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Klopp ‘horrified’ by potential Carabao Cup replay after fielding ineligible player

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is reportedly ‘horrified’ at the prospect of replaying the club’s Carabao Cup tie with MK Dons after the club were alleged to have fielded an ineligible player.

Midfielder Pedro Chirivella, who came on as a substitute during the 2-0 win over the League One side, is believed to be the ineligible player, although Liverpool insist they applied for an international transfer certificate for the 22-year-old following his return from a loan spell at Spanish side Extremadura last season.

Liverpool are currently awaiting the verdict of an investigation from the EFL, and punishments could range from a written warning to expulsion from the competition.

Having applied for Chirivella’s clearance in July, the European champions are said to have blamed the FA for an administrative oversight regarding the situation in the hope of receiving a lesser punishment.

One such punishment could be the replaying of the fixture, which according to the Times, has left Klopp ‘horrified’. The Liverpool boss has already been vocal in his criticism of the number of matches his side must play, which has already been added to with the club’s participation in the Club World Cup in Qatar in December.

Adding another fixture to an already hectic fixture schedule will further increase the burden on Klopp’s squad, with the club currently scheduled to face Arsenal in the fourth round in the week beginning October 28 as they await a verdict.

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