The Reds are facing expulsion from the Carabao Cup after it was discovered that it could have fielded an ineligible footballer during its third-round win over MK Dons. The English Football League (EFL), which handles its cup competition, already launched an investigation on the concern that Pedro Chirivella did not meet the criteria to play in the competition. During its win against MK Dons, Liverpool used many youngsters and is now subject to investigation, which could lead to its expulsion from the Carabao Cup.

Pedro Chirivella made his first appearance for Liverpool since he moved last May 2016. He spent the second half of the previous season on loan to Extremadura, a Spanish second division team. This means that he would need new international clearance when he came back to his mother club this summer. In July, the Reds requested for that international clearance, but the process can only be done with the help of the Football Association.

At present, it is not yet clear if the required paperwork is in place. The English Football League (EFL) recently stated that it is currently considering the issue with Liverpool. The league has a wide assortment of sanctions that it can use ranging from a fine up to being thrown out of the competition.

Liverpool issued a statement in response to the reports. The team is aware of a possible administrative issue about one of its players, the statement reads. Additionally, Liverpool claims that it is currently working with vital authorities to establish the facts. The statement goes on, saying that the team will refuse to make further comments regarding the matter until the process is complete.

The Reds could pay for the fine just like what Sunderland did in 2014 if found guilty. The team was fined after they allowed South Korean Ji Dong-Won to play without international clearance. Meanwhile, the Reds dream to win the Premier League this season began last Saturday with a victory against Sheffield United.

The team also win against MK Dons with forward duo Harvey Elliot and Rhian Brewster and Caoimhin making their debut for the Reds. Liverpool will face its Premier League rival Arsenal in the next round.