Date: 26th April 2018 at 7:41am
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The lowdown on the man in the middle for Liverpool’s hosting of Stoke City on Saturday…

The Premier League has announced the officiating teams who will be taking charge of top-flight fixtures during Matchweek 36 of the 2017/18 season.

The players of Liverpool and Stoke City, who meet at Anfield for a 12.30pm BST kick-off on Saturday, April 28, will be joined on the pitch by referee Andre Marriner.

Richard West and Simon Long are his designated assistants, while Lee Mason will be patrolling the technical areas in the role of fourth official.

Marriner’s 32 previous games this season have yielded a total of 88 yellow cards and five red.

Liverpool have won two and lost one of their three encounters with the 47-year-old this term. The most recent being the memorable 4-3 victory over champions Manchester City at Anfield in January (five yellow cards shown, two to Liverpool).

Stoke’s only 2017/18 meeting with Marriner was way back in August when they defeated Arsenal 1-0 at the bet365 Stadium (no cards shown).

The Sheldon native’s yellow card average currently stands at 2.75-per-game, with a red card shown every 6.4 matches.

Marriner is associated with the Birmingham County Football Association and first become a member of the Select Group of Premier League referees in 2005.

Promotion to FIFA’s list for European and international matches followed in 2009.

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