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Penalty scored by Abdul Osman. Liverpool 2-4 Northampton on penalties.
Penalty missed by Nathan Eccleston.
Penalty scored by Michael Jacobs. Liverpool 2-3 Northampton on penalties.
Daniel Agger scores a penalty. Liverpool 2-2 Northampton on penalties.
Liam Davis scores a penalty. Liverpool 1-2 Northampton on penalties.
Jonjo Shelvey scores a penalty. Liverpool 1-1 Northampton on penalties.
Kevin Thornton scores a penalty. Liverpool 0-1 Northampton on penalties.
Penalty missed by David Ngog.
Spot kick missed by Steve Guinan.
The players are ready for the drama of the penalty shoot-out.
The match goes to a penalty shoot-out.
The ball is delivered by Daniel Agger.
Sotirios Kyrgiakos fouled by Ben Tozer, the ref awards a free kick. Centre by Jonjo Shelvey, Sotirios Kyrgiakos takes a shot. Liam Davis makes a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Jonjo Shelvey from the right by-line, clearance by Ryan Gilligan.
The referee blows for offside. Chris Dunn takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Jonjo Shelvey from the left by-line played to the near post, David Ngog finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Liverpool 2-2 Northampton.The assist for the goal came from Sotirios Kyrgiakos.
Jonjo Shelvey takes a inswinging corner to the near post.
Shot from just outside the box by Jay Spearing goes over the bar.
Shot from just outside the area by Martin Kelly misses to the right of the target.
Leiva Lucas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nathaniel Wedderburn. Ben Tozer takes the free kick.
Shot from just outside the penalty box by Leiva Lucas misses to the left of the target.
Foul by Sotirios Kyrgiakos on Nathaniel Wedderburn, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ben Tozer.
The ball is crossed by Nathan Eccleston.
The ball is sent over by Jonjo Shelvey, Ryan Gilligan manages to make a clearance.
Jonjo Shelvey takes a short corner.
The game restarts for the second half of extra time.
Thomas Ince on for Daniel Pacheco.
Jonjo Shelvey sends in a cross, Headed effort from close range by Sotirios Kyrgiakos goes wide left of the goal.
Unfair challenge on Sotirios Kyrgiakos by Steve Guinan results in a free kick. Sotirios Kyrgiakos takes the free kick.
Jonjo Shelvey joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ryan Babel.
Michael Jacobs finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top right corner of the goal. Liverpool 1-2 Northampton.Assist by Courtney Herbert.
Nathan Eccleston produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.
The ball is crossed by Nathan Eccleston, Liam Davis manages to make a clearance.
Nathan Eccleston replaces Milan Jovanovic.
Normal time is of over and the game goes into extra time.
Daniel Pacheco produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.
Jay Spearing sends in a cross.
Corner taken by Daniel Pacheco from the left by-line, Chris Dunn makes a save.
Danny Wilson sends in a cross, Courtney Herbert gets a block in.
Unfair challenge on Liam Davis by Martin Kelly results in a free kick. Nathaniel Wedderburn is brought on as a substitute for John Johnson. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Kevin Thornton, Martin Kelly manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Daniel Pacheco, Ryan Gilligan makes a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Daniel Pacheco, Kevin Thornton makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Daniel Pacheco, Ben Tozer manages to make a clearance.
Kevin Thornton takes the inswinging corner, save by Brad Jones.
Centre by Courtney Herbert, Daniel Agger makes a clearance.
Steve Guinan comes on in place of Billy Mckay.
Corner taken by Daniel Pacheco played to the near post, clearance made by Billy Mckay.
Foul by Liam Davis on Ryan Babel, free kick awarded. Liam Davis shown a yellow card. Free kick crossed right-footed by Daniel Pacheco, Andrew Holt manages to make a clearance.
Paul Rodgers goes off and Courtney Herbert comes on.
Effort from outside the area by Michael Jacobs goes wide right of the goal.
Daniel Pacheco produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
Kevin Thornton produces a cross, clearance made by Daniel Agger.
Corner taken short by Michael Jacobs.
Leiva Lucas fouled by Abdul Osman, the ref awards a free kick. Milan Jovanovic restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by David Ngog.
Ryan Babel fouled by Andrew Holt, the ref awards a free kick. Sotirios Kyrgiakos takes the direct free kick.
The ball is delivered by Michael Jacobs, clearance by Daniel Agger.
The ball is crossed by Ryan Gilligan, clearance by Sotirios Kyrgiakos.
Long range shot by Ryan Gilligan goes wide right of the net.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Rodgers on Milan Jovanovic. Paul Rodgers goes into the book. Daniel Agger restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Michael Jacobs from the left by-line to the near post, Milan Jovanovic makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken by Kevin Thornton from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Sotirios Kyrgiakos.
Short corner taken by Kevin Thornton from the left by-line.
The referee gives a free kick against Jay Spearing for handball. Kevin Thornton receives a caution for dissent. Kevin Thornton shoots direct from the free kick.
Danny Wilson challenges Paul Rodgers unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kevin Thornton takes the free kick.
Martin Kelly has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
Billy Mckay grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box high into the middle of the goal. Liverpool 1-1 Northampton.Assist by Kevin Thornton.
Inswinging corner taken by Kevin Thornton from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Daniel Pacheco.
Andrew Holt handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Shot comes in from Daniel Pacheco from the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Ryan Babel, clearance by Ben Tozer.
The ball is delivered by Martin Kelly, clearance by Ben Tozer.
The referee gets the second half underway.
The referee calls an end to the first half.
David Ngog challenges Abdul Osman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Liam Davis crosses the ball in from the free kick, Sotirios Kyrgiakos makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Milan Jovanovic on Paul Rodgers. Ryan Gilligan restarts play with the free kick.
David Ngog delivers the ball, clearance by Ben Tozer.
Foul by Billy Mckay on Sotirios Kyrgiakos, free kick awarded. Martin Kelly takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jay Spearing on Liam Davis. Chris Dunn restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Pacheco on Liam Davis. Andrew Holt takes the direct free kick.
Ryan Babel is caught offside. Free kick taken by Chris Dunn.
Effort from the edge of the box by Ryan Gilligan goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Danny Wilson challenges Paul Rodgers unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Kevin Thornton, Danny Wilson makes a clearance.
Shot from long distance by Michael Jacobs misses to the right of the goal.
Michael Jacobs has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.
Shot from outside the area by Kevin Thornton misses to the left of the target.
Leiva Lucas takes a shot. Chris Dunn makes a save.
John Johnson sends in a cross, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Michael Jacobs goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
David Ngog gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Johnson. Chris Dunn takes the direct free kick.
A cross is delivered by David Ngog, John Johnson manages to make a clearance.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Ryan Babel. Chris Dunn restarts play with the free kick.
Leiva Lucas has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.
John Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Pacheco. Free kick crossed right-footed by Daniel Pacheco, clearance by Ryan Gilligan.
Milan Jovanovic fouled by Ryan Gilligan, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Wilson takes the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Milan Jovanovic, Liam Davis makes a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Liam Davis, save by Brad Jones.
Corner taken by Kevin Thornton played to the near post, clearance by Martin Kelly.
Kevin Thornton takes a shot. Save made by Brad Jones.
Milan Jovanovic grabs a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Liverpool 1-0 Northampton.Assist by Daniel Agger.
Michael Jacobs fouled by Martin Kelly, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Gilligan takes the free kick.
Jay Spearing is penalised for a handball. Direct free kick taken by Liam Davis.
The ball is swung over by David Ngog, clearance made by Andrew Holt.
Paul Rodgers gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Wilson. Danny Wilson takes the free kick.
The referee gets the game started.
Goalkeeper Brad Jones could make his Liverpool debut against Northampton in the third round of the Carling Cup at Anfield.
The Australia international has sat on the bench for four matches since his late-August move from Middlesbrough to become Jose Reina's deputy but he is set to be given an outing against the League Two side.
Manager Roy Hodgson will make numerous changes with many of his first team stars rested, giving fringe and reserve team players - some of whom featured in the Europa League victory against Steaua Bucharest last week - another chance.
Hodgson has every faith his second-string players will step up to the mark after being handed the responsibility of getting past the Cobblers.
But despite the rotation, which has already been effectively used in the Europa League, the manager insists he is taking the competition seriously.
"It's a strange game for us in a sense," he said. "It's one where we definitely need to rotate the squad having played so many games and having to play so many more before the international break.
"But on the other hand it's a competition I take very seriously and I want to have a good run in the competition. We are bothered.
"There's a responsibility on those who replace the big-name players like Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres, Pepe Reina and Jamie Carragher to name but four.
"And to be fair they've shown themselves capable of taking on that burden in a couple of European matches already.
"As we saw in the last game against Steaua Bucharest, Jay Spearing was arguably one of the best players on the field. If you never give him a chance, how do you know that?"
Northampton boss Ian Sampson is likely to hand centre-back Ben Tozer his debut against Liverpool in the Carling Cup following his arrival from Newcastle on loan.
The 20-year-old should start with Dean Beckwith sidelined due to a thigh strain suffered before the Shrewsbury defeat, while Abdul Osman had to be replaced during the second half with a knee problem.
Tadhg Purcell will be out for most of the season following an operation on his cruciate knee injury while Craig Hinton also remains sidelined with a knee problem.
Midfielder Ryan Gilligan still requires surgery on an ankle problem and despite having been playing through the pain barrier, may be rested with Michael Jacobs a possible replacement.
Marcus Hall will also miss out again with a hamstring injury.
Cobblers stun Reds on memorable night at Anfield
Liverpool blew one of their best chances of winning a trophy this season after suffering an embarrassing 4-2 penalty shootout Carling Cup defeat against npower League Two side Northampton at Anfield.
Having taken a ninth-minute lead through Milan Jovanovic, his first goal since joining the club from Standard Liege in the summer, the hosts should have wrapped up the third-round tie.
But Billy McKay and Michael Jacobs turned things around, and although David Ngog snatched a late equaliser to make it 2-2 on the night, the Cobblers went through on spot-kicks to book their place in the fourth round for the first time since 1966/67.
For the first time in five years Liverpool have not got past the third round, denying them a chance in a competition they were thinking about winning.
Those chances were increased by the exits of the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham but an under-strength team failed to deliver.
It would have not been so bad had the Cobblers come to Anfield and given a particularly stirring performance but they were only really energised by McKay's goal, growing in confidence as their opponents' gradually receded.
Worringly for manager Roy Hodgson, Northampton goalkeeper Chris Dunn was hardly tested.
The Liverpool boss, as he has done in the Europa League, handed the responsibility to a number of fringe players after opting to rest all those who started in the defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.
If he was looking for a reward he did not get one as the team laboured in failing to dispatch opponents 69 league places below them.
The signs were there before the start as the Cobblers had already beaten higher-placed opposition in League One Brighton and Championship side Reading.
Their league form, however, was worse than Liverpool's with only one win in their last eight games and that was indicative of the way they started as the home side dominated.
Prior to the match there had been much fuss about nothing when centre-back Daniel Agger had felt the need to publicly clarify comments he made on Sunday, which were misrepresented as him saying he would not play Hodgson's long-ball game.
Not that he needed to prove a point but he did with a perfectly-judged defence-splitting pass through the inside-left channel which Serbia international Jovanovic collected and fired past Chris Dunn and into the far corner of the net.
Despite dominating possession, Liverpool's rearranged defence gave their opponents too much time on the edge of the penalty area.
Twice Jacobs was allowed to turn and shoot but on both occasions he failed to hit the target, although his curling effort from the left angle of the box briefly had debutant Brad Jones worried as it arced towards the far corner.
Ryan Gilligan also blazed wide from 12 yards after Wilson failed to clear a free-kick.
The second half began similarly until McKay struck in the 56th minute. Kevin Thornton out-jumped Sotirios Kyrgiakos to head Liam Davis' hanging cross into the path of the striker and he blasted home from close range.
In an instant the match appeared to turn on its head as Northampton then became the team in the ascendancy as Liverpool toiled.
Only in the last five minutes of normal time did they push for the winner but the visitors' defence held out to force extra-time.
There was a feeling an upset was on the cards and a second Northampton goal duly came in the 98th minute.
Wilson, a central defender playing at left-back, was too easily beaten by substitute Courtney Herbert.
Jones parried the cross, Martin Kelly stopped Thornton's half-hit shot, but Liverpool could do nothing about Jacobs' follow-up.
Kyrgiakos headed wide and Kelly fired into the side-netting before Ngog hauled Liverpool level with a headed goal from substitute Jonjo Shelvey's corner.
Even then both sides could have snatched a win at the death but Kelly cleared off the line from Nathaniel Wedderburn's shot and Davis deflected over a header from Kyrgiakos.
Northampton's Steve Guinan and Liverpool's Ngog missed the first spot-kicks but when 19-year-old substitute Nathan Eccleston hit the crossbar with Liverpool's fourth effort Abdul Osman stepped up to send the Cobblers into the last 16.
The result will only increase the scrutiny on Hodgson, whose side have had a disappointing start to the Barclays Premier League and are currently 16th.
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