By Keith Hackett

30th Nov, 2021 | 4:50pm

Ex-Fifa referee: Officials have already taken action after Klopp's Liverpool-Everton mind games

The PGMOL have pre-empted Jurgen Klopp’s complaints about the Merseyside derby by appointing a team of experienced officials as Liverpool travel to Everton on Wednesday night.

That is the view of ex-Fifa and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Klopp claimed the derbies with Everton are “too physical”.

The Liverpool boss told Sky Sports after his side’s win over Southampton at the weekend he was not a fan of the “intensity” when the two Merseyside clubs meet.

At last season’s meeting at Goodison Park Virgil van Dijk suffered a season-ending injury while Thiago Alcantara also picked up a knee injury which saw him miss the next 10 Premier League games.

“When you are given a big derby game the referee will prepare ahead,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“There are no doubts, I’ve refereed the Merseyside derby in the past, I’ve even done it at Wembley where it was a little bit less intense, and at Anfield and Goodison Park, the atmosphere is absolutely electric.

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“To some degree, the intensity of the players increases because of the noise. Everybody is closing everybody down because everybody is giving 100 per cent and that is the intensity.

“The PGMOL have recognised that. They have Paul Tierney as the referee, he’s a referee in form, they’ve got John Moss, another experienced referee as the fourth official. Then you’ve got Michael Oliver and Sian Massey-Ellis as VAR operators.

“They recognise it is a game of importance and intensity and as a result, they’ve put a very strong team out to officiate this game.”

“Physicality exists when the two Merseyside teams come together, it’s what happens.”

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