up as he always does, and kept the ball moving when he needed to. You can rely on the midfielder to put a performance in every single week, no matter the opposition.



Ross Barkley - 9


It's been coming for a couple of games now, but Ross Barkley has arrived at Luton Town. Against a team of world class superstars, Barkley was the best player on the pitch. So composed and confident on the ball, especially in tight spaces, and not afraid to do the dirty work going backwards either. Capped off a wonderful display by playing a major part in the goal, wriggling past two players on the edge of the Luton box and carrying the ball 30 yards, before releasing a beautifully weighted pass to Issa Kabore.


Andros Townsend - 6


First start for the Town, and the veteran provided experience and endless running as the Hatters shut down Liverpool attacks in the first period. Limited chances to show his ability on the ball but did his job before being taken off in the second half.


Carlton Morris - 7


May not face a stronger centre back pairing all season, as both Konate and Van Dijk are absolute giants. Morris didn't give them a moments rest however, winning headers against the defenders and linking play very well. Almost got himself on the scoresheet, but for a great save from Alisson.


Chiedozie Ogbene - 8.5


Luton seem to update their best free signing ever yearly, and Ogbene is the latest to take the crown. However good Trent Alexander Arnold was going forward for the Reds, he was absolutely petrified every time Ogbene ran at him. Almost an assist for the Irishman as well after a dazzling run.



Tahith Chong - 8


First Luton goal for the winger, and what a stage to get it, finishing off a sweeping counter attack to blow the roof off Kenilworth Road. Showed some nice touches late on as Luton looked to see out the game.


Jacob Brown and Elijah Adebayo - 6


Not much for either to do as it was very much backs against the wall by the time they entered the fray.




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