Liverpool vs Man Utd referee: Who is refereeing today’s Premier League showdown?
Liverpool v Man Utd: Premier League preview
Liverpool and Manchester United meet in a top-of-the-table clash at Anfield this afternoon. The Red Devils arrive as the Premier League leaders, three points ahead of their rivals. The fixture is already considered the biggest game in club football but today’s clash could have a huge say in the title race.
Who is refereeing Liverpool vs Man Utd?
The referee in charge of the action at Anfield today will be Paul Tierney.
Tierney has refereed 11 games in the Premier League this season.
In total he has issued 45 yellow cards, averaging over four bookings per game.
He has also shown three cards this term and averages 26.27 fouls per match.
One Tierney statistic may not bode well for Liverpool, though.
None of the 11 fixtures he has officiated have been won by the home side.
Every other Premier League referee has overseen at least two home victories this season.
Tierney’s assistants at Anfield will be Lee Betts and Constantine Hatzidakis.
Craig Pawson is the fourth official while Stuart Attwell is on VAR duty.
Former top-flight referee Mark Halsey took charge of this fixture three times and says Tierney faces “the biggest game of his refereeing career”.
“Liverpool against Manchester United remains the greatest rivalry in the Premier League and Sunday is the ultimate test for an official,” Halsey told The Sun.
“The eyes of the world will be on Tierney and this is his chance to prove he can join the elite group of referees.
“This is what we referees call an ‘A game’ and the PGMOL management clearly trust him.
“In a powder-keg game like this you either sink or swim and it’s up to Tierney to show he can deliver a top level performance.”
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp recently criticised the number of penalties being awarded to United.
His comments came after the loss at Southampton, which gave the Red Devils the chance to go top of the table with their win at Burnley.
Klopp said: “I hear now that Manchester United had more penalties in two years than I had in five-and-a-half years
“I’ve no idea if that’s my fault, or how that can happen.
“But it’s no excuse for the performance [against Southampton]. We cannot change it, we have to respect the decisions.”
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer later hit back at the penalty complaints.
“That’s a fact? Probably,” said the Norwegian.
“That’s probably going to be my answer, that’s a fact that we’ve got more than them.
“I don’t count how many penalties they’ve had, so if they want to spend time on worrying about when we get fouled in the box… I don’t spend time on that.”
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