By Keith Hackett

17th May, 2022 | 10:40am

Ex-Fifa official: Referee deserved to be substituted as 'nightmare' Liverpool claim issued

John Moss put in a “nightmare” performance as Liverpool beat Aston Villa 2-1 last week (10 May), according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee claimed Moss should have been substituted at Villa Park as he was so off the pace.

There were 22 fouls in the game but the 51-year-old kept his cards in his pockets and enraged Steven Gerrard in the process.

As quoted by the Mirror after the game, Gerrard claimed he wanted the referee’s performance “looked at” and he was happy that he is set to retire at the end of the season.

The Telegraph reported last month (28 April) that Moss will hang up his whistle and become the new manager of the select group one referees who look after Premier League games.

“He had a nightmare,” Hackett said after analysing the game with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“His performance lacked credibility because of his poor position, lack of concentration and inconsistent decision making. It was everything you’d expect from a referee who has just started refereeing, not someone who’s refereed at the very highest level of the English game.
“The whole point about introducing professional referees was you cannot have an off day.

“When I watched this game I was thinking if there is ever a time that a referee should be substituted, it is now.”

The game at Villa Park may be Moss’ last as a referee after he was not given a match in gameweek 37.

Aston Villa host Burnley on Thursday (19 May) before travelling to Champions-elect Man City on the final day.

In other news, a Liverpool 21-yr-old has agreed to quit the club after an agreement.