Date: 4th May 2017 at 11:26pm
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The lowdown on the man in the middle for Liverpool’s hosting of Southampton on Sunday…

The Premier League has announced the officiating teams who will be taking charge of top-flight fixtures during Matchweek 36 of the 2016/17 season.

The players of Liverpool and Southampton, who meet at Anfield for a 1.30pm BST kick-off on Sunday, May 7, will be joined on the pitch by referee Robert ‘Bobby’ Madley.

Adam Nunn and Peter Kirkup are his designated assistants, while Anthony Taylor will be patrolling the technical areas in the role of fourth official.

Liverpool have a mixed record in their three previous Premier League games overseen by Madley this season; winning one, drawing one and losing one.

The most recent of the matches was the one to garner all three points as Arsenal were dispatched 3-1 at Anfield on March 4 (three yellow cards shown, one to Liverpool).

The 31-year-old was also the man in charge though when the Reds infamously capitulated to a 4-3 loss at AFC Bournemouth on December 4 (four yellow cards shown, two to Liverpool).

Southampton, meanwhile, have crossed paths with Madley on just one occasions this term; a 2-1 defeat at Arsenal back on September 10 (seven yellow cards shown, five to Southampton).

Overall, in his 32 matches refereed in all competitions this term, the Wakefield native has handed out a total of 132 yellow cards and four red.

His current yellow card average stands at 4.12-per-game, with a red card shown every 8 matches.

Madley is associated with the West Riding County Football Association and has been part of the Select Group of Premier League referees since 2013.

He was promoted to FIFA’s list for European and International matches in 2016.

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