Martin Atkinson has been confirmed as the referee for Saturday afternoon’s clash between old foes Liverpool and Manchester United.
Goal have confirmed that the heavyweight meeting, widely considered to be the biggest match in the Premier League, will be overseen by Atkinson, who has a memorable history in the fixture.
Atkinson last refereed the game between the Reds and the Red Devils at Anfield back in March 2015, when Steven Gerrard came on as a half time substitute but was sent off in less than 40 seconds for a late and dangerous tackle on Ander Herrera — with Atkinson of course being the one who brandished the card for the Liverpool legend’s dismissal.
Atkinson also sent Paul Scholes off at Anfield in 2007.
Liverpool will be dearly hoping to keep 10 men on the field this time, especially with Sadio Mane back in the side after a three match ban for a red card following a reckless challenge on Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson.
United are yet to lose a game this season, and are second in the Premier League on goal difference, just two goals behind leaders Manchester City. They are also sitting comfortably atop their Champions League group, having won by a three goal margin in both of their games in the competition so far.
Liverpool, on the other hand, have won just one of their last seven games in all competitions, including two draws from two games in the Champions League.