Date: 14th March 2018 at 7:33am
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The lowdown on the man in the middle for Liverpool’s hosting of Watford on Saturday…

The Premier League has announced the officiating teams who will be taking charge of top-flight fixtures during Matchweek 31 of the 2017/18 season.

The players of Liverpool and Watford, who meet at Anfield for a 5.30pm GMT kick-off on Saturday, March 17, will be joined on the pitch by referee Anthony Taylor.

Adam Nunn and Daniel Cook are his designated assistants, while Roger East will be patrolling the technical areas in the role of fourth official.

Taylor’s 30 previous games this season have yielded a total of 113 yellow cards and three red.

The 39-year-old was also the man in the middle when Liverpool and Watford played out a 3-3 draw at Vicarage Road (three yellow cards shown, all to Liverpool) on the opening weekend of the season.

The Reds have only had one further encounter with Taylor since then; winning 3-2 away to Leicester City in September (six yellow cards shown, three to Liverpool).

Watford have subsequently lost 6-0 to Manchester City (two yellow cards shown, both to Watford) and won 1-0 against Everton (four yellow cards shown, three to Watford). Like the Liverpool encounter, both games were in the league and staged at their home ground.

The Manchester native’s yellow card average this campaign currently stands at 3.76-per-game, with a red card shown every 10 matches.

Taylor is associated with the Cheshire Football Association and has been a member of the Select Group of Premier League referees since 2010.

He was promoted to FIFA’s list for European and International matches in 2013.

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