Liverpool v Manchester City


GT at 2016-12-31 20:30:00

It was great to be with you all this evening and a huge amount of thanks for all of the many tweets you sent in.

They were superb tonight.

May I wish everyone, from all of us here at YOU-ARE-THE-REF a very happy New Year.

May 2017 bring you health and happiness and, of course, many contributions from us here at HQ!

Enjoy your celebrations folks…

GT at 2016-12-31 20:27:04

Stay with us here on YATR for even more live commentary on Refcam over the next four days.
First up will be tomorrow’s capital city derby between Arsenal and Crystal Palace followed the day after by West Ham versus Manchester United.
Then, the busy New Year calendar continues with Arsenal under the spotlight again at Bournemouth followed by our fifth game in five days with the mouth-watering tie between Tottenham Hotspur and league leaders Chelsea.
Add to that the outstanding content our website, including a fascinating insight into the world of football journalism in an interview with Chris Neill.
Whilst Keith Hackett pulls no punches in his superb column, this time highlighting the shortcomings within the management of the current crop of Select Group referees.
Jason Pettigrove continues his excellent ‘Runners and Riders’ feature, and the ever-popular Refshow is always a winner.
All of this, and much more, shows why YATR followers know this is the place for all referees to improve their knowledge, understanding and performance.
Keep it here on

GT at 2016-12-31 20:25:47

Craig Pawson will be very pleased with the way this one went after recent troubles.
He grew in confidence as the game went on and it was good to see him getting back into the groove.
Well done Craig…there was a MASSIVE amount of pressure on you, but you came through it with your head held high and your reputation restored.

GT at 2016-12-31 20:23:08

…and that is our lot as Liverpool take 3 massive points in this huge clash.

The final game of 2016 did not disappoint, and neiither did referee Craig Pawson.

That extends the Reds’ home record to 23 unbeaten

Full Time

GT at 2016-12-31 20:20:37

Caution for Otamendi for deliberate handball.

Another correct decision.

Yellow Card

GT at 2016-12-31 20:17:18

That’s the end of the regular 90 minutes,

Indeed, we have a fair amount of additional time to go on…4 minutes

GT at 2016-12-31 20:16:21

Liverpool look to close out the game with their own change.

Lucas for Mane.

GT at 2016-12-31 20:15:27

Iheanacho enters the game for Toure as City make another substitution

GT at 2016-12-31 20:13:30

Craig has let Liverpool know he is on top of the delaying tactics, so expect a decent amount of additional time to be played…

GT at 2016-12-31 20:12:36

City make their first change with Jesus Navas taking over from Zabaletta as the visitors chase an equaliser in these final 4 minutes

GT at 2016-12-31 20:05:51

Foul on Clyne by Kolarov.

Free kick to Liverpool…good call referee

GT at 2016-12-31 20:02:33

15 minutes of the regular 90 to go.

Is there a twist to come in the plot at Anfield?

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74 minutes

GT at 2016-12-31 20:02:09

Emre Can is cautioned for a rash challenge on Sterling.

Correct decision referee Yellow Card


GT at 2016-12-31 19:58:38

Sounds like another matchday the PGMOL will be going into hiding over…

Antony Taylor, shocking 2day. Inconsistent, lost control & then used the yellow card to try regain it. Failed miserably.

Hi guys. Do you know if there is a course for ref’s where they can learn what is and isn’t a foul. Asking for a (Kevin) Friend

GT at 2016-12-31 19:55:49

Now Marc Perry has missed a simple decision…

Come on you boys, don’t let this one go and spoil your good work so far.

Time to re-focus

GT at 2016-12-31 19:54:18

Missed foul on Firmino,and City go on the attack.

Craig will be pleased nothing cam from it when he reviews that one.

64 minutes

GT at 2016-12-31 19:51:29

First change of the game as captain Henderson goes off injured.

Divock Origi takes over

GT at 2016-12-31 19:47:52

Craig looked for advantage following a foul by Lovren on de Bruyne.

Nothing came for City so he brought it back and awarded the free kick.

Well done referee

GT at 2016-12-31 19:45:36

Craig is literally strolling through this one.

He is reading play very well, meaning he is not charging around like a headless chicken, as we saw when he had a recent bad day at Burnley.

Good to see he has learned from his mistakes.

GT at 2016-12-31 19:43:20

I cannot see Sterling lasting much longer in this one.

Once again,on his return to Anfield, he appears nervous and seems to have let the crowd get to him.

Surely only a matter of time before Guardiola loses patience and substitutes him.

GT at 2016-12-31 19:39:11

Pawson swift and decisive again in awarding a throw-in to Liverpool.

Some of the best advice I ever heard was ‘if you are not sure, give it with confidence and they will believe you’

GT at 2016-12-31 19:36:11

Zabaletta and Lallana just needed a reminder from Craig that they are in danger of spoiling a very good game with a bit of silliness.

All calmed down well by the referee.

57 seconds

GT at 2016-12-31 19:33:53

Early chance for Liverpool goes begging as Nataniel Clyne cannot steady himself in time to get his shot away

GT at 2016-12-31 19:32:08

No such problems in this one, I’m pleased to say.

Craig Pawson has put his recent woes behind him and is doing well.

And here we go for the second half.
Will the Reds complete their victory or can City get back into this one?
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Liverpool get us under way again…

GT at 2016-12-31 19:29:50

Not a lot of festive cheer for referee Lee Mason, judging by the comments coming into us.

This one pretty much sums up the general feeling…

PGMOL might as well demote Lee Mason to the football league because Yet Again he made anther key match error today


GT at 2016-12-31 19:18:40

Half time is upon us, and it’s the free scoring Reds who take the advantage into the break.
Referee Craig Pawson has judged this one very well indeed.
The two sides want to play not fight each other, so he has stepped aside and let them get on with it.
More of the same after the break, please.

GT at 2016-12-31 19:17:55

Silliness from a frustrated Sterling sees his slap the back of Milner’s leg.

Childish…and dealt with well by referee Pawson who brings the half to its end.

Half Time

GT at 2016-12-31 19:16:08

That’s the end of the opening 45 minutes.

Just one additional minute to go on…

GT at 2016-12-31 19:15:08

Liverpool almost go through for a second goal but a (correct) Perry flag stops them as Lallana is fractionally offside

GT at 2016-12-31 19:14:01

Craig has latched on to the fact that he does not need to go quite so deep into the City penalty area, and has adjusted his positioning.

The result is that he is much more often in contact with play when the away side moves the ball forwards into the Liverpool half.

GT at 2016-12-31 19:08:51

Well done again referee both Zabaletta and Klavan were wrestling each other.

Neither was doing more or less than the other.

So instead of inventing a decision he did the sensible thing…nothing

And sometimes that is exactly the right thing to do.

GT at 2016-12-31 19:07:07

Ten minutes of the opening 45 to go.

Who do you think will win this crucial game?

How is referee Craig Pawson doing?
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GT at 2016-12-31 19:02:30

There is the clearest example of how FIFA and the IFAB has completely messed up the offside law by over complicating it.

Liverpool played a tactic to catch City offside.

That worked, but assistant Kirkup could not raise his flag as no City player touched the ball or made a clear move towards it.

The result?… a throw-in for Liverpool right on their own goal line.

Ridiculous law amendments have made offside a joke.

GT at 2016-12-31 18:58:46

Liverpool, and particularly their boss Jurgen Klopp, has clearly done his homework on City.

At goal kicks for the visitors the Reds are cutting off every short pass, forcing City to kick long which is not their favoured approach.

Craig needs to switch on to that and adjust his positioning and go deeper…leave any short stuff to the assistant

GT at 2016-12-31 18:54:16

Four…yes FOUR fouls committed by City in a few seconds, but Craig applied advantage on every one as Firmino kept going.

Confidence is oozing from the Sheffield referee

GT at 2016-12-31 18:52:46

Marc Perry executes the ‘wait and see’ tactic very well.

Lallana eventually made a move for the ball so the assistant punished him with a correct offside call.

GT at 2016-12-31 18:51:09

Advantage played again by referee Pawson.

Not his fault that Liverpool immediately gave the ball away.

Good refereeing

GT at 2016-12-31 18:48:25

What a lovely game to referee this is.

Both sides want to play.

Both want to attack.

Neither is kicking their way through it.

Just stay out of it Craig, let them play and get involved only when absolutely necessary.

These are the games when an ‘invisible’ referee can shine.

GT at 2016-12-31 18:43:30

Good refereeing from Craig.

Liverpool kept possession from a foul by City, he looked for an advantage but nothing was on so he brought back play and awarded the free kick to the Reds.

That will give him confidence.

GT at 2016-12-31 18:40:50

9 minutes gone and it is definitely GAME ON

GT at 2016-12-31 18:40:20

Georginio Wijnaldum bullets a header low into the bottom corner from an inch-perfect Lallana cross.


GT at 2016-12-31 18:38:44

GOAL! and what a goal it was!


7 minutes

GT at 2016-12-31 18:38:02

Yellow CardEarly caution for Ragnar Klavan of Liverpool after he brought down Aguero.

Correct decision, referee.


GT at 2016-12-31 18:36:39

A steady start to the game, which has no pattern yet.

Craig will be grateful for having these two sides as neither goes out to kick sides out of games.

It should be a game of football rather than a fight where football occasionally breaks out

GT at 2016-12-31 18:33:14

Assistant Kirkup gets a nice ‘settler’ early in the game.

A throw-in right under his nose for a ball which just went out of play.

We all like those easy ones early in the game.

GT at 2016-12-31 18:31:56

Early foul for a foul by Milner on the game’s pantomime villain (Sterling)!

Correct decision, referee.

GT at 2016-12-31 18:30:36

Here we go…

City take the kick-off and get us underway…

GT at 2016-12-31 18:22:25

It’s almost time for kick-off at Anfield

GT at 2016-12-31 18:12:40

As for our officials…

Well, well, well.

There is a school of thought which advocates getting straight back on a horse once you’ve fallen off, and the PGMOL clearly buys into that philosophy as they hand this huge game to a referee who has been out of form and showing signs of lacking in confidence in recent weeks.

It was good to see Craig Pawson in better form last time out at Burnley but all eyes will be on the Sheffield whistler to see if he really has come through his ‘wobble’.

A most likeable fellow, Craig needs this one to pass without controversy as I fear that one more key match error could seriously affect him for the remainder of the season.

Referees are no different to players when it comes to confidence. A referee in top form will thrive upon the assurance good performances provide, but likewise suffer from nerves when they make howlers.

Everyone at YATR hopes Craig enjoys a successful evening and we are talking about the game rather than any of his mistakes at the end.

His assistants, Peter Kirkup and Marc Perry, along with fourth official Martin Atkinson have key roles to play too in helping Craig through this one successfully.
Personally, I would have supported Craig with the best assistants currently on the list, Darren Cann and Gary Beswick in this crucial game, as neither Kirkup nor Perry are averse to the occasional blunder themselves. But I do question how much thought goes into the appointing process these days.

It is a massive game at Anfield and one not to be missed, so don’t go anywhere…follow the big match here on YATR.

This should be an excellent spectacle of attacking football…

GT at 2016-12-31 18:09:16

Hi everyone, and welcome to the first of a bumper selection of FIVE live Refcam commentary games in five days.

…and could we possibly be ending the year on any higher note?

Our opener involves a couple of sides with a realistic chance of ending the season as champions.

High-flying in second place in the league Liverpool host a Manchester City team just one point and one place behind them.

The Reds are in fantastic form and scoring for fun, with an incredible 45 league goals from just 18 games this campaign.

Indeed, under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp, still in his first full season as the Anfield supremo, they have already notched 100 goals.

However, injuries have robbed them of several star players in recent weeks, and the absence of one of the best midfielders in the world, Phillipe Coutinho, could be decisive today.

City supporters will be looking for three valuable points in a game they will fancy as their side is also in a good run having easily despatched Hull City away and overcome Arsenal at home in December.

They welcome back the outstanding Sergio Aguero following his four game suspension, and the prolific striker will be fit and raring to go whilst other players may be suffering from fatigue in this busy festive period of fixtures.

This is the league’s top scorers at home against the side who have scored more away goals than anyone else, so something has to give.

What a game this promises to be, and it has goals written all over it but who will emerge the victors?

Let us know who you believe will be triumphant by contacting us on Twitter @youaretheref