Date: 20th October 2016 at 7:35am
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The lowdown on the man in the middle for Saturday’s hosting of West Bromwich Albion…

The Premier League have announced the officials who will be taking charge of Liverpool’s fixture with West Bromwich Albion at Anfield on Saturday, October 22.

The players will be joined on the pitch, for their 5.30pm BST Saturday kick-off, by referee Neil Swarbrick and assistants Darren Cann and Richard West.

Lee Mason will be patrolling the technical areas as the designated fourth official.

Swarbrick’s previous two outings in 2016/17 have both been in League One and one of them – a 1-0 victory for Bolton Wanderers at Swindon Town – included his only red card of the campaign to date.

This will be the first time the 50-year-old has overseen a game involving the Reds this season, although he did officiate West Brom’s 2-1 home defeat to Everton in August.

Last term, Swarbrick and the Merseysiders crossed paths on three occasions with Liverpool registering two wins and one defeat.

The three matches were Klopp’s first loss at home to Crystal Palace in November 2015, a 3-0 home FA Cup replay win over Exeter City in January of this year (in which he showed zero cards of any colour) and, most recently, the 6-0 away thrashing of soon-to-be-relegated Aston Villa in February.

Overall, in his nine matches refereed so far this campaign, the Preston native has handed out a total of 38 yellow cards. His current yellow card average stands at 4.2-per-game.

Swarbrick is associated with the Lancashire County Football Association and has been part of the Select Group of Premier League referees since 2011.

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