It is a strange scandal, if you can even call it that. Liverpool breezed past MK Dons in September with a 2-0 victory sending the Reds into the 4th round of the League Cup to face Arsenal at home at the end of October. A fortunate goal from James Milner and a brilliant header from 17 year old Ki-Jana Hoever were enough to seal a routine victory for a youthful side at Stadium MK. However, the key moment of the game was in the 63rd minute. Naby Keita was brought off and replaced by Pedro Chirivella.
Keita has been recovering from a muscle injury that has seen him miss the start of the season, his return was cautiously cut short and Spanish midfielder Pedro was brought on. It has since emerged that Liverpool are under investigation for fielding an ineligible player in the tie, with Chirivella the footballer in question. The key issue is the matter of international clearance relating to Pedro’s loan move to Extremadura.
Klopp took the time to discuss the ongoing matter, saying “it was our fault alone and we should be punished…it didn’t happen on purpose”. Some Liverpool fans were arguing that the move was very on purpose. Jürgen was steadfast in arguing that Chirivella shouldn’t face any repercussions from the incident, continuing “the player shouldn’t be punished,” the German gaffer is anxious that Pedro shouldn’t have his playing time compromised as he has already faced the disappointment of his Spanish loan breaking down.
Hopefully the authorities will be lenient on Chirivella and he will be able to blossom into the playmaking midfielder Liverpool are crying out for.