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'Thank God it's not Atkinson': Liverpool supporters react to referee for Manchester City clash

The Premier League have confirmed who will be taking officiating duties during Liverpool’s biggest match of the season against Manchester City on Sunday.

Much to the delight of Kopites all over the country, it will not be Martin Atkinson taking to the pitch at Anfield come the weekend.

Instead, it will be Michael Oliver overseeing proceedings between the two current best teams in the country.

Oliver, 34, has 242 matches to his refereeing credentials and has issued 771 yellow cards since his Premier League debut back in 2010.

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 22: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool scoring the opening goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge on September 22, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

The Ashington-born official last took charge of Liverpool during their 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge where the Reds scored twice from quick-thinking free-kicks that were both awarded by Oliver.

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Arguably the European champions biggest match since the final in Madrid, a win for the Reds would see them open up an eye-watering nine-point-lead over the Premier League champions with only 12 games into the new season.

With so much controversy surrounding VAR and the current all-round performance of Premier League referees, it is paramount that the governing body ensures the right man is selected to oversee what could prove to be a title-deciding match.

The decision to award Oliver with the responsibility has gone down well with Red’s supporters and many have taken to Twitter to share their delight following the news that Atkinson will not be involved in the weekend fixture.

One supporter believes Oliver is the perfect man for the job, labelling the official the “best referee in the league”.

Another fan reacted to the news by addressing Oliver as the only ‘competent’ referee currently in the league.

It’s to no surprise that many Kopites were thrilled to learn Atkinson will not be officiating on Sunday.

The news has certainly gone down well with Liverpool fans with one supporter calling it ‘the best news of the day’.

Could this mean City will not be getting away with their notorious amount of ‘tactical fouls?

With the match not taking place until Sunday, some supporters are hoping that the positive response to Oliver’s appointment will not be tempting fates come the weekend.

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