The lowdown on the man in the middle for Liverpool’s trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday…
The Premier League have announced the officiating teams who will be taking charge of top-flight fixtures during Matchweek 10 of the 2016/17 season.
The players of Liverpool and Crystal Palace, who meet at Selhurst Park for a 5.30pm BST kick-off on Saturday, October 29, will be joined on the pitch by referee Andre Marriner.
Simon Beck and Andy Garratt are his designated assistants, while Paul Tierney will be patrolling the technical areas in the role of fourth official.
Marriner’s previous outing of the campaign produced just two yellow cards as Chelsea defeated reigning champions Leicester City 3-0 two weekends ago.
This will be the second time the 45-year-old has overseen a game involving the Reds this season; the previous one – a 5-1 home victory over Hull City in September – featured three yellow cards and one red (shown to Hull’s Ahmed Elmohamady).
Saturday will be his first match involving Palace during 2016/17 but he also took charge of this same fixture last season – awarding the visitors a contentious late penalty which Christian Benteke, who now plays for the Eagles following a summer transfer worth an initial £27million, dispatched to earn Jürgen Klopp‘s men a 2-1 win.
Overall, in his eight matches refereed in all competitions this term, the Birmingham native has handed out a total of 32 yellow cards and five red.
His current yellow card average stands at 4-per-game, with a red card shown every 1.6 matches.
Marriner is associated with the Birmingham County Football Association and has been part of the Select Group of Premier League referees since 2005.
He was promoted to FIFA’s list for European and International matches in 2009.
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