5 Times Liverpool Have Been 'Giantkilled' This Century


Liverpool go to AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup tonight, and whilst all the talk might be of the time The Crazy Gang beat the Reds in the Wembley final of 1988, the fact most of the players on show at Kingsmeadow probably weren’t even born then means it makes more sense to look at more recent events.

And recently, Liverpool have developed a trend of losing to lower league sides.

Here are five examples post-2000:

 

Liverpool 1 Grimsby Town 2 (after extra-time), League Cup, 09/10/2001

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Nobody beat Liverpool in either domestic cup competition in 2000/01 as the Reds won both as well as the UEFA Cup, but they fell at the first hurdle in the following season’s League Cup when lowly Grimsby knocked them out at Anfield.

After a goalless 90 minutes Gary McAllister gave the Reds the lead from the penalty spot in the first period of extra-time, only for Marlon Broomes to equalise seven minutes from time and then ex-Everton forward – and Liverpool fan – Phil Jevons to blast home a stunning winner in the 120th minute.

 

Burnley 1 Liverpool 0, FA Cup, 18/01/2005

The night of the infamous Djimi Traore own goal, and also a night which saw Reds fans express their anger at Rafael Benitez for not taking the FA Cup seriously enough.

The likes of David Raven, Zak Whitbread, John Welsh, Darren Potter and Antonio Nunez all featured (and Nunez was sent off) as Traore haplessly, but skilfully, turned Richard Chaplow’s cross into his own net.

Remarkably, Liverpool were European champions four months later.

 

Liverpool 1 Barnsley 2, FA Cup, 16/02/2008

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After earlier scares against Havant & Waterlooville and Luton Town, Benitez’s Reds were sent crashing out of the FA Cup at the fifth round stage thanks to Brian Howard’s last gasp stunner in front of the Kop.

Dirk Kuyt had given them the lead in the first half, before Stephen Foster headed an equaliser past Charles Itandje and then Howard earned his moment in the spotlight.

 

Liverpool 2 Northampton Town 2 (Northampton won 4-2 on penalties), League Cup, 22/09/2010

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Perhaps the lowest point in Roy Hodgson’s Liverpool reign – and there was plenty of competition for that title.

On a soaking wet Anfield night, Milan Jovanovic (remember him?) put Liverpool ahead early on, only for League Two’s Northampton to level through Billy McKay and then take the lead in extra-time thanks to Michael Jacobs.

David Ngog levelled to take the match to penalties, but both he and youngster Nathan Eccleston missed to hand the Cobblers a memorable victory.

 

Oldham 3 Liverpool 2, FA Cup, 27/01/2013

Brendan Rodgers’ Reds were dumped out of the FA Cup at Boundary Park as League One’s Oldham Athletic bullied them into submission.

Giant forward Matt Smith put the hosts ahead early on, and although Reds skipper Luis Suarez equalised, further goals from Smith and Reece Wabara remarkably put Oldham 3-1 up.

A Joe Allen volley reduced the arrears but Oldham held on to earn a famous victory, and plunge Rodgers’ first Liverpool season into darkness.