The lowdown on the man in the middle for Liverpool’s trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday…
The Premier League has announced the officiating teams who will be taking charge of top-flight fixtures during Matchweek 32 of the 2017/18 season.
The players of Liverpool and Crystal Palace, who meet at Selhurst Park for a 12.30pm BST kick-off on Saturday, March 31, will be joined on the pitch by referee Neil Swarbrick.
Adam Nunn and Adrian Holmes are his designated assistants, while Kevin Friend will be patrolling the technical areas in the role of fourth official.
Swarbrick’s 21 previous games this season have yielded a miserly total of 58 yellow cards and zero red.
Liverpool’s three previous encounters with the 52-year-old this term have seen victories over West Ham United (three yellow cards shown, none to Liverpool) and Leicester City (five yellow cards shown, three to Liverpool), but also, most recently, a defeat to Swansea City (two yellow cards shown, both to Liverpool).
Palace are yet to win a 2017/18 game controlled by Swarbrick; drawing 1-1 at West Ham United in January (four yellow cards shown, three to Palace) and losing 5-0 at Manchester City back in September (four yellow cards shown, one to Palace).
The Preston native’s yellow card average this campaign currently stands at 2.76-per-game.
Swarbrick is associated with the Lancashire County Football Association and has been a member of the Select Group of Premier League referees since 2011.
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