Liverpool Vs Swansea


DM at 2017-12-26 20:24:05

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DM at 2017-12-26 20:23:09


Full Time Summary

At times the game was played with the tempo more like a Wednesday afternoon Reserve fixture but the match officials still had to perform to the expected standard and that they did.  The officials deserve credit for getting the majority of decisions correct and for not getting ‘over involved’, particularly in the quieter periods.  Kevin Friend judged the one caution of the match correctly and he managed the players well.  He was well supported by his colleagues and he can be pleased that nobody will be writing any headlines about the refereeing team tomorrow.  I do think that Kevin Friend when he is not relaxed can look ‘edgy’ and he over uses some non verbal signals to communicate.  That said, overall in a non challenging match he put in an efficient performance and did well.

DM at 2017-12-26 20:21:38

Full Time



DM at 2017-12-26 20:19:42

Good piece of refereeing by Kevin Friend as he brings play back for a foul on L20 as no advantage accrued.  The foul came before the offside so the free-kick award is the correct decision.


DM at 2017-12-26 20:18:28

Minimum of 3 minutes added time


DM at 2017-12-26 20:10:29




DM at 2017-12-26 20:07:23

Swansea Sub

8 off, 35 on


DM at 2017-12-26 20:01:14

Correct decision by the referee to award a foul against S14


DM at 2017-12-26 19:57:47

Liverpool Subs

9 off, 29 on

11 off, 20 on

DM at 2017-12-26 19:57:21

Swansea are close to imploding here having conceding 3 goals in 15 minutes. I know I keep talking about concentration but it is absolutely key for the officials, they cannot lower their standards.


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DM at 2017-12-26 19:50:57

Swansea Substitution

62 off, 10 on

DM at 2017-12-26 19:46:48

A very good caution by Kevin Friend it was clear and expected.  Sometimes in a game like this the referee can get ‘sucked in’ to not doing what he should do when it comes to misconduct.  Cautioning this type of offence is important to maintaining control.  Match officials don’t do anyone any favours by not issuing cautions in these circumstances.


DM at 2017-12-26 19:44:48

Yellow CardS16 unsporting behaviour



DM at 2017-12-26 19:42:46

AR Holmes joins in the action by indicating offside against L9


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DM at 2017-12-26 19:40:30

Foul by S8 stopped L10 in his tracks but referee Friend correctly awards just a free-kick and takes no further action.


DM at 2017-12-26 19:37:49

S15 looked to have handled the ball there.  To be fair to AR Scholes he could not have helped as the player had his back to the Assistant but referee Friend should have picked that up.

DM at 2017-12-26 19:34:16

Kevin Friend gets the second half underway

DM at 2017-12-26 19:27:20

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DM at 2017-12-26 19:26:03

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DM at 2017-12-26 19:23:59

Half Time Summary

In a game that has felt more like a reserve/U23 match at times there has been very little intensity on display from either side and the discipline of the players has been good, the referee to be honest has had little to do.  That said, there have been two ‘talking points’ both of which I am pleased to support the referee with his decision-making.  In the build up to Liverpool’s first goal, there was a claim for two fouls by L9.  The referee chose to play on and I think on balance he was right to do so.  In the 40th minute L11 went to ground in the penalty area following an aerial challenge.  He claimed a penalty and the referee correctly waved play on.

In the first 20 minutes I felt that Kevin Friend was not at ease, he was ‘edgy’ and he lacked purpose in his movement.  Fortunately, there was not anything major to do and in the second half of the first period he relaxed and became more assured.  Kevin needs to bring this in to the second half and remain alert throughout.

DM at 2017-12-26 19:18:53

Half Time



DM at 2017-12-26 19:17:04

Minimum of 2 minutes added time to be played


DM at 2017-12-26 19:14:47

Great decision by Kevin Friend he has got the penalty appeal decision correct.  L11 was not fouled and the referee correct to play on.


DM at 2017-12-26 19:13:21

L11 theatrically throws himself to the ground and the referee gives nothing, at first view I think he has got that right


DM at 2017-12-26 19:12:28

Kevin Friend constantly crosses his arms to indicate no foul.  In my opinion he over uses this non verbal signal as it brings attention to decisions that are routine


DM at 2017-12-26 19:10:48

Foul by S51 on the halfway line leads to a good advantage by the referee.  I would like to see him have a word with the Swansea player at the next opportunity.


DM at 2017-12-26 19:09:25

Good decision by AR Holmes to indicate a goal kick following a claim by Swansea for a corner-kick


DM at 2017-12-26 19:05:36

Very good decision by the referee to penalise L9 for dangerous play with contact.


DM at 2017-12-26 19:04:12

This quiet period should help the referee settle down a little and his body language looks more relaxed and at ease.


DM at 2017-12-26 19:02:42

Both teams are playing the match in a good spirit but Swansea are losing a lot of possession with misdirected passes.  Liverpool counter attack at a decent pace and the match officials have to remain on their toes and be vigilant.


DM at 2017-12-26 18:53:07

I am not sure what it is but Kevin Friend’s body language is ‘edgy’ and he is not inspiring me with confidence, despite not having made any major errors.  He is a little detached from play and he needs to settle down and be more consistent in his interpretation of foul challenges.


DM at 2017-12-26 18:50:45

Another display of slight inconsistency there as S62 was pulled to the ground by an opponent.  Kevin Friend allows play to continue and he has to be careful that the perception Swansea have is that he is not balanced.


DM at 2017-12-26 18:46:40

Kevin Friend has not made any major errors in the opening 15 minutes but his recognition of offences is a little inconsistent.  He did not penalise L9 for an upper body challenge in the build up to their first goal, a decision I can support but then he is penalising other similar offences where minimal contact occurs.  He would gain more credit by allowing the game to flow and encouraging the players to stay on their feet more by not penalising these offences across the board.


DM at 2017-12-26 18:44:24

Although there was contact in the challenge by S33 on L9, I think the Liverpool player initiated it and the referee should not have awarded the free-kick in that instance.


DM at 2017-12-26 18:42:23

Mark Scholes correctly kept his flag down for an offside claim by Swansea in the build up to Liverpool’s last attack


DM at 2017-12-26 18:41:43

First free kick of the game for a foul by L9, correct decision by the referee.


DM at 2017-12-26 18:40:30

First fee ick of the game for a foul by L9, correct decision by the referee.


DM at 2017-12-26 18:39:43

Just as I mention concentration, Kevin Friend is hit with his first big decision.  In the build up to the Liverpool goal a Swansea City player went to ground claiming two fouls by L9.  The first one was upper body and the second one an alleged trip.  Kevin Friend I don’t think would have got any complaints by awarding a free-kick for the first offence but the second one I think he got right as it appears that the Swansea player went to ground under no contact.


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DM at 2017-12-26 18:35:55

A cagey first five minutes from both sides and no major decisions or tests for the referee so far.  Good teamwork and concentration needed during spells such as this.

DM at 2017-12-26 18:30:38

Kevin Friend gets the match underway

DM at 2017-12-26 18:29:23

With Leon Britton in caretaker charge of Swansea and Jurgen Klopp under pressure to get back to winning ways, Kevin Friend can expect a competitive match this evening.  He will need to pay particular attention to incidents in and around the penalty area to ensure that simulation is dealt with effectively and any penalty claims are dealt with correctly.  Assistants Holmes and Scholes cannot ‘hide in the bushes’ and they must stand up and be counted should Kevin Friend need their assistance on any big decisions tonight.

DM at 2017-12-26 18:26:09

Kevin Friend has refereed 9 games this season in the EPL, in which he has not dismissed a player but has issued 23 cautions.  Since the start of the season, he has not refereed Swansea but he has been in the middle for 2 of Liverpool’s EPL matches, both resulting in victories against Crystal Palace and Huddersfield respectively.

DM at 2017-12-26 18:21:48

Appointed Match officials:

Referee – Kevin Friend

Assistants – Adrian Holmes and Mark Scholes

4th official – Paul Tierney

DM at 2017-12-26 18:20:44

The referee for the match is Kevin Friend and his Assistants are Adrian Holmes (technical area side) and Mark Scholes (far side), with Paul Tierney holding the boards as fourth official

DM at 2017-12-26 18:18:02

Welcome to this evening’s ref cam as Liverpool host Swansea City in a Boxing Day EPL match at Anfield.