Liverpool’s XI that lost to Northampton Town on this day in 2010

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Liverpool are currently in the middle of their most successful period since the 1980s.

The Reds have been transformed since their inspirational manager Jurgen Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers Anfield in October 2015.

The German coach has turned Liverpool into champions of England, Europe and the world over the past couple of seasons.

But rewind the clock 10 years exactly - to September 22, 2020 - and things, well, were very different for the Merseyside outfit.

That was the night that Liverpool, then managed by Roy Hodgson, were dumped out of the League Cup in the third round at Anfield by League Two side Northampton Town on penalties.

"All I can do is congratulate Northampton and apologise to everyone; the fans came expecting to see us win and I expected us to win but it wasn't to be,” a beleaguered Hodgson told reporters after the match.

"These players have to accept responsibility. I accept responsibility for changing a lot of players in the team, I did it because I honestly thought the players I put on the field were good enough to win the game and they weren’t.”

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Indeed, the XI that Hodgson deployed on that ill-fated evening shows just how far Liverpool have come in the past 10 years…

Brad Jones

The Australian goalkeeper made a total of 27 appearances for Liverpool between 2010-2015 before joining Bradford City.

Jones, now 38, currently plies his trade with Al Nassr FC in Saudi Arabia and has added two trophies to his collection over the past two years.

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Martin Kelly

The only Liverpool player in this team still playing in the Premier League, Kelly moved to Crystal Palace in 2014.

Two years after the Northampton defeat, the defender also earned his one and only cap for England in a friendly against Norway.

Sotirios Kyrgiakos

The Greek centre-back was Liverpool’s captain on the night, which say a lot.

Kyrgiakos left Anfield for Wolfsburg in 2011 before ending his career with Sydney Olympic in 2014.

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Daniel Agger

A decent player for the Reds, Agger played 232 games, scoring 14 goals, between 2006-2014.

The former Denmark international retired in 2016 following a two-year stint back at Brondby.

Danny Wilson

Signed from Rangers in 2010 in a deal worth an initial £2 million, Wilson failed to make the grade at Anfield.

The former Scotland international currently plays for Major League Soccer side Colorado Rapids.

Lucas Leiva

A Liverpool cult hero, Lucas left for Lazio in 2017 with the best wishes of everyone at Anfield.

The Brazilian midfielder has won three trophies since moving to Italy: two Supercoppa Italiana titles and the Coppa Italia.

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Jay Spearing

This might come as a surprise: Spearing played a total over 55 times for Liverpool.

The diminutive midfielder moved to Bolton in 2013 before signing for Blackpool four years later.

Earlier this year, the 31-year-old agreed a deal with League Two side Tranmere Rovers.

Ryan Babel

Babel looked class when he first broke through with Ajax and the Netherlands but failed to justify the hype at Anfield after completing a transfer worth £11.5 million.

That said, the Dutchman still managed to score 22 goals in 146 games for the Reds, which isn’t too shabby.

Babel has played for a host of clubs in recent years - including Fulham and Besiktas - but is currently on the books of Turkish giants Galatasaray.

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David Ngog

Fair play to Ngog. Despite the fact he wasn’t clearly good enough for Liverpool, he still managed to bag 19 goals for the club.

The former France Under-21 international announced his retirement earlier this year, at the age of 31, following a spell with FK Zalgiris in Lithuania.

Milan Jovanovic

The 2010-11 campaign was Jovanovic’s one and only season at Liverpool. The Serbian forward scored just two goals in 18 games.

Released by Anderlecht in 2013, he was never seen in football again.

He was famously described as ‘one of the greatest soccer player in the world’ in an episode of Neighbours.

Dani Pacheco

Pacheco failed to score a single goal in 17 games for Liverpool and has continued to struggle to find the net since leaving Anfield in 2018.

The Spaniard, now 29, currently plays for Malaga.

These were the two teams in full...

How times have changed.

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