Some Liverpool supporters have reacted on Twitter after Michael Oliver was announced as the official to oversee refereeing responsibilities ahead of the Merseyside derby clash against Everton at the weekend.
Jurgen Klopp and his Premier League champions make the short trip across Stanley Park to Goodison this Saturday lunchtime as Liverpool are welcomed by an Everton side who are top of the league and have made a 100 per cent start to the 2020/21 campaign.
A win for the Reds will take them level on points with Carlo Ancelotti’s table-toppers who will be looking to win their first Merseyside derby since October 2010.
Liverpool will hope to bounce back following that humiliating 7-2 defeat at the hands of Aston Villa before the international break which was the club’s biggest loss since 1963.
It is one of the most iconic and fiercely contested rivalries in the country so a strong official not afraid to make big calls will be required for the game.
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Oliver is widely regarded as one of the best, if not the best in the business so the decision for the Ashington-born official to oversee proceedings at the weekend will certainly be a welcomed one.
He has taken charge of 269 Premier League matches since his debut in August 2010. In that period he has shipped out 852 yellow cards and 35 red cards.
Oliver was the official for Liverpool’s opening day Premier League clash with Leeds United last month. He was also the man in charge during an enthralling clash at the Etihad Stadium between Manchester City and Leicester as the latter ran out 5-2 winners during a match which saw Oliver award the Foxes three penalties.
The general consensus on Twitter surrounding the appointment for the weekend has been positive after a number of Kopites gave their opinion on the decision for Oliver to take charge of the 238th Merseyside derby this Saturday.
Michael Oliver for the Merseyside derby which seems sensible https://t.co/YidxspBoS4
— Andy Kelly (@AndyK_LivNews) October 12, 2020
Best referee in the country
— Kop Dog (@Kop_Dog) October 12, 2020
I’m not saying we’re lucky but It could have been worst.
— GUAKÍA 🇵🇷 (@bklynwpozzz) October 12, 2020
Best referee around. 👌
— Patrick Shaw* (@patrickshaw341) October 12, 2020
Good. Not afraid to make big calls.
— Mat (@momoneymosalah1) October 12, 2020
He’s always good for us.
— Andy Elmore 🏆 (@AndyElmore26) October 12, 2020
Oliver is the best in the English game. I don’t have a list, though.
— Don Kopleone (@donkopleone) October 12, 2020