Liverpool fanatics have puzzled the verdict to nominate Paul Tierney as referee for Sunday’s assembly with Guy United, owing to his fresh historical past of consequences awarded.
Tierney has been given tasks for the impending identify conflict, with Stuart Attwell appointed as VAR and Craig Pawson as fourth respectable.
It’s the 3rd time Tierney has refereed a Liverpool recreation this season, following the 2-Zero win at Chelsea in September and the 0-Zero draw away to Newcastle on the finish of December, and his 14th time overseeing the Reds general.
Liverpool’s document with the 40-year-old blowing the whistle is 8 wins, 3 attracts and two defeats from 13 video games, with most effective Bournemouth (9) and Guy Town (13) recording extra victories in fixtures he has refereed.
However one statistic has been famous by way of Reds supporters as a priority forward of the derby at Anfield, with Tierney having by no means awarded the membership a penalty in the ones 13 video games.
Apparently, he has most effective as soon as given a penalty in opposition to Liverpool, too, that being Jorginho’s failed spot-kick at Stamford Bridge previous this season.
As Liverpool author Stephen Drennan identified, alternatively, Tierney has given United 5 consequences in his 13 video games in control of the Manchester membership – the joint-most of any aspect, at the side of Town:
Paul Tierney has awarded Manchester United five consequences in his final 10 fits – and 1 in opposition to.
He has awarded Liverpool Zero consequences in 14 fits – and 1 in opposition to (Chelsea).
His position of place of abode is “Lancashire” in step with Transfermarkt. https://t.co/QOO6011ww5
— Stephen Drennan (@babuyagu) January 12, 2021
The ones 5 have all come within the final 10 United video games he has served as referee for, and all within the final two years, with different Reds fuelling the theory on Twitter:
Paul Tierney is the ref on Sunday.
The final time Paul Tierney refereed a Liverpool fit, he did not see this ?? percent.twitter.com/2eHwOCxmJe
— Kop On! An LFC (Champions) Podcast (@koponpodcast) January 12, 2021
So we are beginning the fit 1-Zero down from a Fernandes penalty within the 24th min (no VAR evaluate used to be required, it is United)
— Roy O (@cro1) January 12, 2021
At all times in opposition to us. Conventional.
— themaellen* (@themaellen) January 12, 2021
In the meantime, one United fan identified an excellent twist of fate:
Can not spell Paul Tierney with out Penalty
— Joe Lambon (@LambonJoe) January 12, 2021
If truth be told, accusations of bias are made in opposition to virtually each and every referee this is appointed to a Premier League recreation – by way of each units of supporters – however Tierney’s document is notable given the new back-and-forth between Jurgen Klopp and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“I listen now that Manchester United had extra consequences in two years than I had in five-and-a-half years,” Klopp mentioned after the 1-Zero loss to Southampton.
“I’ve no concept if that’s my fault, or how that may occur.”
Solskjaer answered by way of announcing: “I don’t rely what number of consequences they’ve had, so in the event that they wish to spend time on being concerned about after we get fouled within the field…I don’t spend time on that.”
Klopp has in the past expressed frustration at Tierney’s officiating when the referee ignored a transparent foul on Gini Wijnaldum within the 2-Zero victory over Aston Villa in July, however his criticised used to be met with a reaction from Tierney that he used to be “going to make errors” and to “recover from it.”
Referees are no doubt put below substantial force of their line of labor, however Michael Oliver’s fresh admission that he will have to have despatched Jordan Pickford off for his season-ending problem on Virgil van Dijk presentations they’re fallible.
Apparently, LFCTV commentator John Bradley has identified that Tierney is “no longer even a Champions League referee,” arguing that “you possibly can usually be expecting a type of to be in control of a recreation between the highest two.”
It will possibly no doubt be put ahead that referees would no longer damage into the highest tier of the Champions League if they aren’t examined in fixtures of this magnitude, after all, and the hope is that Sunday’s conflict is going by way of with out controversy.