The League Cup is often cited as a great opportunity for clubs to win silverware, but it can also be dangerous ground for the game's biggest clubs as the likes of Liverpool, Man United, Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea have found over the years…
LIVERPOOL LOSE TO NORTHAMPTON ON PENALTIES: SEPTEMBER 2010
This defeat - one of the most embarrassing in Liverpool's history - was the beginning of the end for new boss Roy Hodgson. The Reds were knocked out of the League Cup in 2010 by lowly League Two side Northampton, despite taking the lead with an early opener from Serbian international Milan Jovanovic. The Cobblers equalised on 56 minutes, then took the lead in extra time. Roy Hodgson's outfit looked to have saved themselves when David Ngog's header four minutes from time forced a rain-soaked penalty shoot out. Liverpool hadn't lost on penalties since being knocked out of the League Cup by Wimbledon in 1993, but Ngog missed his side's first spot kick, as did Northampton's Steve Guinan. The Reds' teenage substitute Nathan Eccleston hit the bar, leaving Abdul Osman to book the Cobblers' place in the fourth round.
Burnley'S 'KEEPER DASHES CHELSEA'S CAMPAIGN IN THE FOURTH ROUND: NOVEMBER 2008
Burnley were soon to be promoted to the Premier League and they proved their potential in the 2008 League Cup fourth round. Having recovered from a Didier Drogba goal courtesy of an Ade Akinbiyi equaliser, Burnley took the game to penalties. Their real hero, however, was goalkeeper Brian Jensen, who saved penalties from Wayne Bridge and John Obi Mikel, to leave World Cup-winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari feeling well and truly Blue.
FERGIE'S FLEDGLINGS DEFEATED BY York City: OCTOBER 1995
Alex Ferguson's decision to give some of his fringe players a run-out - including Paul Scholes, David Beckham and Phil Neville, plus Ryan Giggs - could easily have been blamed for Manchester United conceding three goals at Old Trafford in the first leg of this League Cup second round tie with York City in 1995. However, when United travelled to York for the second leg with their strongest team and put three goals on the board, York still made it through to the next round after a 3-1 defeat for the Minstermen made it 4-3 on aggregate and gave them a famous scalp.
LIVERPOOL'S POOR SHOWING AGAINST POSH: DECEMBER 1991
League champions for a record 18th time a year earlier, Liverpool would go on to win the FA Cup in the 1991/92 season under new manager Graeme Souness, but not before they had suffered League Cup defeat at the hands of Third Division Peterborough United. A Liverpool team containing the likes of European Cup winner Bruce Grobbelaar, Britain's most expensive player Dean Saunders and future double Champions League winner Steve McManaman were humbled at London Road thanks to a Gary Kimble goal after 19 minutes. Adrian Durham's still banging on about it to this day.
Notts County THRASH TOTTENHAM: SEPTEMBER 1994
Spurs started the 1994/95 season in spectacular style, with their 'famous five' attack featuring Jurgen Klinsmann, Teddy Sheringham, Darren Anderton, Nick Barmby and Ilie Dumitrescu, scoring goals galore. Trouble was, Tottenham were conceding goals galore, too. A 3-0 thrashing by struggling Notts County, who were relegated that season to the third tier and sacked three managers on the way, piled the pressure on manager Ossie Ardiles and he was sacked soon after. Here should we say, Alan Sugar told him, 'You're fired!'
MAN UNITED PUT TO SHAME BY RELEGATED SOUTHEND: NOVEMBER 2006
Southend were struggling at the bottom of the Championship in a season that would see them go down, but that didn't stop them spoiling Alex Ferguson's celebrations for his 20 years at Manchester United. A remarkable 30-yard free-kick from Southend's Freddy Eastwood put the Shrimpers in front in the first half and that's how it stayed. Despite the presence of 11 Man United internationals, including Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo, two magnificent saves from Southend's goalkeeper Darryl Flahavan denied the League Cup holders and provided 11,000 fans at Roots Hall with a story to tell the grandkids.