The lowdown on the man in the middle for next Monday night’s hosting of Manchester United…
The Premier League have announced the officials who will be taking charge of Liverpool’s fixture with fierce rivals Manchester United at Anfield on Monday, October 17.
The players will be joined on the pitch, for their 8.00pm BST kick-off, by referee Anthony Taylor and assistants Simon Bennett and Stephen Child.
Martin Atkinson will be patrolling the technical areas as the designated fourth official.
Taylor’s previous league outing in 2016/17 saw him show four yellow cards as Chelsea won 2-0 at Hull City.
This will be the first time the 37-year-old has overseen a game involving the Reds this season, although he did officiate United’s 2-0 home win over Southampton in August.
Last term, Taylor and the Merseysiders crossed paths on four occasions with Liverpool registering three wins and a draw but managing to net only once on each occasion.
Two of the four games were against Stoke City (both won 1-0 away with the second encounter coming in the Capital One Cup semi-final 1st leg), while the others were against Norwich City (home, 1-1) and Swansea City (home, 1-0).
Overall, in his nine matches refereed so far this campaign, Taylor has handed out a total of 27 yellow cards and zero red, although he did send Stoke City boss Mark Hughes to the stands during their 0-4 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.
His current yellow card average stands at 3-per-game.
The Altrincham fan is associated with the Cheshire County Football Association and has been part of the Select Group of Premier League referees since 2010.
Taylor was promoted to FIFA’s list for European and International matches in 2013.
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