Liverpool v Bournemouth


Full Time Summary

GB at 2018-04-14 19:23:01

#LFC #AFCB #LIVBOU We have all just seen a very competent performance from the newest recruit onto the elite list. Just what the doctored ordered, particularly in his first live EPL game, after one of the longest serving officials on the list hardly covered himself in glory at lunch time.

For those scratching around for controversy, there was only a hint of a nudge in the back on Mohamed Salah (L 11) in the penalty area in the 66th minute, but there was nothing in that for me.

Take that very minor isolated incident out of this game and all there is left for Kavanagh to reflect upon is a missed caution for Jordan Henderson (L 14) in the 50th minute, and I expect he would have taken just that before the match started. That was a shame, as it was the only blemish which could affect tis referees mark at the end of this game.

All-in-all that was a very solid performance from a new referee which bodes very well for the future if he can keep up the form he showed today as the tougher games come his way.

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GB at 2018-04-14 19:21:44


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GB at 2018-04-14 19:20:47

Full Time


GB at 2018-04-14 19:18:33

Minimum of 3 added minutes


GB at 2018-04-14 19:17:08


9     Roberto Firmino (L 9)


GB at 2018-04-14 19:15:53

The referee communicating well right to the end as his body language supports his voice as he advises the Bournemouth player to calm down.


GB at 2018-04-14 19:12:15

It is a joy to see a referee coverring as much ground as Kavanagh has in this game. He also puts that extra effort in as shown following that sprint which ended with an offside call, he gave the free kick then immediate started running backwards to his restart position. New referees could learn a lot from watching how this referee moves and positions himself.


GB at 2018-04-14 19:09:30

In his 13th game at this level, Kavanagh is showing good confidence in the way he communicates with the players and is getting good respect in return.


GB at 2018-04-14 19:04:13

Perm any one from 4 then as Kirkup picks off another easy offside.


GB at 2018-04-14 19:02:01

Excellent fitness and speed off the mark demonstrated by the referee then as Liverpool came charging forwards again. Pumping those arms when you run always makes it look like you are moving even faster.


GB at 2018-04-14 18:58:07

GOAL! Mohamed Salah (L 11)


GB at 2018-04-14 18:57:01


Oh dear? And it was all going so well?

Big shout for a penalty as Mohamed Salah (L 11) feels a hand on his shoulder and goes straight down as he enters the Bournemouth penalty area. For what it is worth, that would have been the softest penalty all season for me if the officials had contrived between them to give that. Well done for playing on!



GB at 2018-04-14 18:53:15

Basic stuff again I know, but Kavanagh demonstrating how to make his whistle talk by varying the length and tone according to the offence.


GB at 2018-04-14 18:50:49

And yet another tight offside call. The officials have supported each other well with good calls in this game so far.


GB at 2018-04-14 18:49:36

This referee continues where he left off in the first half as he is always looking to play the advantage whenever it is safe to do so without risking his control


GB at 2018-04-14 18:48:15

First offside inthe second half and Lee Betts signals another straight forward offence


GB at 2018-04-14 18:46:40


And then we had the classic charge of inconsistency as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (L 21) quite rightly picks up a yellow card Yellow Card for a very similar challenge to the one a few minutes earlier. We have all done that at some point in out careers as referees! The main thing is that Kavanagh had the sense not to make the same mistake twice.


GB at 2018-04-14 18:40:42

The first blot on this referee’s copy book this game goes down for his lenience then following that reckless challenge by Jordan Henderson (L 14). He must be careful not to let his guard down just because things have been going smoothly so far. That challenge should certainly have resulted in a sanction.


GB at 2018-04-14 18:37:32


Safe free kick awarded by Kavanagh then for a high foot (dangerous play as no contact) – don’t blame him. When the game has gone as well as it has so far for him there is no need to take chances. I have a feeling the 4th official had a say in that one mind as the referee gave him a thumbs up! I don’t mind the 4th Official getting involved even though it is not in his job description if it is not serious, but the learning point for the referee is not to make it so obvious!


GB at 2018-04-14 18:32:18

Bournemouth get second half under way

Half time Summary

GB at 2018-04-14 18:26:11


A very comfortable (dare I say easy) first half for all the officials. Just 9 free kicks for Referee Kavanagh to call in his first time in front of the cameras, but a few more opportunities to signal an offence had been seen but play could safely continue.

Sometimes referees do not get enough credit for orchestrating a straight forward contest without raising their profile unnecessary, but so far I think Chris Kavanagh has done really well to just keep out of it and concentrate on his movement, positioning and body language. The only caution came at a good time for him to set his tolerance level and he did well no to try to “manage” that clear yellow card offence for unsporting behaviour as the Bournemouth player broke up a promising move with his foul challenge.

Only half the job done so far though, so he will be telling his troops to remain focussed and alert for the next 45 minutes I am sure.

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GB at 2018-04-14 18:18:20


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GB at 2018-04-14 18:17:41

Half Time

Liverpool 1 v 0 Bourenmouth


GB at 2018-04-14 18:16:40

Minimum of 1 added minute


GB at 2018-04-14 18:15:42


The ball may just have skidded off the surface and struck the Bournemouth player on the hand then but there was no way it was a deliberate movement of the hand towards the ball – no offence.


GB at 2018-04-14 18:13:58

As the game enters the final 5 minutes of the first half the referee will be looking to close it out without a big call if he can help it so he can regroup with his team soon and preserve what they have so far.


GB at 2018-04-14 18:11:39

The referee did well to hold his nerve then as both players were holding each other, he waited to see who would let go first and see if there was a chance to keep playing.


GB at 2018-04-14 18:09:22

AR1 Lee Betts could be seen signalling that the Bournemouth player had returned from an offside position which is considered best practice in communication with everyone these days.


GB at 2018-04-14 18:07:28

Another example of how the younger fitter referees stand out is the way this referee stays on his toes and jogs backwards when required. These little things make all the difference in keeping everything in view and looking the part. Excellent body language.


GB at 2018-04-14 18:05:41

Nice little cameo then by Kavanagh as he just accelerated to get an angle as the Liverpool player entered the penalty area. Basic stuff but not all of the longer serving referees on the list are putting that extra effort in these days.


GB at 2018-04-14 18:01:29


30 minutes gone and the man in the middle will be well pleased with the way his first Live EPL has gone so far.


GB at 2018-04-14 17:59:51

Careless challenge by Lewis Cook (B 16) free kick and nothing more required. The referee was well placed to stop play immediately.


GB at 2018-04-14 17:56:27

The referee correctly playing on from another offside signal then as the ball ends up in the goalkeeper’s hands followed by another confident advantage immediately in the centre of the field of play. He is certainly intent on keeping this game going as much as he can.


GB at 2018-04-14 17:54:41

Nice easy offside for Lee Betts right under his nose.


GB at 2018-04-14 17:53:22

Good not offside call that time from Kirkup as Sadio Mané (L19) broke forward again, but I have to say the AR did look a little behind the play as the Liverpool player advanced at pace.


GB at 2018-04-14 17:51:20

The game is panning out well for Kavanagh to settle into at the moment as all the fouls like that last obvious trip are no contentious and the resulting free kicks have been expected.


GB at 2018-04-14 17:48:57


Sound yellow card Yellow Card delivered to Nathan Ake (B 5) for unsporting behaviour for stopping that promising move. No referee wants the first yellow card to be a soft one but there was no way that challenge could be managed by anything else but the first disciplinary sanction of the game. Good one to set tolerance level with.


GB at 2018-04-14 17:46:20

AR2 Peter Kirkup got caught between a rock and a hard place then with that offside. Good decision, but he dropped anchor as he delayed his signal and would have been miles away had play not been stopped. That was one where the flag could have gone up straight away as there was only one player going to be involved in the active play and he was the one in the offside position.


GB at 2018-04-14 17:43:38

OPening exchanges have seen referee Chris Kavanagh looking very calm and composed as shown by that over-rule of unnecessary offside signal from AR1 Lee Betts


GB at 2018-04-14 17:41:23

9 minutes in and the first free kick is an easy deliberate hand ball by Dan Gosling (B 4). Not every handball is a yellow card of course.


GB at 2018-04-14 17:40:06

GOAL! Sadio Mané (L19)


GB at 2018-04-14 17:38:26

AR2 Peter Kirkup could be seen shading his eyes from the sun at that corner. ARs on the national list were forbidden from wearing caps some years ago. Don’t understand why personally.


GB at 2018-04-14 17:36:30

Steady opening 5 minutes for the officials with no need to get involved yet


GB at 2018-04-14 17:34:02

Good to see the referee getting a quick advantage signal out then – not the most important decision but he will be happy to have bagged that one early in the game. Will do his confidence good.

kick off

GB at 2018-04-14 17:30:52

Bournemouth won the toss so it will be Liverpool to kick off.

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GB at 2018-04-14 17:25:19

Not long to go now as the players and officials prepare to leave the tunnel


GB at 2018-04-14 17:23:32


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GB at 2018-04-14 17:20:09


Today’s officials are:

Referee: Chris Kavanagh

AR1: Lee Betts (Technical Area)

AR2: Peter Kirkup

4th Official: Bobby Madley

Chris Kavanagh comes into his first Live Premier League TV game this season with a not too shabby 12 games under his belt at this stage of his first full term in the top flight. A look back at his appointments in his first season shows that he has been sensibly kept out of the firing line due to his experience, so this fixture seems like the ideal opportunity to bring him into the limelight.

At 31 years old, the sky is the limit for this referee who has certainly not done himself any harm at all so far by hitting the ground running and keeping out of trouble with his down to earth low-key man-management style and top quality fitness and movement.

This should be a fair test of this referee’s strength of character, so I am really looking forward to seeing what game plan he employs to manage this one when the players start piling the pressure on him.

Here are the starting line-ups for this game:

GB at 2018-04-14 17:18:04


1     Loris Karius (L 1)

4     Virgil van Dijk (L 4)

5     Georginio Wijnaldum (L 5)

6     Dejan Lovren (L 6)

9     Roberto Firmino (L 9)

11   Mohamed Salah (L 11)

14   Jordan Henderson (L 14)

19   Sadio Mané (L19)

21   Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (L 21)

26   Andy Robertson (L 26)

66   Trent Alexander-Arnold (L 66)


7     James Milner (L 7)

17   Ragnar Klavan (L 17)

18   Alberto Moreno (L 18)

22   Simon Mignolet (L 22)

28   Danny Ings (L 28)

29   Dominic Solanke (L 29)

58   Ben Wooburn (L 58)


27   Asmir Begovic (B27)

2     Simon Francis (B 2)

3     Steve Cook (B 3)

4     Dan Gosling (B 4)

5     Nathan Ake (B 5)

11   Charlie Daniels (B 11)

16   Lewis Cook (B 16)

17   Joshua King (B 17)

18   Lewis Grabban (B 28)

24   Ryan Fraser (B 24)

33   Jordon Ibe (B 33)


1     Artur Boruc (B 1)

6     Andrew Surman (B 6)

7     Marc Pugh (B 7)

13   Callum Wilson (B 13)

14   Bradley Smith (B 14)

31   Lys Mousset (B 31)

42   Jack Simpson (B 42)


GB at 2018-04-14 17:13:18


Motivating his players will be the last thing Jürgen Klopp needs to worry about this afternoon following the way they finished the job on Manchester City on Tuesday night – even if they did get a bit of help from one of the worst offside decisions I have seen for a very long time [a player can only be penalised for being in an offside position if he receives the ball last touched or played by a team-mate, unless there has been a deflection].

Eddie Howe on the other hand will also not have any issues around raising the game from his squad as one more win will mean breaking through the mythical 40 point barrier, which historically has provided the security required before clubs can start planning for next season in the top flight.

Bournemouth have won just 3 games on the road this season and have never beaten Liverpool in the EPL at Anfield, so they could be forgiven for throwing caution to the wind this afternoon, even if they go down in flames, there is no point in them coming up here to park the bus!


GB at 2018-04-14 17:07:57


Welcome to this early evening’s RefCam coverage of the EPL game between Liverpool and Bournemouth. Minute by minute commentary from the referee’s perspective is about to follow.

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