The lowdown on the man in the middle for Liverpool’s hosting of Crystal Palace on Saturday…
The Premier League has announced the officiating teams who will be taking charge of top-flight fixtures during Matchweek 2 of 2017/18 season.
The players of Liverpool and Crystal Palace, who meet at Anfield for a 3.00pm BST kick-off on Saturday, August 19, will be joined on the pitch by referee Kevin Friend.
Adrian Holmes and Harry Lennard are his designated assistants, while Mike Dean will be patrolling the technical areas in the role of fourth official.
In his two previous games this season – one in the Championship and one in the EFL Cup – Friend has produced a combined six yellow cards and zero red.
Both Liverpool and Palace lost their only 2016/17 game overseen by the 46-year-old to Swansea City. The Merseysiders going down to a surprise 3-2 home defeat in January (two yellow cards shown, one to Liverpool) and the Eagles suffering a memorable 5-4 away reversal two months prior (nine yellow cards shown, five to Palace).
Overall, in his 32 matches refereed last term, the Bristol native handed out a total of 127 yellow cards and two red.
His yellow card average finished at 3.96-per-game, with a red card shown every 16 matches.
Friend is associated with the Leicestershire and Rutland County Football Association and has been part of the Select Group of Premier League referees since 2009.
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