Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is said to be ‘horrified’ and ‘devastated’, according to The Times, after finding out that the EFL could force the Reds to replay their game against MK Dons after Pedro Chirivella was fielded when reportedly ineligible.
With an already packed schedule to come over the next few weeks, the Reds do not want any more matches, and would almost certainly contest the decision if that was the outcome.
A fine is perhaps a more likely scenario, while the prospect of being thrown out of the Carabao Cup is still on the table until a decision is officially made and announced.
The club say that they applied to the Football Association for clearance regarding Chirivella all the way back in July and chased it up several times, believing that they had done all they could.
There is a precedent for matches to be replayed, though, with West Ham having to face Aston Villa again back in 1999 after fielding an ineligible player, Emmanuel Omoyinmi. Sunderland, however, in 2014 got away with just a fine and a telling off for a similar offence.
Should the Reds escape with a fine, they will face Arsenal at Anfield in round four of the competition at the end of October.