Everton v Liverpool


RH at 2016-12-19 23:21:20

So the Refereeing talking points in this game were

  • Mike Dean shows a  yellow card as Barclay commits a act of Serious Foul play and  endangers the safety of an opponent
  • The response to the Barclay challenge questions his decision to show a card early at the expense of thinking time and the use of colleagues
  • Overall game management much in evidence as the Referee uses his experience to good effect
  • A strong technical performance regarding positioning, final third viewing angles and movement

I’m sure that Mane’s late winner will emerge as the media’s main talking point from this game as the Reds take the honours. But our focus is of course on the Match Officials and our talking point is a different one. Barclays second half challenge on Henderson was greeted with a caution from Mike Dean, he produced yellow early and I suspect he was motivated by the desire to keep order as players of both teams rushed in, I understand that, but on reflection it proved costly as the use of thinking time and input from colleagues may have produced the correct outcome of a Red Card shown for Serious Foul Play as Barclay clearly endangered the safety of the Liverpool skipper with that challenge. Did Lee Mason offer advice over the head set or was he subdued by the Referee reaching for his card quickly? we can only speculate. This incident was the only disappointing aspect of Mike Dean’s performance, yes Barclay did delay the restart of play late on following his fortuitous yellow card but to have produced a second yellow for such an offence was not in keeping with his overall game management, however ironic that would have been given that Barclay should not have been on the field of play at that point. The first half was text book Refereeing as was much of the second, maybe in the final analysis it was fortunate that Liverpool will grab the spotlight after this game. Both Assistants did well, I’m not sure what if any angle Simon Long got on the Barclay challenge. So I find myself saying pretty much the same thing that I said after mike Dean’s game at Middlesbrough two weeks ago, for the most part a great performance but blighted by one incident, this time though I think he has reminded us all of a big learning point, as with Craig Pawson at the weekend, give yourself thinking time!


RH at 2016-12-19 22:56:40

Full Time

Summary to follow


RH at 2016-12-19 22:55:02

A superb gaol line clearance by Coleman and a substitution causing another break in play


RH at 2016-12-19 22:53:26

A break in play as the stewards deal with an intruder


RH at 2016-12-19 22:51:26


Mane scores from the rebound 1-0 Liverpool


RH at 2016-12-19 22:50:32

Mike Dean closing in well to track that breakaway move from Lukaku


RH at 2016-12-19 22:48:50

What ever has gone on before the Referee has retained his composure and is still in control of the final hectic stages of this game


RH at 2016-12-19 22:47:21

A minimum of 8 minutes additional time to be played!


RH at 2016-12-19 22:46:05

Gueye worried that his careless midfield challenge might earn him a second yellow card, but rightly no more than a free kick

RH at 2016-12-19 22:44:50

We’re covering two more Liverpool games on Refcam so why not join us again on 27th December when the revitalised Stoke are in opposition, then on New Year’s Eve we’re covering Manchester City’s visit to Anfield, two games not to be missed!


RH at 2016-12-19 22:43:35

The tempo is certainly back up there now!


RH at 2016-12-19 22:43:06

Yellow CardGueye rightly earns a yellow card for a reckless challenge



RH at 2016-12-19 22:42:18

Barclay is really treading a fine line, lucky to be on a ten dealing the restart, Mike Dean deciding that it wasn’t worth a second yellow, lucky boy!


RH at 2016-12-19 22:37:58

There is a big learning point from that incident, this being the merits of showing a quick card to defuse emotions as a against the wisdom of  thinking time and the use of your colleagues.


RH at 2016-12-19 22:35:58

Its worth noting that as that challenge was near the half way line and touch line, there wasn’t much support from the Fourth Official and nearest Assistant, however the Referee didn’t help himself by allowing no thinking time by producing the yellow card quickly

RH at 2016-12-19 22:33:26

Mike Dean is a great Referee, he gets only one view and one angle, but when he views that Barclay challenge on Henderson again I’m sure he’ll have a different opinion!


RH at 2016-12-19 22:30:48

Going back to that Barclay challenge on Henderson, I’ve just viewed a replay of the challenge and its more than Reckless, its endangering the safety of an opponent, it should have been RED!


RH at 2016-12-19 22:28:58

Mane gains no sympathy from Mike Dean as he goes to ground, the Referee was right as the Liverpool man actually caught he head as fell under fair contact, credit though to Everton as they put the ball out for Mane to get treatment

RH at 2016-12-19 22:26:12

Yellow CardBarclay late and Reckless on Henderson, tha leads to handbags where Lovren leads the posse, silly boy as he’s already on a caution.

Yellow CardColeman picks up a caution himself in the ensuing crowd scene, following discussion with Simon Long


RH at 2016-12-19 22:22:58

An interesting midfield challenge by Klavan earlier, a hint of two feet, but I would need to see another reply to form any kind of view, lets see if TV oblige?


RH at 2016-12-19 22:20:27

Stekelenburg is in trouble here following that challenge with Baines and Mane, that’s the end of his night so enter, Robles! Mike Dean lightens the moment with some banter with the Everton physio!


RH at 2016-12-19 22:16:59

An example of the Referee’s great final third positiong was that incident where Mane got the last touch ahead of Stekelenburg and Baines and the award of a goal kick, perfect positioning, proximity and viewing angle, superb!


RH at 2016-12-19 22:12:50

Yellow CardFirst caution as Lovren impedes Lukaku to break up a promising Everton attack


RH at 2016-12-19 22:11:22

Good non flag by Adrian Homes as Lukaku was onside before he headed over for Everton


RH at 2016-12-19 22:09:05

Another good advantage as Valenicia goes in careless on Mane!


RH at 2016-12-19 22:07:26

Great advantage as Lennon goes in hard on Origi, spot on!

RH at 2016-12-19 22:05:30

Liverpool starting the stronger this half so again Simon Long getting his eye in early!


RH at 2016-12-19 22:04:03

Advantage played as Mane was bulked during that Liverpool attack,

RH at 2016-12-19 22:01:45

The second half has commenced!

RH at 2016-12-19 21:55:37

Well you could say that the game is yet to ignite when you consider we’re talking about a Merseyside derby, but from a Refereeing point of view Mike Dean you could say that Mike Dean has played his hand perfectly so far, his game management is spot on, his recognition of offences and in particular reading of acceptable verses careless contact has earned him respect from the players and has kept the spotlight off himself. In all fairness the players attitude has definitely helped, I’m sure that will be tested in the second half but that’s only to be expected where so much is at stake. Technically the Referee is moving well, reading play well and getting into good viewing positions in and around the penalty areas. Both Assistants look solid, Simon Long the busier in the first half. I remember making similar comments in Mike Dean’s last Monday night game at Boro when he got sucked in during the second half, so come on Deano, don’t drop your guard and keep this up!

RH at 2016-12-19 21:46:46

Half Time



RH at 2016-12-19 21:46:30

A minimum of one minute additional time to be played!


RH at 2016-12-19 21:46:02

Barclay grabs a handful of his opponents shirt and then grounds him, spot on free kick


RH at 2016-12-19 21:43:10

Well that early tempo could never be maintained and this past 15 minutes or so has not been so competitive, I’m sure that will change in the second half!

RH at 2016-12-19 21:41:04

We’re covering two more Liverpool games on Refcam so why not join us again on 27th December when the revitalised Stoke are in opposition, then on New Year’s Eve we’re covering Manchester City’s visit to Anfield, two games not to be missed!


RH at 2016-12-19 21:40:26

Earlier on Lallana and Coleman came together, nothing serious at this stage but something that Mike Dean might need to be aware of should the tempo rise!


RH at 2016-12-19 21:38:10

TV replays showing that Henderson’s arm contact with the ball came after the ball had struck his body, no offence in my view!


RH at 2016-12-19 21:36:31

Technically the Referee is working in the channels with his movement, but is prepared to be flexible in the final third to gain optimum penalty area viewing!


RH at 2016-12-19 21:33:39

Wijnaldum carelessly grounded for a Liverpool free kick, quite right!


RH at 2016-12-19 21:32:11

Game management is the Refereeing talking point at the moment and the Referee is not allowing himself to become the centre of attention, not everyday we say that about Mike Dean is it?


RH at 2016-12-19 21:30:07

As the ball is played in from the resulting free kick Liverpool are penalised for penalty area grappling, free kick Everton


RH at 2016-12-19 21:28:36

Baines careless on Mane results in a Liverpool free kick!


RH at 2016-12-19 21:25:59

The tempo hasn’t slackened in the opening 25 minutes, Mike Dean has held steady with his acceptable verses careless contact reading, so the free kick count is less than we might have expected for this type of game


RH at 2016-12-19 21:23:43

The Referee demonstrating that he is prepared to sprint around the attacking third of the field of play to gain good viewing angles, great Refereeing!


RH at 2016-12-19 21:21:14

Valencia trying too hard for a free kick as he went to ground, no simulation though!


RH at 2016-12-19 21:19:20

It’s early, its 0-0 both teams are in the game and so far the players are responding to the Referees management of the game, I’m sure that goals will challenge the status quo, but at the moment its working!


RH at 2016-12-19 21:16:38

That should have been NOT penalising the contact


RH at 2016-12-19 21:16:04

Lukaku again goes to ground but the Referee is consistent in penalising the contact


RH at 2016-12-19 21:14:19

Barclay chasing the ball from an offside position and being flagged by Simon Long


RH at 2016-12-19 21:12:45

But when Firmino steps across Valenicia the Referee has no choice other than to award a free kick!


RH at 2016-12-19 21:11:51

Mike Dean’s experience and confidence are much in evidence regarding the level of player contact, act that he is allowing, so far its going well for him


RH at 2016-12-19 21:10:10

Mane then Baines go to ground and no free kick, the players accepting the Referees actions and we move on!


RH at 2016-12-19 21:08:04

Mane shoves Baines and concedes a free kick


RH at 2016-12-19 21:07:29

As you would expect from a Merseyside derby the game has started at a high tempo


RH at 2016-12-19 21:05:31

Noticeable early on that the Referee is aware of players leaving their foot in and he’s acknowledging that when it happens, good pro-active Refereeing!

RH at 2016-12-19 21:03:09

Valencia hassles Henderson, no problem but the Referee thumbs up the Liverpool skipper to say that he saw it


RH at 2016-12-19 21:01:44

Lukaku goes to ground but nothing doing!

RH at 2016-12-19 21:00:52

If you are watching the game on TV, Simon Long is operating on the far side and the other Assistant Adrian Holmes is running the nearside touch line.

RH at 2016-12-19 21:00:13

Our match Referee Mike Dean gets us underway!

RH at 2016-12-19 20:57:06

The teams and Match Officials have entered the field of play!

RH at 2016-12-19 20:51:03

The following is an extract from Jason Pettigroves excellent ‘Runners and Riders’ piece that can be found on the ‘You are the Ref’ website ahead of each weekend’s Premier League action!

Mike Dean: Everton v Liverpool                                                                                                             Assistants: S. Long and A. Holmes Fourth official: L. Mason

It was only a matter of time wasn’t it. A referee from the Wirral taking charge of the biggest game that Merseyside has to offer.

Have PGMOL learned nothing when it comes to placement of officials in certain games? Any fall out from this match will have been because they’ve brought it upon themselves, no one else can be blamed.

Again, YATR is not making any suggestion that Mike Dean will be anything but impartial, but the mere fact he has been installed has already given the chattering classes at Anfield and Goodison Park something to chew on.

It’s been a while since the Toffees won this fixture – six years in fact. Ronald Koeman’s side aren’t in their best form but if they’re able to inflict more pain on Jurgen Klopp, it will be the best possible early Christmas present for those of the blue persuasion.

A festive treat for the TV cameras awaits….

Mike Dean – all you need to know                                                                                                     Matches in 2016/17: 13 (8 on TV) Fourth official appointments in 2016/17: 5 Football League appointments in 2016/17: 14


RH at 2016-12-19 20:45:26

Tonight’s Match Referee is Mike Dean his Assistant Referees are Simon Long and Adrian Holmes, the Fourth Official is Lee Mason

RH at 2016-12-19 20:37:27

Without doubt the Merseyside derby is a stand out fixture! The Toffee’s still need to continue the momentum from that great victory over Arsenal and challenge for a European place, as for the Reds they’re feeling good after a great win at Boro and another three points will take them into second place, what a fantastic game we’ve got for you!