Liverpool v Stoke City

Liverpool v Stoke City

Commentary By: Mark Halsey

FINAL SCORE: 4 - 1


MH at 2016-12-27 20:15:10
I spoke in my pre-match about Michael having an excellent season to date and he has proved me right. Although this wasn't a difficult game to referee you can only referee what is in front of you. There were no key match decisions to preside over and speaking from experience Michael will be happy with that. His recognition of offenses, careless and reckless was excellent, he managed the game to good effect, the player's trusted his decision making and that gains the respect of the player's He wasn't fussy, he stayed out of the game and stamped his authority on the game when he needed to with the caution of SC4 after a reckless challenge. Michael was well assisted by his two assistants and excellent team performance all round well done.

MH at 2016-12-27 20:08:49
LIVERPOOL WIN 4-1

MH at 2016-12-27 20:08:17
Full Time

MH at 2016-12-27 20:05:17
A minimum of 3 minutes added time.

MH at 2016-12-27 20:03:35
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MH at 2016-12-27 20:01:02
Foul given to Liverpool after a foul by SC8 on L18. Once again correctly given.

MH at 2016-12-27 19:59:09
Substitution for SC. SC25 OFF, SC12 ON.

MH at 2016-12-27 19:58:32
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MH at 2016-12-27 19:55:15
Free kick given to LV after a foul by SC21.

MH at 2016-12-27 19:53:41
Substitution for LV. L11 OFF, L18 ON.

MH at 2016-12-27 19:52:59
A rare SC attack, SC14 shoots just over the bar.

MH at 2016-12-27 19:51:12
Off side flag raised by assistant Beswick excellent advantage played allowing Liverpool to go on the attack

MH at 2016-12-27 19:49:39
Substitution for SC, SC14 ON, SC18 OFF.

MH at 2016-12-27 19:48:59
Speaking from experience Michael will be talking to the SC player's just to make sure they don't lose their self discipline.

MH at 2016-12-27 19:45:46
GOAL!First touch of the ball and L15 scores. Poor poor back pass to the keeper by SC17.

MH at 2016-12-27 19:44:32
Substitutions for Liverpool. L20 OFF, L23 ON. L27 OFF, L15 ON.

MH at 2016-12-27 19:42:28
Clear foul by SC8 on L27, excellent recognition by Michael as it was just a careless challenge.

MH at 2016-12-27 19:41:01
Substitution for SC, SC6 OFF, SC32 ON.

MH at 2016-12-27 19:38:34
L20 goes down holding his face, just got a hand in the eye nothing unto ward there.

MH at 2016-12-27 19:36:27
With half an hour to go the question is how many more are Liverpool going to score?

MH at 2016-12-27 19:35:07
GOAL!own goal by SC21.  

MH at 2016-12-27 19:33:31
Michael is always on the move, never static thus getting him into good viewing positions.

MH at 2016-12-27 19:26:36
L7 all over SC19 Free kick correctly awarded.

MH at 2016-12-27 19:25:56
Good challenge by L11, throw in correct.

MH at 2016-12-27 19:22:26
Correct free kick awarded to SC.

MH at 2016-12-27 19:22:00
It's very important for Michael to come out hitting the ground running and staying fully focused and must not switch off. It only takes one small incident that you miss that would undo all the good work that he has done in the first half.

MH at 2016-12-27 19:19:23
SC you get the second half underway.

MH at 2016-12-27 19:05:23
Excellent performance in the first half from Michael Oliver, more of the same in the second half please.

MH at 2016-12-27 19:04:30
Half Time

MH at 2016-12-27 19:02:36
Free kick correctly given to Liverpool.

MH at 2016-12-27 19:02:07
A minimum of 3 minutes added time.

MH at 2016-12-27 19:00:54
Liverpool fully deserve to be 2-1 up.

MH at 2016-12-27 19:00:22
GOAL!L11 In off both posts.

MH at 2016-12-27 18:55:03
Also feel that Mick McDonough offered some advise with that incident, good team work.

MH at 2016-12-27 18:54:07
Going back to the caution of SC4 After 36 minutes that was the first poor challenge of the game and Michael stamped his authority on the game letting all the players know he will not accept those challenges.

MH at 2016-12-27 18:52:41
Another excellent advantage by Michael.

MH at 2016-12-27 18:52:12
Yellow CardSC4, cautioned rightly so after a reckless challenge.  

MH at 2016-12-27 18:51:20
GOAL!L20 scores from an acute angle after poor defending by SC8.

MH at 2016-12-27 18:50:32
L19 stopped thinking he should of had a free kick, sorry young man you play to the whistle. Klopp clearly unhappy as he speaks to the 4th official.

MH at 2016-12-27 18:48:05
Michael's awareness of what is going on around him and his reading of the gameis of a  very high standard.

MH at 2016-12-27 18:46:06
Great advantage after a foul on SC25

MH at 2016-12-27 18:43:59
26 minutes and the first offside, good to see Mick McDonough's concentration levels are good.

MH at 2016-12-27 18:42:19
Michael is displaying good fitness levels and is moving around the field well. He is not sticking to central positions but he is gaining good viewing angles by moving wide, making sure that he is not to detached from play.

MH at 2016-12-27 18:40:21
Off the live by SC25, Liverpool pressing, all hands to the pump for SC.

MH at 2016-12-27 18:39:20
Another good spot by Michael, SC18 pleasing to have a word with him to calm him down.

MH at 2016-12-27 18:38:00
Michael's really managing the game to good effect, only getting involved when he really has to.

MH at 2016-12-27 18:36:28
Another free kick correctly awarded to SC.

MH at 2016-12-27 18:35:53
Stoke should have gone two nil up after a shot by SC4 was excellently saved  by the Liverpool keeper.

MH at 2016-12-27 18:34:17
Its good to see at present players are accepting the way Michael is handling the game and that is so important, that shows the players trust in his decision making.

MH at 2016-12-27 18:31:38
Game stoopped while L6 receives treatment for a facial injury. Nothing doing there as he headed the back of SC25.

MH at 2016-12-27 18:30:39
SC19 Jonathan Walters scored the goal.

MH at 2016-12-27 18:29:48
GOAL!SC1. As I said that Stoke go and score. Excellent header but thought Liverpool keeper could have done better.

MH at 2016-12-27 18:28:25
I don't think Stoke have come to park the bus.

MH at 2016-12-27 18:27:35
It's pleasing to see the referee not being over fussy with physical challenges and giving the game chance to breath.

MH at 2016-12-27 18:23:15
Free kick correctly awarded to SC6.

MH at 2016-12-27 18:22:26
Excellent intensity to the game early on, I am sure we will see goals.

MH at 2016-12-27 18:20:52
Good challenge by SC18 no foul given.

MH at 2016-12-27 18:19:58
Correct free kick given to SC4.

MH at 2016-12-27 18:19:20
The Anfield crowd are very vocal and Michael must stay mentally strong as the bay for everything.

MH at 2016-12-27 18:16:13
Liverpool to get us underway

MH at 2016-12-27 18:11:44
The teams are in the tunnel.

at 2016-12-27 18:05:47
Good evening and welcome to this evenings ref cam game where I trust you have all had a terrific Christmas and Boxing day and over indulged as I have done :) This evenings fixture has the makings of an exciting game of football. Liverpool have been excellent at home and will be looking to move up to second place 6 points behind Chelsea while Stoke City are in good form and playing some excellent football under Mark Hughes and they also will be looking for 3 points to move into the top half of the table. So I think we will be in for an exciting and physical game. Tonight's referee is Michael Oliver who in my opinion is having an excellent season to date, I can only recall him making one key match error and that was in the Everton V Manchester United game where he should have sent Rojo off for a poor challenge. Having said that he did recover and for the last 70 minutes done well. Michael will have to set his tolerance levels right this evening as we all know Stoke can be a little bit physical. He will be assisted by Gary Beswick ( technical side), Mick McDonough and 4th official Anthony Taylor .