Liverpool could be thrown out of the Carabao Cup despite being MK Dons comfortably on Wednesday night after fielding Pedro Chirivella, the Spanish midfielder.
There is a suggestion that Chirivella was not properly registered to play in the match, meaning a punishment is likely to follow. This could be expulsion from the tournament, or it could just be a fine. For the full story, click here.
Some Reds fans joked that it was a deliberate move from Jurgen Klopp in order to get the club removed from a competition that he tends to regard as getting in the way of other games more than anything else.
Klopp thinking he's got us out of the Carabao Cup, only to be given a fine pic.twitter.com/GaT3vtporv
— Martin ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (@Turner_LFC) September 28, 2019
Klopps masterplan all along. There had to be some reason we were keeping Chirivella around!
Sunderland got fined for a similar indiscretion. As its LFC I'd expect us to be expelled from the Carabao for 5 years! https://t.co/OT5zULmQd5
— Futbol: O Jogo Bonito 🖐️+☝️ (@DavidC_LFC) September 28, 2019
In a similar vein, others joked that a more appropriate punishment would be staying in the tournament.
Surely the punishment for fielding an ineligible player in the Carabao Cup should be being forced to play in the Carabao Cup #LFC
— Shivam Manghnani 🇳🇬🇳🇬 (@ShivamHQ) September 28, 2019
It’s safe to say quite a few people were less than concerned by the allegations.
Klopp when we get kicked out of the Carabao Cup: pic.twitter.com/0nqoRe4Dhr
— ⭕️ (@3binhoLFC) September 28, 2019
Providing the Reds are not thrown out of the competition, they will face Arsenal at Anfield in the next round, with that game pencilled in for Wednesday, October 30.
That will be another chance for young players like Harvey Elliott and Ki-Jana Hoever to feature, so they would be the ones to suffer should the club be removed from the tournament.