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The terrible Liverpool XI named by Roy Hodgson in infamous 2010 Northampton loss

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There have been bad decisions in football and then there's Liverpool appointing Roy Hodgson as manager.

Ok, that's maybe a little harsh for somebody who had just taken Fulham to the Europa League final but hindsight doesn't shine kindly on the Englishman's tenure at Anfield. His 31 game reign on Merseyside was typified by crippling inconsistency, failure to improve and truly bizarre signings.

While you could probably pinpoint a great number of low points in the doomed 2010-11 campaign, the League Cup defeat to Northampton Town was certainly the nadir.

Considering Anfield is something of a bastille in English football, it was a massive shock that the Reds were downed by a League Two outfit.

The distinctly forgettable Milan Jovanovic looked to have set up a routine victory for Liverpool, only for Billy McKay to equalise for the Cobblers and Michael Jacobs to give them an extra-time lead.

David N'Gog's header only delayed the humiliation by taking the affair to penalties with the visitors eventually winning 4-2 on spot kicks. 

To say Liverpool's starting XI on that terrible night at Anfield was poor would be putting things mildly, check out the line-up and where the damned team resides now:

GK - Brad Jones

Something of a cult hero at Liverpool and with good reason. The Australian accumulated 25 appearances for the Reds without ever truly impressing and now resides with Feyenoord after unsuccessful spells with Bradford City and NEC.

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RB - Martin Kelly

With 72 appearances in the famous red jersey, Kelly was certainly given his fair share of chances at Liverpool but was justly moved on in 2014. Doing well for himself at Crystal Palace now and approaching a century of outings.

CB - Sotirios Kyrgiakos (C)

You know you're having a nightmare when Kyrgiakos is your captain. Liverpool fans were delighted to see him leave in 2011 with the Greek eventually retiring three years later after spells with Wolfsburg, Sunderland and Sydney Olympic.

Liverpool v Valencia - Pre Season Friendly

CB - Daniel Agger

Rather surprisingly, a good shout from Hodgson in deploying a fan's favourite who nearly spent a decade on Merseyside. Returned to boyhood club Brondby in 2014 before hanging up his boots two years later.

RB - Danny Wilson

One of only nine appearances Wilson ever made for Liverpool and it certainly wasn't a result to have on your CV. The Scot left the club in 2013 but has somewhat resurrected his career with Rangers after nothing spells with Blackpool, Bristol City and Hearts.

West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool - Premier League

RM - Milan Jovanovic 


Hodgson had some nightmares when it came to signings in the summer of 2010 and Jovanovic was the personification of his misjudgments. One catastrophic season at Liverpool was enough as he closed out his career with Anderlecht.

CM - Lucas Leiva

One of the most underrated players in recent Premier League history and a true servant to the club across 11 years and 346 outings. Eventually moved on by Jurgen Klopp and currently performing well with Lazio.

Liverpool v Sunderland - Premier League

CM - Jay Spearing

Something of a staple under the reigns of Hodgson and Kenny Dalglish but the arrival of Brendan Rodgers saw his Liverpool career fly off the rails. The Englishman ticked over at Bolton Wanderers for four years before moving to League One Blackpool.

LM - Daniel Pacheco

Few careers have nosedived as significantly as Pacheco in this starting XI, despite having two chances to impress at Liverpool. Currently swapping his way through Spanish clubs for a living with Getafe proving his current suitors.

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ST - Ryan Babel

Was never a disaster at Liverpool but let's be honest, he wasn't exactly great. The Dutchman currently resides with Champions League Besiktas in a nice resurgence after time in Germany and Saudi Arabia.

ST - David N'Gog

Liverpool's 'saviour' on the night had his best season under Hodgson, before Dalglish shepherded him out the Anfield exit just months later. He hasn't scored more than 10 goals in a year across a journeymen's career that now sees him reside with Ross County.

Liverpool v Arsenal - Premier League

Substitutes: Martin Hansen, Jonjo Shelvey, Nathan Eccleston, Tom Ince, David Amoo, Andre Wisdom, Jack Robinson.

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