Date: 11th January 2018 at 7:24am
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The lowdown on the man in the middle for Liverpool’s hosting of Manchester City on Sunday…

The Premier League has announced the officiating teams who will be taking charge of top-flight fixtures during Matchweek 23 of the 2017/18 season.

The players of Liverpool and Manchester City, who meet at Anfield for a 4.00pm GMT kick-off on Sunday, January 14, will be joined on the pitch by referee Andre Marriner.

Scott Ledger and Richard West are his designated assistants, while Mike Dean will be patrolling the technical areas in the role of fourth official.

Marriner’s 20 previous games this season have yielded a total of 53 yellow cards and three red.

This will be the third time the 47-year-old has officiated Liverpool this term, following the 4-0 win at AFC Bournemouth on December 17 (two yellow cards shown, one to Liverpool) and the 4-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur on October 22 (one yellow card shown, one to Liverpool).

The visitors, meanwhile, won their only 2017/18 match under Marriner’s watchful eye 1-0 against Newcastle United on December 27 (one yellow card shown, none to City).

The West Midlands native’s yellow card average this campaign currently stands at a miserly 2.65-per-game, with a red card shown every 6.66 matches.

Marriner is associated with the Birmingham County Football Association and has been part of the Select Group of Premier League referees since 2005.

He was promoted to FIFA’s list for European and International matches in 2009.

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