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Liverpool flops’ reputations have taken a battering

If Roy Hodgson thinks Liverpool's Carling Cup defeat to Northampton Town will be quickly forgotten the midfielder Milan Jovanovic will have rid him of that notion yesterday when he described the defeat as a “catastrophe”.

The Serbian international scored his first goal for Liverpool at Anfield but took no pleasure from it as Hodgson's team were knocked out by League Two opposition on penalties despite starting with six full internationals.

“Catastrophe,” said Jovanovic. “I am so disappointed. What can I say? It was a very difficult night for me, for all the players and the team. Of course we feel sorry for the fans. We know this is not Liverpool. I am so surprised by the performance. I’ve not got enough experience of English football but I didn't expect this.

“Northampton played a really good game. We played a bad game. We started very nice but I don't know why we lost the ball so fast or why we couldn't keep the ball. We had a lot of young players and sometimes you need experience. We tried to run a lot but we lost our condition and it ended up being difficult to do something special in attack.

“But this is football. I am so disappointed. We all are. We are sorry for the result but we have to move on now.”

Liverpool must regroup quickly as they face Sunderland tomorrow at Anfield and Jovanovic knows they owe it to the Kop to come up with an immediate response. “Every game from now is very important,” he said. “We have got five points from five games. It is not enough but we have had five very difficult games.”

Liverpool have so far played Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United in their five league matches.

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