Leicester City v Liverpool


DM at 2017-02-27 23:01:20

@Tugay_Is_God referees are promoted and removed at the end of the season just like clubs.  They are accountable through the assessment system and former managers and players also appraise referees via the delegate system.

DM at 2017-02-27 22:59:16

The @fa respect programme is in tatters and something urgent needs to be done.  Read my thoughts on the @youaretheref website HERE

DM at 2017-02-27 22:58:17

Don’t forget to tune in to the @youaretheref Ref Show, where Keith Hackett and Gary Megson join Alan Biggs to discuss the weekend’s action

DM at 2017-02-27 22:56:35

#LeiLiv Full Time Summary

Michael Oliver and his team can take credit from a job well done this evening.  Although there were no major decisions to make, Michael and his team did the little things well.  Decisions were made with confidence and were in the main correct.  Fitness, movement and positioning was a strength and the referee has excellent player management skills.  A premier league encounter with no cards issued is very rare and the referee’s style suited this match and enabled this to happen.  Keeping a trailing eye in to watch the ‘follow through’ challenges was the only development area I could offer the referee.  Overall, an impressive performance and a solid display from a highly efficient team of officials.  Job well done!

DM at 2017-02-27 22:52:52

Full Time



DM at 2017-02-27 22:48:29

Minimum of 5 minutes added time.  That appears to be excessive to me. Let’s hope nothing happens in these final stages.


DM at 2017-02-27 22:47:29

Leicester Sub 11 off, 3 on


DM at 2017-02-27 22:42:58

Michael Oliver has a word with Leicester about the time they are taking to restart play.  I mentioned this would be something the referee needed to be aware of earlier and he is right on it.


DM at 2017-02-27 22:40:51

Liverpool Sub 58 on, 21 off


DM at 2017-02-27 22:40:22

Vardy clashed heads with Wijnaldum, it took a while for Michael Oliver to stop the game.  Referees should take no risks with head injuries and stop the game immediately.


DM at 2017-02-27 22:36:47

Leicester sub 26 off, 22 on


DM at 2017-02-27 22:33:28

Can appeals for a penalty after a clumsy challenge by Ndidi.  I don’t think it was a penalty but the player needs to be careful.


DM at 2017-02-27 22:29:16

Michael Oliver signalled an advantage in the build up to the Leicester goal.  The Law now allows the referee to give a one handed signal but I prefer the old two handed signal myself, it looks clearer and more professional.  However, either way I couldn’t spot a foul in the build up and there is a trend emerging where referees seem to signal advantage when no offence has been committed.

DM at 2017-02-27 22:26:32

Leicester Sub 20 off, 13 on


DM at 2017-02-27 22:25:33

GOAL! Coutinho scores


DM at 2017-02-27 22:23:16

Liverpool Sub 20 off, 27 on

Liverpool Sub 19 off, 18 on


DM at 2017-02-27 22:17:52

GOAL! Vardy scores



DM at 2017-02-27 22:17:23

#LeiLiv Excellent decision by AR S Beck to flag offside against James Vardy.


DM at 2017-02-27 22:10:27

Although the referee was undoubtedly very close to the action during that last attack, he has to be careful not to penetrate the penalty area to deep as he could get in the way of play in such a key area.


DM at 2017-02-27 22:06:57

I spoke in the first-half about referees needing to be tactically aware and focused on what is going on around them.  Liverpool will be pressing hard to score and Leicester will be trying to ‘slow the game down’. Michael and his colleagues will have to manage this and be proactive.


DM at 2017-02-27 22:03:38

Leicester have been unrecognisable in the first half and Liverpool will have received a half-time team talk that is sure to see them come out fired up for the second half.  The match officials will have discussed their planned approach for the second-half at the break.  No risks and firm control will be required in these early stages, the next goal will be key.


DM at 2017-02-27 22:02:31

Michael Oliver gets the second half underway

DM at 2017-02-27 21:58:40

The @fa respect programme is in tatters and something urgent needs to be done.  Read my thoughts on the @youaretheref website HERE

DM at 2017-02-27 21:56:22

Don’t forget to tune in to the @youaretheref Ref Show, where Keith Hackett and Gary Megson join Alan Biggs to discuss the weekend’s action

DM at 2017-02-27 21:52:28

The first half had a period of high intensity in the opening 30 minutes but the officials have not been called upon to make any difficult decisions so far.  The referee Michael Oliver moves very well and gets in to very good positions (close proximity and a good viewing angle) to make decisions and this results in very little dissent from the players. The teamwork is of a high standard and the Assistants, like the referee, communicate decisively and clearly leaving nobody in any doubt as to the decisions that are made.  The only development area for the referee is his failure to spot three free-kicks when players have left a foot in after the ball has been played.  Keeping a trailing eye and focusing on the challenge after contact with the ball has been made should help the referee improve his detection rate of these offences.  So far the officials have done well.

DM at 2017-02-27 21:48:36

Half Time



DM at 2017-02-27 21:48:21

The shot from the halfway line by H11 Albrighton was always going wide but AR Cann was a long way from the goal line, should he have been needed.  Cann is vastly experienced but officials making their way up the ladder should try and sprint to the goal line at all times when the ball is played there so that they are in a good position to make a decision.


DM at 2017-02-27 21:45:47

Minimum of 2 minutes added time to be played


DM at 2017-02-27 21:44:55

Both Assistants have performed their duties very well so far, they are communicating clearly and decisively and are completely in tune with the referee.  The teamwork is so far of a high standard.


DM at 2017-02-27 21:41:42

The intensity of the game has dropped during the last 10 minutes or so but Leicester’s second goal means that Liverpool will start pressing now. The officials will need to see the first half out safely and take no risks.


DM at 2017-02-27 21:39:27

GOAL! Drinkwater scores


DM at 2017-02-27 21:34:01

#LeiLiv Good piece of teamwork there from the officials.  AR Beck correct to flag the offside and Michael Oliver correct to play the advantage.


DM at 2017-02-27 21:28:22

GOAL! Vardy scores



DM at 2017-02-27 21:27:54

There have been three ‘follow through’ tackles already in this game where players have fouled their opponent after the ball has been played.  A10 caught A17 and the referee again did not keep a trailing eye and pick up the offence.


DM at 2017-02-27 21:26:25

Playing advantage in the defensive third is always a risky option.  Although the Leicester player had space and the skill level of the players in the Premier League is high, I still think a free-kick award in that instance would have been preferable.


DM at 2017-02-27 21:24:41

Tactical awareness is an important requirement for referees.  Leicester have a long throw in specialist and Michael Oliver recognises this, adjusts his position and correctly spots the foul by H6 Huth.


DM at 2017-02-27 21:20:20

Very good offside flag by AR Simon Beck who indicates that A23 has come back in to play from an offside position


DM at 2017-02-27 21:18:19

AR Darren Cann is on the ball tonight as he spots that the ball comes off Vardy before going out of play, Darren Cann got that correct.


DM at 2017-02-27 21:17:05

A key feature of the referee’s performance so far is his excellent fitness and movement, he is ideally placed to award the free-kick for a foul by H4 there.  The close proximity creates a presence and helps sell the decision, not a single argument regarding the decision.


DM at 2017-02-27 21:14:16

#LeiLiv The game has started with both teams competing and pressuring their opponents.  Michael Oliver has missed a couple of late challenges and needs to keep a trailing eye in after the ball has been played.  I can sense a yellow card will come along shortly as the intensity of the game rises.


DM at 2017-02-27 21:12:04

Excellent spot by the referee for a foul by A32 as he pushes an opponent after the taking of the corner-kick.


DM at 2017-02-27 21:09:58

TV replays show that A19 Mane was lucky not to be penalised for a foul on his opponent.  Mane was fouled in the first 15 seconds and the referee did not award a free-kick.  It is vital that the referee keeps a trailing eye on the players after the ball has gone to ensure that he picks up these types of offences.


DM at 2017-02-27 21:08:32

Michael Oliver is a very confident referee and his signals are decisive and clear.  Referees cannot underestimate how important this aspect of communication is in selling decisions.


DM at 2017-02-27 21:05:02

AR Darren Cann correctly indicates an offside against Leicester. Although the attacker did not touch the ball he jumped and made a move towards it.


DM at 2017-02-27 21:02:30

After just 15 seconds there is a clash between H9 Vardy and A19 Mane, the referee awards a throw-in but in my opinion he should have given a free-kick to Liverpool as the Leicester player committed a careless challenge.  This shows the importance of being focused right from the start.

DM at 2017-02-27 21:00:22

Michael Oliver gets the game underway

DM at 2017-02-27 20:57:49

This is a very big game for both clubs and I would expect that the referee in his game plan will be stressing the need for concentration and focus throughout.  He will not want to take any unnecessary risks to his match control and I anticipate that there will be periods of the game when Michael Oliver will need to raise his profile accordingly.

DM at 2017-02-27 20:55:45

Coming in to this match, Michael has refereed 29 matches this season in all competitions, showing 91 yellow cards and dismissing 2 players.  Simon Beck and Darren Cann are two of the most experienced Assistants on the Premier League and I am sure that pre-match, the referee will be reinforcing the need to ‘wait and see’ regarding offside judgements’ so that Stuart Burt’s horrific mistake in the EFL Cup Final is not repeated.  Paul Tierney, tonight’s Fourth Official has made a very good start to life as a Select Group referee and it would be nice to see him get more middles especially as he was fourth official as well yesterday at Tottenham.

DM at 2017-02-27 20:52:10

Michael Oliver must now be in the hot seat to take over from Mark Clattenburg as England’s number one referee.  During previous ref cam reports, I have been impressed with Michael’s ability, he is naturally gifted, has excellent fitness, positioning and movement and is a very calming influence on the players.  However, Michael is prone to making some high profile errors, particularly in regard to recognition of challenges.  It is vital that he improves this area of his game if he is to officiate at a major tournament and completely fulfill his potential.

DM at 2017-02-27 20:47:46

There is a change of referee tonight, Lee Mason the originally appointed man in the middle has taken ill and has been replaced by Michael Oliver.  The Assistants are Simon Beck (technical area side) and Darren Cann (far side), with Paul Tierney holding the boards as fourth official.

DM at 2017-02-27 20:45:44

Welcome to tonight’s ref cam as Leicester City host Liverpool at the King Power Stadium.  Following the departure of Claudio Ranieri and the subsequent media coverage, the Leicester City players will be looking to prove a point and pick up the 3 points.