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Liverpool find out referee appointment for Manchester United clash

Paul Tierney will be the referee in charge of Liverpool v Manchester United at the weekend but Jurgen Klopp will be hoping he avoids a repeat of last year’s events.

The champions fierce rivals could be three points ahead of them at the top of the table, depending on how their game in hand against Burnely plays out as Sunday’s fixture could become crucial in the title race.

After dropping points against West Brom, Newcastle and Southampton, Klopp needs his side to replicate a performance much like the fixture against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men in the previous campaign.

Last year’s game at Anfield between the sides became such a pivotal fixture, LFC players have described it as the result which led them to truly believe they would eventually lift the Premier League trophy.

A similar performance and result, could do Liverpool wonders.

However, the confirmed referee appointment could be a bad omen for Jurgen Klopp with Paul Tierney to officiate and Stuart Attwell on VAR duties with their recent history.

Back in July, when the Reds faced Aston Villa near the end of the previous campaign, Tierney was also the man in the middle.

While the champions eventually won the game 2-0, with goals from Sadio Mane and Curtis jones, the official and Klopp clashed.

With the scoreline still at 0-0, Tierney failed to spot a foul on Gini Wijnaldum and Klopp, as the manager has become known for, was not afraid to let his frustrations about the decision – or lack thereof – be known.

Raging and demanding to know as to why a freekick wasn’t awarded for his side, Tierney was quick to respond.

Turning to the fuming boss he admitted: “I missed it Jurgen. I’m like players, I’m going to make mistakes. I missed it. Get over it.”

It wasn’t a response that calmed the German down.

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Tierney has been in charge of Liverpool twice so far this season, overseeing the 2-0 win at Chelsea in which he eventually sent off Andreas Christensen via the help of VAR, and the goalless draw at Newcastle.

It won’t be his first appointment on Merseyside either, as he ruled over Manchester United’s 3-1 victory over Everton in November.

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