The lowdown on the man in the middle for Liverpool’s trip to West Ham United on Sunday…
The Premier League has announced the officiating teams who will be taking charge of top-flight fixtures during Matchweek 37 of the 2016/17 season.
The players of Liverpool and West Ham United, who meet at the London Stadium for a 2.15pm BST kick-off on Sunday, May 14, will be joined on the pitch by referee Neil Swarbrick.
Darren Cann and Mark Scholes are his designated assistants, while Roger East will be patrolling the technical areas in the role of fourth official.
Liverpool have a mixed record in their two previous games overseen by Swarbrick this season; winning one and losing one.
The defeat was a 1-0 reversal at Southampton in the EFL Cup on January 11 (two yellow cards shown, none to Liverpool), while the victory was by virtue of a 2-1 scoreline against West Bromwich Albion at Anfield on October 22 (four yellow cards shown, one to Liverpool).
West Ham have also crossed paths with Swarbrick twice this term; drawing 1-1 with Middlesbrough on October 1 (five yellow cards shown, two to West Ham) and beating Crystal Palace 3-0 on January 14 (six yellow cards shown, four to West Ham). Both games were also staged at the London Stadium.
Overall, in his 31 matches refereed in all competitions this term, the Preston native has handed out a total of 116 yellow cards and three red.
His current yellow card average stands at 3.74-per-game, with a red card shown every 10.3 matches.
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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