Vital Football

Latest Liverpool FC News

Liverpool: Ref Watch 16/17 - Crystal Palace (Home)

Liverpool: Ref Watch 16/17 - Crystal Palace (Home)

The lowdown on the man in the middle for Liverpool's hosting of Crystal Palace on Sunday...

The Premier League has announced the officiating teams who will be taking charge of top-flight fixtures during Matchweek 34 of the 2016/17 season.

The players of Liverpool and Crystal Palace, who meet at Anfield in a 4.30pm BST kick-off on Sunday, April 23, will be joined on the pitch by referee Andre Marriner.

Simon Beck and Scott Ledger are his designated assistants, while Mike Jones will be patrolling the technical areas in the role of fourth official.

Liverpool have won all three of their previous games overseen by Marriner this season, including a 4-2 victory at Selhurst Park in the reverse fixture on October 29 (three yellow cards shown, two to Liverpool).

The 46-year-old was also the man in charge of these two at Selhurst last season when a controversial stoppage-time penalty, converted by then Reds forward Christian Benteke (now of Crystal Palace), handed the ten-men of Liverpool a dramatic 2-1 victory (James Milner had earlier been dismissed for two bookable offences).

Like Liverpool, Palace have crossed paths with Marriner on three occasions this term. But unlike the Merseysiders and their 100% record, they have lost all three.

The most recent coming courtesy of a 4-0 home defeat to manager Sam Allardyce's former side Sunderland on February 4 (six yellow cards shown, three to Palace).

Overall, in his 33 matches refereed in all competitions this term, the Birmingham-native has handed out a total of 130 yellow cards and seven red.

His current yellow card average stands at 3.93-per-game, with a red card shown every 4.71 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.

So we know who will be holding the whistle, will it influence the outcome? Let us know your thoughts on the game below or vote in our poll...

Click here to see a stats and facts preview

Click here to check on both club's injuries

Click here to read former Red Mark Lawrenson's prediction

Follow me on Twitter @superbag

At Vital Liverpool we're always looking for contributors so if you're an LFC fan who wants to share his or her opinion with the masses, simply email articles/blogs to

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Gavin Kelley-Day
Date:Thursday April 20 2017
Time: 7:31AM

Login to post a comment

Best of International Football News

Recent Liverpool Articles

Liverpool: Three-Peat Reds Put Four Past West Ham

Liverpool's upturn in fortunes against the Hammers continued on Saturday, boosting their top four prospects in the process

Stats: Liverpool v West Ham United

All the stats from Liverpool (4) vs (1) West Ham United, Anfield, 24/02/2018, 3.00pm GMT Att: 53,256

One Transfer Deadline Was Never Enough Was It

You've got to love the football authorities, if transfer deadline days weren't ridiculous enough already - they've now begun to breed.

Liverpool: Team News 17/18 - West Ham United (Away)

Which players are likely to be unavailable when Liverpool take on West Ham United?

Liverpool Archived Articles

Vital Liverpool articles from

Site Journalists

Gavin Kelley-Day
Editor email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Who Was MOTM vs. West Ham United (Home)?
Suggested By: Editor
Loris Karius0%
Trent Alexander-Arnold0%
Joel Matip0%
Virgil van Dijk0%
Andrew Robertson0%
Emre Can0%
James Milner0%
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain50%
Sadio Mane0%
Mohamed Salah0%
Roberto Firmino50%
Adam Lallana (sub)0%
Dominic Solanke (sub)0%
Alberto Moreno (sub)0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Liverpool Results (view all)

Liverpool Fixtures

Vital Members League Table

Vital Football Comment