The EFL have fined Liverpool 200 thousand pounds for playing an ineligible player during the club's 2-0 Carabao Cup victory over MK Dons last week. Klopp's side illegally used longtime midfielder Pedro Chirivella as a substitute, even though the 22-year-old Spanish international had not received international clearance. He needed this clearance after he returned to England after serving a year loan spell in his native Spain.
Luckily for the defending Champions League winners, they will not be given the ultimate sentence, that being immediate disqualification from the Carabao Cup this year.
🚨 Liverpool will NOT be expelled from the Carabao Cup for playing Pedro Chirivella. Chirivella was not properly registered after his loan spell at Spanish second division side Extremadura last summer. However, LFC will be fined £200,000 instead. (@_pauljoyce) pic.twitter.com/ulCSnHeaTA— LFC Transfer Room (@LFCTransferRoom) October 2, 2019
Chirivella was subbed into the match for Guinean midfielder Naby Keïta but didn't factor into the club's eventual victory. James Milner had already scored before the end of the first half, and rising star Ki-jana Hoever bagged a goal for himself in the 69th minute. But the fact that he was even on the pitch in the first place, gave the EFL cause to punish the Reds.
After being served the fine, a Liverpool spokesperson said, "the club accepts the judgment, outcome, and punishment imposed by the EFL." He added that the club wishes to "apologise to the competition's governing body and also to Milton Keynes Dons."
Liverpool will next take on Arsenal on October 30th. The winner will prepare for the tournament's quarterfinals.