Liverpool v Sevilla – Champions League Group E


Full Time Summary

GB at 2017-09-13 22:09:55

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The main points in this game from the officials perspective were:

  • An average performance from the referee who promised a lot but failed to deliver technically at times.
  • Excellent fitness, positioning and proximity to play helped him to sell his decisions.
  • Two second yellow card decisions ducked in the game.

That was a bit of a Curate’s Eggs performance from the Danny Makkelie in my opinion. He promised so much in the opening stages with his strong body language and excellent movement and positioning, but then he did not inspire confidence with some of his decisions which were given from very credible distance from the play.

Too often I was surprised by some of his calls and above all, despite his efforts to “look” strong, which is precisely what UEFA want from their officials, he failed to deliver on the difficult calls.

Both Alberto Moreno (L 18) and Mercado (S 25) were very lucky not to have been given second yellow cards for routine offences in the European stage. They may have been “harsh” calls to some, but they would have been difficult to argue against and so would have shown the referee to be strong and not concerned about the consequences of his decisions. These two challenges which went unpunished by disciplinary sanctions, showed up the one that did result in a Red Card for Joseph Gomez (L 12) with only seconds to go, as inconsistency.

And it was inconsistency which stood out throughout the game for me in this referee tonight. He obviously has a reputation for being a strong referee, but coming over and handing out a warning to the Sevilla manager and then going back 10 minutes later to finish the job, will also be looked at as a sign of weakness.

I was surprised that he allowed the Sevilla players challenged his authority in the first half until they surrounded him after the second Liverpool goal. As I said at half time, I support the referee for not giving a foul in the build up to the Liverpool second goal, there is so much physical conduct allowed by the laws these days, but a fair charge from the side is one of the few acts which is still permitted as long as it is not committed with excessive force.

My final example of his inconsistency comes down to his “Advantage” signal. This just shows up what a fussy coach I am, but seriously, there is a great learning point for referees here. I don’t mind if you want to use the “old” two arms down in front Advantage signal, or the “new” one arm up in the air Advantage signal, but which ever one you use, stick to it throughout the game. Makkelie even threw in the two arms high one once or twice as well. I should say Makkelie played some good advantages, but for new referees, just look after yourself and do not give an Observer anything negative to write about by giving out “mixed signals”!

So to summarise, not the poorest performance I have seen in the UCL, but also not the best by any means.

More Ref Cam this weekend

GB at 2017-09-13 21:40:57

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My final summary will follow very shortly.

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GB at 2017-09-13 21:40:21

Full Time

Liverpool 2 v 2 Sevilla


GB at 2017-09-13 21:39:33

2nd yellow Yellow Card+Yellow Card = Red Card for Joseph Gomez (L 12) but that might have been too little too late for the referee after two earlier second yellows got away in that game.


GB at 2017-09-13 21:37:18

Good strong communication by the referee there as the player encroached for the corner.


GB at 2017-09-13 21:33:49

Minimum of 4 additional minutes to be played


GB at 2017-09-13 21:30:46

Alberto Moreno (L 18) went flying in again there and was fortunate he did not make any contact as that surely would have resulted in a second yellow card. A pro-active referee would be making sure he runs by the player and telling him to “be careful” as soon as possible after that incident.


GB at 2017-09-13 21:27:15

Time and again I find myself saying how close the referee is when he gives his decisions, but I also felt that the Liverpool player had been fouled first before Sevilla were awarded the free kick again.


GB at 2017-09-13 21:22:10

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Now I must congratulate Referee Makkelie for being consistent then. If he did not show Alberto Moreno (L 18)a second yellow he could not show Mercado (S 25) a second yellow – I actually dissagreed with both decisions, but as I said, he was at least consistent then!


GB at 2017-09-13 21:18:30

GOAL! by Correa (S 11) and it is all square

Liverpool 2 v 2 Sevilla


GB at 2017-09-13 21:17:08

Makkelie is showing the chinks in his armour again then as the Alberto Moreno (L 18) challenge was really worthy of a yellow card which would have been his second in the game. Then we have the Sevilla player on the floor waving an imaginary card who is also not dealt with. Not surprising though, he could hardly caution the Sevilla player following that challenge.


GB at 2017-09-13 21:13:48

No problem with that hand ball as the player had ample opportunity to get his arm out of the way. Those who know me know that I am a very had one to be convinced that many hand ball offences given are actually deliberate, but there was no need for him to raise his hand that high.

Nice try at a Luigi stare following the comment by the Sevilla player who walked by, but there is lot more work to be done on that one I am afraid!


GB at 2017-09-13 21:07:54

Mandatory yellow card Yellow Card for Joseph Gomez (L 12) for unsporting behaviour – hold a player to stop a promising attacking situation.


GB at 2017-09-13 21:04:45

The Sevilla Manager gets his just deserves for throwing the ball away! Cant say the referee did not warn him that was coming!

Have to say he didn’t hang around though did he?


GB at 2017-09-13 21:03:00

The referee was right there again to decide no foul when Joel Matip (L 32) “left a bit behind” for the Sevilla player after feeling aggrieved that he picked up another ball and threw it in whilst he was off the field of play. That was a good example of selling a decision from close.


GB at 2017-09-13 21:00:02

A wild slid out on the wing by the Sevilla player then may be a sign of what is to come. The referee might regret he did not stop the game for that and just put his mark on the game at that stage.


GB at 2017-09-13 20:57:56

Roberto Firmino (L 9) was penalised for a “high foot” then in the Sevilla penalty area, but his foot was no where near as high as the one that got away in the first half – inconsistency.


GB at 2017-09-13 20:56:15

Makkelie has been very close to the play throughout this game, which has helped to sell his decisions to the players, if not always me.


GB at 2017-09-13 20:54:26

Makkelie is consistent with the way he is not shy to enter the penalty area as he knows he has the fitness to recover. Too many referees seem to think the edge of the penalty area is a brick wall. As I said first half, no need to go in every time, but definitely worth going in when required to do so.


GB at 2017-09-13 20:52:14

The Sevilla manager was a bit silly to knock the ball away then. Again that type of behaviour is often very strongly punished in Europe. He is certainly on his last warning now after the referee went all the way over and basically did nothing!


GB at 2017-09-13 20:48:49

Sevilla get second half underway

Half Time Summary

GB at 2017-09-13 20:46:01

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I have to say that I think the referee has his hands full in this one. There has been no quarter given since the first foul in the first minute.

The intensity of the challenges is what concerns me. They reckless challenges have been VERY reckless and it would not take much for the referee in a game like this to decide he needs to make a stand and up the anti to a red card if he thinks someone has endangered his opponent’s safety.

The big decision not to award a free kick in the build up to the Liverpool second goal was fine by me as there is nothing wrong with that type of side on charge as long as it is not with excessive force. It was not good practice to raise his whistle to his mouth and not blow for that one though!

Some of his other decisions have also suggested a little indecisiveness and there were a few surprises for me when fouls were not awarded once or twice.

So all in all, well do Ref for trying to keep the game going, but hold on tight everyone, this could get even more bumpy in the second half if the referee feels he needs to raise his profile to stop the game getting away from him.

GB at 2017-09-13 20:37:48

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Jonathon Moss certainly seemed to take one for the Team on Saturday with his strict interpretation of the Law in respect to Serious Foul Play, which is more than can be said for Mike Jones the following day – catch up with Keith Hackett’s assessment of the weekend’s biggest talking points from the EPL here: Ref Show


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GB at 2017-09-13 20:37:11

Half Time

Liverpool 2 v 1 Sevilla


GB at 2017-09-13 20:36:35

Another careless challenge and the tackles are not getting any softer in this game!

Minimum of 2 added minutes


GB at 2017-09-13 20:34:13


Not hand ball for me but Éver Banega (S 10) clearly pulls the Liverpool player back. He picked up a Yellow Card for his actions, and was lucky there was another defender around as that would have been red if it was a DOGSO as he made no attempt to play the ball.


GB at 2017-09-13 20:31:20

reckless challenge by Alberto Moreno (L 18) earns him a yellow card Yellow Card. No arguments with that one.


GB at 2017-09-13 20:29:28

GOAL! which Mohamed Salah (L 11) will claim after that massive deflection.

No foul for me in the build up and fully deserved Yellow Card forPareja (S 21) for dissent. This is not the referee to argue with, which is why I was surprised they got at him earlier in the game.


GB at 2017-09-13 20:24:54

Mercado (S 25) picks up the first Yellow Cardyellow card of the game for that reckless challenge. The referee showing what I said about inconsistent advantage signals in the same game again as he has two arms up high this time. Great advantage though!


GB at 2017-09-13 20:20:50

Very surprised that Makkelie did not stop play for that high foot by the Sevilla player as his opponent ducked to head the ball. Nothing more than an indirect free kick for dangerous play but those are normally bread and butter decisions in European games.


GB at 2017-09-13 20:16:45

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Very good awareness demonstrated by the referee then as he rushed deep into the penalty area when there may have been a foul on the Liverpool goalkeeper. It is not best practice for referees to rush into the mixer every time, but the skill is in knowing when your presence in there could enhance your control and help sell a big decision.


GB at 2017-09-13 20:13:52

The referee is obviously keen to keep this game moving with the minimum of intervention. Only 6 free kicks as we approach the half hour mark, but they have all been for pretty strong challenges!


GB at 2017-09-13 20:11:15

Excellent fitness displayed by Makkelie in that last Liverpool break forward. He was holding one arm up for an “advantage” signal, which is allowed no of course, but from a technical point of view I suggest referees should use the same signal for the whole game. Earlier he gave an advantage signal with two arms – admitably that was not an advantage though!


GB at 2017-09-13 20:08:08

GOAL! as Roberto Firmino (L 9) bags the equaliser. Just as well he knocked it in as he seemed to be having his shirt pulled just before he tapped into the goal.

Liverpool 1 v 1 Sevilla


GB at 2017-09-13 20:06:33

It appears to me that there is definitely a “culture” thing going on here as the Sevilla players are far more vocal towards the Referee than the Home team. They seem to be in his face after every decision, yet the Liverpool players are far more likely to just get on with it.


GB at 2017-09-13 20:04:00

A clear reckless foul right in front of the referee again (almost in the same place as his only mistake so far) was a clear act of frustration and retaliation for a strong challenge on him. Referee needs to be aware that players are reacting like that.


GB at 2017-09-13 20:02:01

The AARs are able to assist the referee with penalty kick decisions, but don’t expect to see them signal – communication is via a buzzer and radio only


GB at 2017-09-13 19:59:24

There is no doubt that with the AAR over on the same side as the AR (so the referee does not have his back to either of them), the referee does not need to squeeze the play into his right diagonal as we are used to in EPL games.


GB at 2017-09-13 19:57:09

The teamwork looked a bit sloppy then between AR2 Steegstra and the referee but a corner seemed like the correct decision in the end


GB at 2017-09-13 19:55:33

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Well that good first impressions did not last for long!

The Liverpool player was clearly physically impeded then right on the edge of the Sevilla penalty area within 10 metres of the referee and no offence is given. I cannot understand why was not stopped for that one.


GB at 2017-09-13 19:53:13

Still less than 10 minutes gone but Makkelie already looks very confident and is making a good first impression with his direction signals asserting authority


GB at 2017-09-13 19:51:19

GOAL! Ben Yedder (S 9)

Not the start Liverpool wanted!


GB at 2017-09-13 19:50:13

Strange “advantage” signal given then when the ball struck the Sevilla player in the chest?


GB at 2017-09-13 19:47:53

1st free kick in the first minute. I have a feeling this could be fast and furious. That first call is always so important in any game not to miss.


GB at 2017-09-13 19:46:41

I like this referee already – I love a really load whistle to start the game!

Kick Off

GB at 2017-09-13 19:45:34

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

Good luck to all! And may the ball run kindly for you.

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GB at 2017-09-13 19:41:39

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

GB at 2017-09-13 19:40:37

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GB at 2017-09-13 19:38:14

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Today’s officials are all from the Netherlands:

Referee:  Danny Makkelie

AR1: Mario Diks (Technical Area)

AR2: Hessel Steegstra

Additional assistant referees:

Kevin Blom

Kamphuis Jochem

4th Official: Joost van Zuilen


This 34 year old referee was promoted to the FIFA List in 2011, and is currently in the UEFA First Group.

Last season he took charge of the Group Stage UCL fixture between Arsenal and Basel on 28th September.

He joined the Dutch Eredivisie League in 2009 and was promoted to the A-group the following year. Makkelie will have been part of the trials for VAR in the Dutch League this season, but will have to manage without that, or Goal-line technology which is not being used in the Group stages of the Champions League matches this season. He will have two extra pairs of eyes of course with the 2 AARs – I wonder if they will earn their money tonight?

It was thanks to Pieter Vink’s early retirement that this Dutchman became a FIFA referee so soon, which was a topic discussed in detail in this week’s Ref Show in respect to the age profile of Premier League Referees in England.

Like Vink, Makkelie was a policeman before he got a job with the Dutch FA (KNVB). But being a professional referee in the Netherlands means the FA gives you a desk job to kill time between training and officiating matches.

In his first Champions League qualifier match on 24th July 2012 between Zeljeznicar and Maribor, Makkelie ended up showing 10 (ten) Yellows and 3 (three) Reds.  9 (nine) of the Yellows and all the Reds (one direct) went to the home team that night!

Makkelie took charge of the final of the 2012 U19 European Championship.

Here are the starting line-ups for this game:

GB at 2017-09-13 19:34:41


1       Loris Karius (L 1)

5       Georginio Wijnaldum (L 5)

6       Dejan Lovren (L 6)

9       Roberto Firmino (L 9)

11     Mohamed Salah (L 11)

12     Joseph Gomez (L 12)

14     Jordan Henderson (L 14)

18     Alberto Moreno (L 18)

19     Sadio Mané (L19)

23     Emre Can (L 23)

32     Joel Matip (L 32)


22     Simon Mignolet (L 22)

7       James Milner (L 7)

10     Philippe Coutinho (L 10)

15     Daniel Sturridge (L 15)

17     Ragnar Kalvan (L 17)

21     Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (L 21)

26     Andy Robertson (L 26)


1       Sergio Rico (S 1)

4       Kjær (S 4)

9       Ben Yedder (S 9)

10     Éver Banega (S 10)

11     Correa (S 11)

14     Guido Pizarro (S 14)

15     N´Zonzi (S 15)

16     Navas (S 16)

18     Escudero (S 18)

21     Pareja (S 21)

25     Mercado (S 25)


13     David Soria (S 13)

2       Sébastien Corchia (S 2)

6       Carriço (S 6)

7       Krohn-Dehli (S 7)

17     Pablo Sarbia (S 17)

20     Luis Muriel (S 20)

22     Vazquez (S 22)


GB at 2017-09-13 19:30:54

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Liverpool are back in the UEFA Champions League after three years away and kick off Group E at home to a Sevilla side who beat them in the 2016 UEFA Europa League final.

While Liverpool are in the group stage for the first time since 2014/15 – and just the second time in eight seasons – Sevilla are in the last 32 for the third campaign running and looking to build on last term’s progress to the round of 16.

The only time these teams have met before was in Basel in May 2016, when Sevilla came from a goal down to become the first team to win the UEFA Europa League (and its UEFA Cup forerunner), for a third successive season. Initially it looked like being Liverpool’s night when Daniel Sturridge fired them into a 35th-minute lead, but Kévin Gameiro levelled 17 seconds into the second period and two Coke goals (64, 70) gave Sevilla a fifth triumph in the competition.

Liverpool’s Sadio Mané (L19) is available to play tonight, as his suspension following his red card for serious foul play at the weekend does not include European fixtures.


GB at 2017-09-13 19:27:07

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