Where are they now? Liverpool’s XI beaten by Northampton in 2010

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One of Liverpool‘s most dismal defeats of recent years came in 2010 as the Reds were knocked out of the League Cup by fourth-tier Northampton Town at Anfield.

Managed by Roy Hodgson, Liverpool needed an extra-time equaliser to draw 2-2 with the Cobblers, only to lose 4-2 on penalties.

And we’ve revisited the team from that night, featuring an Illuminati conspiracy theorist, a striker who reportedly went missing, and the flop dubbed  “one of the greatest [footballers] in the world” by Neighbours.

Brad Jones

After his famously lacklustre spell in English football, which ended as he completed less than three months of a year-long contract with Bradford City, Jones moved to Holland in January 2016.

A stint at NEC followed before he joined Feyenoord, where he made 32 league appearances, keeping 17 clean sheets as the club won their first Eredivisie title since 1999.

Martin Kelly

Having come through the ranks at Liverpool, Kelly actually went on to make 23 appearances in the 2010-11 season including 11 in the Premier League.

He is now in his fourth year at Crystal Palace, and has earned the impressive record of the shortest ever England career, making it onto the pitch for two minutes of a friendly against Norway in 2012.

Sotirios Kyrgiakos

The Greek giant was in the midst of a largely unsuccessful two years with Liverpool, and had the dubious honour of captaining the side on the night.

Leaving Anfield in 2011, he went on to have further miserable times at Wolfsburg and Sunderland before last surfacing at Sydney Olympic in Australia in 2014.

Daniel Agger

After 232 appearances for Liverpool, and a further two seasons back at first club Brondby, Agger retired from football in 2016.

He promptly upped sticks and moved to Marbella, where he focuses on various businesses such as a sewer company and a tattoo sharing website. Don’t ask. Just don’t.

Danny Wilson

Signed in the summer of 2010 from Rangers, this was the 18-year-old’s debut for Liverpool, and there were high hopes for Wilson on Merseyside.

After a measly nine appearances in three years, the left-footed defender returned to Scotland with Hearts, and is now back at his boyhood club.

Lucas Leiva

After 346 appearances for the club, where he became a cult hero, Lucas finally ended his 10-year stint at Liverpool this summer by moving to Lazio.

The Brazilian recently scored his first goal for the Italians with a backheel in a Europa League match. God we love him.

Jay Spearing

Incredibly now 29 years old, Spearing currently plays for League One side Blackpool, having played 149 times for Bolton.

Daniel Pacheco (Tom Ince, 105)

The diminutive winger had a lot of promise when he arrived from Barcelona’s youth ranks, but went on to make just 17 appearances for the Reds.

In the last three seasons he has helped three different clubs to promotion from the Spanish second division, and now hopes for another shot at La Liga having joined Getafe on a permanent transfer.

Ince, meanwhile, is now back in the Premier League with Huddersfield Town. This was hardly the dream Liverpool debut for the attacker.

Milan Jovanovic (Nathan Eccleston, 91)

After scoring 52 goals in 116 league appearances for Standard Liege, much was hoped for Jovanovic when he arrived at Anfield on a free transfer.

His ninth minute opener against Northampton would be one of just two goals for the club before he moved to Anderlecht in 2011. Released in 2013, he has not been heard of since, although he was described in Neighbours as “one of the greatest [footballers] in the world”.

Eccleston came off the bench and rattled the crossbar with his penalty, affording Northampton’s Abdul Osman the chance to win the tie with the next kick. His latest recorded activity was a stint at Hungarian club Bekescsaba 1912 Elore last year.

Now 26, Eccleston’s most memorable moment at Liverpool came when he suggested the 9/11 terrorist attacks were carried out by the Illuminati.

Ryan Babel (Jonjo Shelvey, 100)

After leaving Liverpool for Hoffenheim, Babel bought himself out of his contract in order to return to boyhood club Ajax.

A nomadic few years followed, where the Dutchman stretching his efforts as far as the United Arab Emirates, where he played for Al Ain before seemingly finding his feet at Besiktas, who he has helped reach the last 16 of the Champions League this season.

Shelvey was another youngster making his Liverpool debut that night. You know he’s at Newcastle. You still don’t know whether you think he’s alright or not.

David N’Gog

An impressively unprolific striker for Liverpool, Bolton and Swansea – he did manage to bag a late equaliser against Northampton before missing in the shootout – N’Gog returned to his native France with Reims in 2014.

Less than a month into his stint at the Ligue 1 outfit, Reims had to deny reports N’Gog had gone missing. He lasted two seasons at the club before spending last season at Panionios.


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