Liverpool could be ‘kicked out’ of the Carabao Cup as EFL launch investigation into a possibly ineligible player fielded against MK Dons
- Liverpool may have fielded an ineligible player in a recent League Cup tie
- If found guilty, they may face a fine, or possibly even ejection from the cup
- Jurgen Klopp named a number of fringe players for the match against MK Dons
The EFL has launched an investigation into Liverpool after the club possibly fielded an ineligible player during a Carabao Cup match against MK Dons, according to The Athletic.
If they are found to have broken the rules, the EFL may issue a fine or even kick Liverpool out of the cup competition.
The potentially rule-breaking player has not yet been named, but Jurgen Klopp fielded an experimental lineup including several youngsters for the League Cup tie.
Liverpool may face ejection from the League Cup if found guilty of fielding an ineligible player
The player has not yet been named, but Klopp fielded a number of fringe players for the game
Liverpool came out with a 2-0 victory and are set to face Arsenal in the next round of the cup
Harvey Elliott, Curtis Jones, and goal scorer Ki-Jana Hoever were among some of the unfamiliar faces in the starting 11.
Herbie Kane, Pedro Chirivella, and Sepp van den Berg all came off the bench later in the match.
A club spokesperson told The Athletic: ‘The club are aware of a potential administrative issue pertaining to one of our players.
LIVERPOOL SQUAD VS MK DONS
Starting XI: Kelleher, Milner, Lovren, Gomez, Hoever, Keita, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Brewster, Elliott
Subs: Lonergan, Lewis, Kane, Chirivella, van den Berg, Longstaff, Clarkson
‘We are working with the relevant authorities in order to establish the facts of the matter and will be making no further comment until this process is complete.’
Liverpool came out of the game with a 2-0 victory, which has taken them through to a fourth round match against Arsenal at Anfield in October.
EFL rules state that a player must be ‘registered and eligible to participate in a Premier League match commencing at the same time and on the same date as the Competition match in accordance with the Premier League Rules.
Liverpool will be hoping for a lenient punishment if they are found guilty of breaking the rules
‘Players registered on a temporary basis will not be eligible to play unless the Club holding his full registration gives its written consent.’
Sunderland faced a similar situation in 2014 when they actually escaped with just a fine after fielding Ji Dong-Won against MK Dons.
The Black Cats hadn’t received international clearance for the South Korean after he had returned from being on loan at Augsburg.
If Liverpool are found guilty, they’ll be hoping for a similarly lenient punishment from the EFL.