There was good news and bad news for struggling English club Luton. The bad news was that Liverpool ended the Hatters' English FA Cup dream with
a 5-0 demolition of the third division club on Tuesday. The good news, announced shortly before kickoff, was that a deal was concluded to save Luton, which has been in bankruptcy and unable to pay
its players and staff.
Liverpool made up for a disappointing show in its English FA Cup third-round game at Luton Town 10 days ago with a 5-0 win in Tuesday's replay at Anfield.
The Reds looked to be in trouble before Dutchman Ryan Babel
's goal a minute before halftime. Steven Gerrard
win with a hat trick in the second half.
Since the first game, Luton manager Kevin Blackwell
quit -- he wasn't told of the transfer of Chris Coyne
to Colchester and David Edwards
to Wolves for a combined $2 million -- and the club gained new owners.
Shortly before the replay, it was confirmed that a consortium, led by BBC television host Nick Owen
, would invest $20 million in the bankrupt club.
In other replays, Robbie Keane
's goal gave Tottenham a 1-0 replay win at Premier League rival Reading.
Fourth division Bury upset second division
Norwich City, 2-1, while Millwall edged third division rivals Walsall, 2-1.
Three other replays were postponed because of bad weather.