Chris Kavanagh has been appointed the referee for Liverpool’s Premier League match towards Man Metropolis on Saturday, with the VAR additionally being confirmed.
Forward of Liverpool’s journey to the Etihad, Kavanagh has been given the function of referee for the table-topping conflict, regardless of being from Higher Manchester.
In the meantime, the lead video assistant referee (VAR) for Saturday’s fixture can be Stuart Attwell, and aiding him is Tim Wooden.
On the sphere, Simon Bennett and Dan Robathan would be the referee’s assistants, whereas Thomas Bramall will act because the fourth official.
Kavanagh has taken cost of Liverpool 15 occasions in his profession to date, and Liverpool have a great file with him on the pitch. Of these 15 video games relationship again to 2018, the Reds have gained 13 and misplaced simply two.
In truth, Liverpool have gained their final six video games with him as referee, together with victories over Nottingham Forest and West Ham this season.
Whereas Kavanagh has refereed two Merseyside Derbies, the 38-year-old has by no means taken cost of a Liverpool match towards both of the large Manchester golf equipment.
Saturday’s VAR appointment, Attwell, bodes much less for the Reds. Earlier this 12 months, Fulham participant Tom Cairney mentioned that the referee advised him ‘it wasn’t a penalty’ after VAR awarded one in Liverpool’s favour.
If having Kavanagh referee is an efficient omen, then the Reds’ file on the venue cancels that out. Liverpool have only one league victory within the final 15 years on the Etihad Stadium.
Throughout all competitions, the Reds have gained three video games of their final 15 on the venue – not a great file, even whereas acknowledging the power of the opposition.
With gamers getting back from worldwide responsibility, Liverpool will want issues to go their means, efficiency and officiating-wise, if they’re to take three factors again down the M62 on Saturday night.