By Harvey Byrne
Anthony Taylor has been appointed the referee for Liverpool’s clash against Manchester United – and Reds fans reacted on Twitter with disappointment to the decision.
The Merseysiders are preparing to host their fierce rivals at Anfield next Monday with both side’s in good form.
However, the Premier League confirmed on Monday afternoon that Taylor, from Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester was picked to officiate the match between the two country giants.
The news has caused an uproar with many of the Liverpool fan base and some took to social media claiming the referee would show a bias to United.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
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 is a questionable Referee for any game. But to be officiating the Liverpool v Utd game is crazy considering he's from Manc
— Charlie (@wotsie2) October 10, 2016
Just found out Anthony Taylor is from Greater Manchester!
How is that even possible?!
— Ahmad Alquraishi (@Amquraishi) October 10, 2016
Anthony Taylor to officiate in the #LFC vs Scum game…
— Simply_Noch LFC™ (@nochdawe) October 10, 2016
Anthony Taylor from Manchester and also not that good gets the big of the season then #LFC
— Ian (@TROUBLEAGAIN09) October 10, 2016
— Lebigmc (@lebigmc5times) October 10, 2016
According to Taylor’s Wikipedia page, the referee supports non-league side Altrincham.
However, many are led to believe that the referee has ties to one of the country’s biggest club’s, which is in a short distance of where the official is from.
Despite the choice of referee, the match is still expected to be a hotly contested fixture with Jurgen Klopp’s side in fourth set to take on Jose Mourinho’s team in sixth and three points separating the two teams.
The two rivals last met in March in the Europa League with the pair playing out a 1-1 draw with Liverpool running out 3-1 winners on aggregate.
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