Liverpool breezed past MK Dons in the League Cup on Wednesday night. The Reds fielded a youthful side and managed to dispatch the League One side 2-0, thanks to goals from James Milner and Ki-Jana Hoever. The win secured a 4th round fixture with Arsenal. However, Liverpool are currently facing League Cup expulsion as they are under investigation for fielding an illegal player.
The player in question is alleged to be Pedro Chirivella, according to a report from Paul Joyce. The player joined Extremadura on loan in January, the case is regarding international clearance. The Reds’ punishment could range from a fine to complete expulsion from the cup.
The case has sparked a conspiracy theory on Twitter. Many Reds fans believe that playing Chirivella was a deliberate move by Jürgen Klopp, made to secure Liverpool’s exit from the competition without losing. Klopp’s side are currently competing on all fronts and could face up to 67 games depending on how they fare in each of their competitions. The League Cup is definitely not a priority of the gaffer’s, to find a way out of the competition without losing would be quite a feat.
This Liverpool fan thought it was a stroke of genius from the big German to bring on Chirivella.
Klopps actually a genius, beats MK so all the fans are happy, then needlessly brings on an illegible Chirivella so that we can get banned from the league cup and focus on warm weather training camps and winning our 7th Champions League
What a man, i’m all for it
— SMO (@FirmiSmo) September 28, 2019
Another Red believes that Jürgen may have grassed on himself.
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The mail that EFL received with relations to Chirivella: “Hello, as you know Liverpool were in a good situation vs. MK Dons today. But they played a player without intl. clearance. Boom! They need to be eliminated from the Cup and never made to play in it again- anonymous”.
— An (@RoyalANfield) September 28, 2019
People were surprised to see Pedro’s name on the team sheet but believe the investigation helps make more sense of his selection.
— 🅵🅸🆃🅱🅰 (@fitbaa) September 28, 2019
That’s why Chirivella is still at the club. pic.twitter.com/bStF1caQha
— Liverpool Red (@lfcredynwa) September 28, 2019
Footy Accumulators believed it to be the perfect example of a 4D chess move by Klopp.
The EFL has began an investigation into Liverpool playing an ineligible player in the Carabao Cup, related to Pedro Chirivella.
4D chess from Klopp getting kicked out the League Cup, whilst also winning the actual match. 😂 pic.twitter.com/PhH4gsWs1V
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) September 28, 2019
But the general consensus is that he knew exactly what he was doing.
Klopp seeing that we’re going to win against MK Dons: Bring on Chirivella
Pep: He’s not actually eli—
— ✨𝕂𝕒𝕥𝕚𝕖✨ (@MaebyKate) September 28, 2019
When you realize Klopp played Chirivella on purpose, so that LFC don’t have to play in the Carabao cup anymore pic.twitter.com/XM3CboCCqc
— Gëggenpressing FC (@KloppOfTheKop_) September 28, 2019