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The Premier League have confirmed Anthony Taylor will officiate the top of the table clash between Manchester City and Liverpool this weekend.
City and Liverpool, who are separated by just one point, meet in a huge 16:40 kick-off at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
The game has been billed as a potential title decider and the announcement for the officials has today been announced.
43-year-old Taylor, from Greater Manchester, tends to get the nod for a lot of the big games but there's been uproar from Liverpool fans, who do not buy that he is said to be an Altrincham fan.
To add to the fume, Paul Tierney, a man who Jurgen Klopp has had a number of run-ins with, is on VAR duty.
Anthony Taylor, from Manchester refereeing the City V Liverpool game? And we just have to be OK with that? Absolutely ridiculous! 🙄— Ash Rose (@Ashleyrose66) April 5, 2022
😂| City game officials:— The Kopite (@_TheKopite) April 5, 2022
Ref: Anthony Taylor
VAR: Paul Tierneypic.twitter.com/9o10CJOeJ3
Anthony Taylor of Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester, yet again 🙃 https://t.co/bi0Arojaqu— Shane (@Blame_Suarez) April 5, 2022
Nah man why do we get Anthony Taylor every single fucking time we play them. It’s so rigged https://t.co/wOFxejrcPr— Lewis ☻ (@Lewisinho) April 5, 2022
Anthony Taylor FROM MANCHESTER set to referee Man City vs Liverpool on Sunday, fuck right off pic.twitter.com/X8runJG6Um— Anfield Agenda (@AnfieldAgenda) April 5, 2022
Anthony Taylor and Paul Tierney for the City game is the worst possible combination.— 𝐙𝐚𝐜𝐡 (@ZachFtbl) April 5, 2022
So, @LFC clearly being fixed up for Sunday with a Manc referee (Anthony Taylor) and a Manc on VAR (Paul Tierney). Suspicious much? 🤔— *Be Excellent To Each Other* (@markparker66) April 5, 2022
Anthony Taylor from Manchester for city away again? Every single season. Taking the piss— Patrick (@lfcpatrick19) April 5, 2022
I cannot believe Anthony Taylor's appointment for Sunday's game. The authorities are incompetent at times, but this is impressive even by their standards.— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) April 5, 2022
Could be anyone other than him, given his roots.
Greater Manchester’s Anthony Taylor yet again taking charge of a Liverpool game against a Manchester club, in Manchester. With Greater Manchester’s Paul Tierney on VAR duty.— Biggies Malls 2.0 (@Biggies_MaIIs) April 5, 2022
Manchester born Anthony Taylor is the referee for the Man City vs Liverpool game.— Watch LFC (@Watch_LFC) April 5, 2022
Paul Tierney on VAR, the fella Jurgen Klopp absolutely hates 😬
How have the PL made the decision to have Anthony Taylor a bloke from MANCHESTER referee City v Liverpool when they could chose any other ref? To make it even worse Paul Tierney is VAR assistant 🤣🤣🤣 #Liverpool— dan (@Avesy__) April 5, 2022
Manchester City v Liverpool— 🏐Shaun💙🏐 (@LfcShaun57) April 5, 2022
Referee: Anthony Taylor.
VAR: Paul Tierney.@premierleague Not even hiding bias and corruption anymore
Tierney refereed the return fixture, an entertaining 2-2 draw at Anfield where James Milner was lucky to have not been sent off.
Last season, Craig Pawson took charge of the 1-1 draw at the Etihad, while Michael Oliver was the man in the middle for City's first win at Anfield for 18 years in February 2021.
In 2014, Brendan Rodgers, then managing Liverpool, was fined £8,000 for comments made about appointing a Bolton referee in Lee Mason.
“I was surprised that we are playing in Manchester and we had a referee from Greater Manchester,” Rodgers stated after Liverpool's controversial 2-1 loss.
“Hopefully we won’t have a Greater Manchester referee with Liverpool-Manchester games in future.
“We had nothing that went our way at all. I never go on about officials but I thought they were horrendous.”
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