The FA have caused a stir after appointing Wythenshawe native Anthony Taylor as the referee for Liverpool’s clash with Man United at Anfield next week.
Taylor hasn’t taken charge of a Liverpool game since their League Cup win over Stoke City in January, and although The Sun report that he’s a known Altrincham supporter, it doesn’t get away from the fact that he lives just six miles away from Old Trafford.
While that should in no way lead to unfair criticism going Taylor’s way or the questioning of his integrity as ultimately he’s a professional and will officiate the game to the best of his ability, the decision has unsurprisingly led to a few eyebrows being raised from Liverpool fans.
The Premier League official has refereed seven games so far this season, handing out 23 yellow cards, and he will unfortunately now be under the spotlight if he is indeed kept in place to take charge of the game between the two fierce rivals.
Liverpool supporters took to Twitter to reveal their dissatisfaction with the decision, as seen in the tweets below, but ultimately both teams can’t afford to be distracted by the appointment and will focus on what they have to do to win the game.
The showdown takes place at Anfield next Monday night, with United going into the game three points adrift of their old foes who currently sit in fourth place in the Premier League table.
Anthony Taylor is a poor ref. A poor ref from Manchester. Why on earth is he going to be reffing the LFC vs MUFC game?
— Jay (@Jay82_LFC) October 10, 2016
Considering Utd are starting a 12th man in Anthony Taylor the fans need to make the ground as intimidating as possible for Utd & officials.
— Steelo (@Coutskill) October 10, 2016
Anthony Taylor from Manchester is to referee Liverpool v Manchester United in 7 days time?
Surely that deserves a Telegraph investigation.
— L.F.C URCHINS (@AnfieldUrchin) October 10, 2016
— Ben Cropper (@croppersports) October 10, 2016
Liverpool fans have already got their excuses ready for when they lose just because Anthony Taylor has been appointed the ref. Tragic. ???
— ? (@Pogbesque) October 10, 2016