Anthony Taylor (from Manchester) appointed Man City vs Liverpool referee

Updated: 27/11/2023

Liverpool face Manchester City at the Etihad on Thursday evening, a top of the table clash between two sides who are vying for Premier League glory.

The man chosen to officiate, Anthony Taylor, hails from Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester.

Suffice to say, Liverpool fans are none too pleased…

Reaction: ‘No words'

One Liverpool fan claimed Taylor refereed two of his club's games against opposition from Manchester last season in the Premier League (something which is patently not true).

Google Maps was even wheeled out to show the proximity of Taylor's birthplace to both Manchester football stadiums.

Taylor's birthplace will no doubt be a talking point on Twitter post-match, should there be any debatable high-profile decisions made.

The reality: No cause for concern

Since 2011, Taylor has reffed just two Premier League games including both Liverpool and a club from Manchester. The fixtures have finished as follows: Man City 2-2 Liverpool and Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United.

One Liverpool fan pointed out that Liverpool were yet to suffer a defeat under Taylor's officiating against Manchester clubs.

There is no evidence to suggest Liverpool have been hard done by when Taylor has been in charge of the whistle. This season, for example, he watched over their 4-0 thrashing of West Ham.

Liverpool PL games that Anthony Taylor has officiated since 2016-17

Draw: Liverpool 0-0 Man United – October 17th 2016

Win: Liverpool 2-0 Sunderland – November 26th 2016

Draw: Sunderland 2-2 Liverpool – Jan 2nd 2017

Win: Liverpool 2-0 Tottenham – February 11th 2017

Win: Liverpool 3-1 Everton – April 1st 2017

Draw: Watford 3-3 Liverpool – August 12th 2017

Win: Leicester 2-3 Liverpool – September 23rd 2017

Win: Liverpool 5-0 Watford – 17th March 2018

Loss: Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool – 6th May 2018

Win: Liverpool 4-0 West Ham – August 12th 2018

Taylor has, however, been criticised recently for his refereeing performance during Sheffield United's 3-0 win over Blackburn Rovers in the Championship.

The Cheshire-born official controversially dished out an early red card to Blades defender Chris Basham for two yellow card offences, before having little choice but to dismiss Blackburn's Richie Smallwood for a bad challenge in the second half.

A referee's job is hard enough at the best of times. After the reaction to his appointment this week, Taylor might face more criticism than usual both in-game and post-match when Liverpool take on Man City.

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