Liverpool v Chelsea


GT at 2017-01-31 23:03:15

Thank you all again for all of your tweets and messages…it is a pleasure to read and react to them.

Looking forward to joining you again at the weekend when I return for Spurs v Middlesbrough

GT at 2017-01-31 23:01:43

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GT at 2017-01-31 23:00:57

In summary, an excellent game played by two excellent sides and refereed by an excellent match official.

Good work all round…how pleasing is it to be able to say that!

GT at 2017-01-31 22:59:37

Mark Clattenburg was appointed to this huge game for one reason…he is the best we have, and he didn’t disappoint.

Liverpool fans may well point to the harsh decision to award a free kick to Chelsea, from which they scored the opener. But from behind the players (as Clatts was) I don’t think many referees would have called it any differently.

Any fault for that goal falls on Mignolet in the Liverpool goal who switched off whilst Luiz slotted home the free kick.

Fortunately for the Reds’ stopper he made amends in the send half with an outstanding penalty save from Costa…a penalty which Clatts correctly awarded whilst showing all referees how to work hard in order to get into optimum viewing positions. Some of his ‘bulkier’ and slower Select Group colleagues would do well to train alongside the North east whistler in an attempt to mirror his speed and acceleration.

GT at 2017-01-31 22:53:56

It’s all square at Anfield as both sides take a point from this excellent advert for football.

The draw will suit Chelsea more than Liverpool, but Reds’ supporters will point to their side taking 4 points from a possible 6 this season against The Blues

GT at 2017-01-31 22:52:18

Full Time


GT at 2017-01-31 22:51:57

Chelsea try to take the sting out of the game with a substitution right at the end of the game.

Costa off for Batshuayi

GT at 2017-01-31 22:50:45

What a finale we are having…this is non-stop action.

Great game…

GT at 2017-01-31 22:48:23

That’s the end of the regular 90 minutes.

3 added minutes to go on

GT at 2017-01-31 22:47:40

Adam Lallana makes way for Origi as Liverpool chase a late winner

GT at 2017-01-31 22:46:59

Good work by Simon Bennett who correctly leads Clatts into a free kick for Chelsea following a foul on Fabregas

GT at 2017-01-31 22:45:25

Another good spot by Clatts as he sees Matip handle the ball.

Free kick to Liverpool

GT at 2017-01-31 22:44:34


Is there time for a late winner at Anfield?

at 2017-01-31 22:43:57

When you get the chance, take a look at Clatts’ work rate and positioning when that penalty call came for Chelsea.

He accelerated through the gears and got right on top of the decision which meant Matip offered little case for the defence as Clatts was in a superb position tom see his foul on Costa,.

A valuable lesson for all referees…if you work hard to get into good positions, your accuracy will improve and you will meet less dissent

80 minutes

GT at 2017-01-31 22:37:55

Yellow Cardfor Willian…and the tension is coming through now.

Neither side wants to lose this one

GT at 2017-01-31 22:37:06

Can commits another foul on Kante, and the Liverpool man is racking them up now.

he needs to be careful as Clatts will not back off

77 minutes

GT at 2017-01-31 22:35:33

But….Liverpool goalkeeper Mignolet makes amends for his error for the first goal with a superb save to deny Costa from the penalty kick.


GT at 2017-01-31 22:34:20

PENALTY for Chelsea as Matip fouls Costa.

Correct call again from the outstanding Clattenburg

75 minutes

GT at 2017-01-31 22:33:06

Meanwhile…Coutinho makes way for the return of Sadio Mane for Liverpool

GT at 2017-01-31 22:32:17

The Sunderland v Spurs game is drawing heaps of criticism for referee, Lee Mason.

Here is a taste of the Tweets…

@youaretheref Tonight just shows Lee Mason is not up to it in the @premierleague. ?not given and he is struggling to keep up with play

GT at 2017-01-31 22:30:35

Costa uses his arm when challenging Henderson for a header…Clatts correctly spots the foul and awards the free kick to Liverpool

71 minutes

GT at 2017-01-31 22:28:59


Chelsea’s Pedro comes on for Hazard in the first change of the game.

Is there a winner in this game as we enter the final 20 minutes?

GT at 2017-01-31 22:25:04

A very interesting point raised by Clatts decision not to award a penalty to Liverpool following contact by Moses on Milner.

It seems the contact was invited by the player going down on both occasions…one given, one not.

The only difference being the Chelsea one was outside the penalty area.

Definitely a talking point surrounding the age-old consistency debate


GT at 2017-01-31 22:20:35


Where are the three points heading now?

Liverpool have worked up a head of steam, but don’t forget they were on top when Chelsea took the lead.

Contact us on Twitter to let us know what you think

GT at 2017-01-31 22:18:46

This game has suddenly gone up several gears…Clatts will move with it….top referee

58 minutes

GT at 2017-01-31 22:17:28

Yellow Cardfor James Milner who certainly got his money’s worth with that one!

He completely wiped out Victor Moses…clear caution.

Well done, Clatts.


GT at 2017-01-31 22:16:16

…and it’s Wijnaldum who is on the spot to head home following a tremendous pass from his Captain, Jordan Henderson

57 minutes

GT at 2017-01-31 22:15:15

GOAL! for Liverpool

GT at 2017-01-31 22:12:59

Just a small, technical point…but one I wouldn’t expect to have to raise at this standard of football.

Simon Bennett – when signalling offside, extend your flag-arm fully. I limp, half bent arm gives the impression you are unsure of the decision

GT at 2017-01-31 22:07:22


Firmino wastes a golden opportunity to equalise for Liverpool…will The Reds rue that miss?

GT at 2017-01-31 22:06:09

Marcos takes a tumble under a challenge by Henderson.

Free kick correctly awarded to the Chelsea midfielder

GT at 2017-01-31 22:05:01

Excellent recognition from Clatts…no foul as Wijnaldum wrestles the ball from his marker

GT at 2017-01-31 22:02:44


It’s time for the second half, and Chelsea get us going…

Is there a way back into this for Liverpool or will Chelsea open up a 13 points gap on them?

GT at 2017-01-31 21:50:11


Are Liverpool heading for a fourth consecutive home defeat as they trail Chelsea 0-1 at the break, or can The Reds find a way back into this one?

How is referee Clattenburg doing?

What are your thoughts on the free kick which led to the goal?

Let us know by contacting us on Twitter.

GT at 2017-01-31 21:47:25



and it’s half-time at Anfield with the visitors holding a valuable one goal lead

Half Time

GT at 2017-01-31 21:46:23

Just two added minutes to go on

GT at 2017-01-31 21:45:56

Yellow Cardfor Firmino who talks his way into Clatts’ book.

Silly way to find yourself walking a tightrope.

GT at 2017-01-31 21:42:41

With less than five minutes of the first half to go, how will this one go?

Let us know on Twitter, using #LIVCHE

GT at 2017-01-31 21:41:27

Good awareness and concentration from Richard West who eventually signalled offside against Costa who waited before joining in active play.

Nice lining.

GT at 2017-01-31 21:37:49

Cahill fells Adam Lallana and Clatts gives the free kick to the home side.

Correct decision again…and certainly no further action needed.

Well done again, referee

GT at 2017-01-31 21:34:00

Appeals for a penalty for handball against Matic but there is no contact whatsoever with the Blues’ defender’s arm of hand.

Well done, Clatts…no penalty


GT at 2017-01-31 21:30:22

The game has certainly gone up a notch following that Chelsea opener.

It’s a proper end-to-ender now

25 minutes

GT at 2017-01-31 21:25:35

Clatts ‘buys one’ from Eden Hazard who causes contact with Lallana, and wouldn’t you know it…Clatts’ first mistake of the evening results in a goal by David Luiz directly from the free kick


GT at 2017-01-31 21:23:41

Simon Bennett correctly calls offside against Coutinho who was tardy in getting back

GT at 2017-01-31 21:21:34

Richard West calls offside against Gary Cahill as Chelsea make a rare move forwards.

Looked a harsh decision to me. I believe the Chelsea captain was level when the ball was played.

GT at 2017-01-31 21:19:01

Matip treads on Costa’s toe and a foul is correctly given to Chelsea.

Again, no malice and no need for any further action.

Good refereeing

GT at 2017-01-31 21:17:56

Clatts goes over to speak with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte after he kicked away the ball.

Very sensible refereeing…there was no malice from Conte just sheer frustration at his own team’s inability to get the ball from Liverpool

GT at 2017-01-31 21:15:39

Back at Anfield…the action continues with Liverpool continuing to press and Clatts continuing to impress

GT at 2017-01-31 21:14:26

Oh dear….it sounds like Jon Moss is having ‘one of his nights’ down at Bournemouth…

AFCB Rob @rdw4591
I’m sorry @youaretheref but Mr Miss is not fit to referee anywhere

GT at 2017-01-31 21:12:14

Our referee finds himself in the middle of an intricate passing move from Liverpool, but shows his maturity in not panicking.

Too many referees try to run around and out of those situations and find themselves being hit by the ball.

Instead, Clatts stands still and allows the players to play around him.

GT at 2017-01-31 21:08:09

Clatts is showing excellent reading of play as it develops.

He has quickly tuned into Liverpool’s attacking, pressing game, and has taken up really good positioning to be sure he is right in the thick of the action

GT at 2017-01-31 21:05:26

Some holding by Lovren on David Luiz but the Liverpool man does it on the blind side of Clatts and his assistant.

Sometimes there really is no chance of seeing an incident….a case for video technology?

GT at 2017-01-31 21:02:39

Clatts looks very calm and assured in these opening exchanges.

Good to see…he’s oozing confidence

GT at 2017-01-31 21:01:27

Liverpool take the kick-off and get us underway…

GT at 2017-01-31 20:54:08

It’s almost time for kick-off at Anfield


GT at 2017-01-31 20:43:36

As for our officials…

Big games call for big names, and we have the cream of the crop in the middle tonight.

Mark Clattenburg is every inch the right man for the job tonight.

He was made for these big games and should be handling them more regularly than he does.

The North East whistler has all the ingredients needed to serve up another top class refereeing performance, and there is nothing to suggest he will do anything other.

Assisting Clatts will be Simon Bennett and Richard West, both of whom need to hit the ground running as these two sides usually attack from the off, and do so with pace.

Neil Swarbrick has control of the technical areas and will be hoping for a standard Clatts’ performance which would give no rise for criticism from either dug out.

Settle down and enjoy this one with us….it should be a belter.

GT at 2017-01-31 20:41:00

Hi everyone, and welcome to the first of six live Refcam commentary games in six days here at you-are-the-ref.

…and they don’t come much bigger than this one.

Our opener involves undoubtedly the standout game of the bunch as two title hopefuls lock horns at Anfield.

Merseyside giants Liverpool host the capital’s current top side Chelsea in a game which will go a long way in deciding who goes on to become this season’s champions.

After a flying start to the season The Reds will be pleased to see the back of a miserable January which has seen them slip to fourth place in the league table whilst exiting two cup competitions.

Jurgen Klopp’s men need to turn around a dreadful run of home form which has seen them lose their last three at ‘fortress Anfield’.

If there is one side you don’t want to meet when you’re in a run of poor form then Chelsea is that side.

Under new boss Antonio Conte The Blues can do no wrong and sit proudly at the top of the table, some ten points beyond tonight’s opposition.

Nine wins from the last ten league games, forty seven goals in the bag from twenty two games leading to a goal difference of plus thirty two is champions’ form in anyone’s book, but can they carry that on tonight at a ground where they have not won since 2014? – and let’s not forget that Liverpool took the spoils when these two met earlier in the season at Stamford Bridge.

This is a really difficult one to call, and opinions differ depending who you speak with, but who do you think will take away three priceless points?

Let us know who you believe will be triumphant by contacting us on Twitter @youaretheref- remember to use the hashtag,,,, #LIVCHE