Liverpool respond to claims they face Carabao expulsion

Liverpool could be thrown out of the Carabao Cup for fielding an ineligible player.

The Athletic claim that ‘the EFL have launched an investigation’ into whether or not one of the players Liverpool used in their victory over MK Dons fit the registration criteria.

The player in question is yet to be named, but Neil Jones of says the issue pertains to ‘international transfer clearance’.

The Athletic’s James Pearce says Liverpool’s ‘continued involvement in this season’s Carabao Cup is now in doubt’ if they are found guilty.

A club spokesperson said: “The club are aware of a potential administrative issue pertaining to one of our players.

“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.”

The EFL added that: “We are currently considering the matter.”

Even if found guilty of fielding an ineligible player, Liverpool feel ‘they have strong mitigation’ in the precedent set by Sunderland in 2014. When the Black Cats played Ji Dong-Won against MK Dons in the second round five years ago, the striker had not gained international clearance. They were fined rather than kicked out of hte competition.

Claims that a Mr. J. Klopp made the anonymous complaint seem to be unfounded.

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