By Keith Hackett

23rd Nov, 2022 | 12:42pm

Ex-Fifa official: Premier League official should not referee Liverpool again after source's reveal

Keith Hackett has suggested Michael Oliver should not referee another Liverpool game this season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee delivered his verdict after it was revealed Oliver apologised to Jurgen Klopp for his performance in Liverpool’s 3-2 defeat to Arsenal last month (9 October).

Sources told Football Insider last week (16 November) that the 37-year-old personally apologised to Klopp when he took charge of the Reds’ 2-1 loss to Leeds United last month (29 October).

Oliver made a number of questionable calls at the Emirates as Arsenal were awarded a penalty for a soft challenge on Gabriel Jesus and Liverpool were denied a penalty for a handball by Gabriel.

“I’m totally against it,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“The apology that Michael wants to make, he can make but it has to come through the PGMOL management.

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“Will Michael Oliver referee Liverpool during the remainder of the season? If that had happened on my watch, Oliver would not be refereeing Liverpool for the remainder of the season, it’s as simple as that.

“For an experienced match official, although he’s young in years, if he did this off his own back then he got it wrong. If he was advised by the PGMOL then I think that is even worse.

“I’ve been in that position where a referee makes a mistake, we’re human we do make mistakes. That was down to me, as boss of the PGMOL, to go and pick the phone up or go and visit the manager and talk it through.

“There is a balance in the discussion, it’s a weighing scale. ‘Oh, by the way, look how well Michael Oliver applied this advantage. Look how Michael Oliver did this positively.’

“He didn’t have his best game, there’s no question about that. He recognises that.

“But that’s PGMOL management to sort that out and to say to Klopp ‘Look, we’ve talked to the referee, he’s sympathetic that you are unhappy with his performance. Cheerio’.

“The other side of that is, Oliver could have gone into Klopp’s dressing room 30 minutes after the game and there could have been that discussion.”

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