No complaints about the choice of referee for Liverpool v Arsenal game

It has been confirmed that Anthony Taylor will officiate the big game on Saturday between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield.

Taylor has not been that controversial when referring Arsenal game,s and last season in the seven games that he was in charge of that involved Arsenal there were no losses for the Gunners.

If there is to be any criticism it would be in the Tottenham v Arsenal match when he failed to pick up the foul in the penalty area after Aubameyang’s late penalty was saved by Hugo Lloris.

Five wins and two draws was a good return for Arsenal under Taylor’s officiating last season, and as Premier League refs go he is one of the better ones.

The omens are also good when it comes to the Mancunian taking charge of Liverpool v Arsenal games because the last time he handled a game between the two back in April 2015 it was Arsenal that won 4-1 and he sent off Liverpool’s Emre Can.

As for handling Liverpool matches last season, the 40-year-old oversaw three of their games which resulted in two home wins for the Reds and a loss away at Manchester City.

The only real criticism I can find of Taylor from an Arsenal perspective was back in 2013-14 when Aston Villa beat Arsenal 3-1 at the Emirates on the opening day of the season. He gave Villa two penalties and sent off Laurent Koscielny for two bookable offences and Arsene Wenger was less than pleased calling him stubborn.

Overall I am satisfied with the appointment of Taylor though he will probably not be the biggest factor when it comes from an officiating standpoint, that will probably fall to VAR.


  1. Why on earth does EPL refs not allowed access to see var is beyond my reasoning everything about epl officiating is questionable..

    In as much as I would like us to shock Liverpool I think the game came rather too early for us I see a Liverpool win. But football is full of surprises

  2. Fully agree refs decide matches greatly, but football has rules, follow the rules and play very well you can outplay the refs bad decisions

  3. It may sounds like a stupid question but can the ref overrules VAR? thanks for any response!

      1. Yes, offside the only exception i believe. From what I’ve seen it’s technology doing the measuring and making the call and it can’t be overruled.

  4. Even the most optimistic fan has to admit, an away win at Anfield seems like a tall order. Given our last five visits there, the last three ending in crushing defeat. At best, we could hope for a draw if recent form is anything to go, but I’d be happy whatever the result as long as we gave a good account of ourselves.

    Dreaming of a handsome win, hoping for a draw, expecting a narrow loss.

    If we lose and my ‘pool supporting mates start rubbing it in, at least I’ll be able to remind them they’ve never won the Premiership… Since football began in 1992!

    1. Oh they’ll always be gloating over something, Welbeck… I’m surrounded by them & their fans are more big headed than the Mancs back in the day! They think just by turning up they’ll win. They always expect to score 4+ goals & as I keep hearing – they have VVD & Alisson, so never expect to concede! ? Come on Arsenal ?

  5. All I need to see is the boys to give their all, knowing that every stupid mistakes will be punished.lets go get the 3points that should be the aim nothing else.we gonna do these

  6. Let’s go and support whatever happens we dnt keep our heads down we move on,we still got Spurs to beat!!!#Rambo

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