Swansea City v Liverpool


RH at 2016-10-01 14:42:46

So the Refereeing talking points in this game were

  • An outstanding performance from Michael Oliver
  • Excellent Refereeing has a positive effect on the score line
  • Three key match incidents judged correctly
  • Text book final third/penalty area positioning delivers key match incident making accuracy!

Michael Oliver really is Refereeing so well at the moment which is great news for the PGMOL because for all the right reasons he’s putting pressure on Mark Clattenburg and Martin Atkinson and there is every reason to suggest that he’s ready for the big game Premier League appointments. He’s Refereeing with so much confidence, his body language, movement and positioning are all polished. His contribution today made a positive effect in this game and he was involved in all three goals. The first goal a set piece with no grappling, the second a free kick following a cynical holding offence by Britton, that saw Liverpool draw level and earn the culprit a caution. The third goal a nailed on penalty awarded from a great viewing angle. In addition there was the first half incident where Sturridge went to ground under minimal contact from Routledge, from a superb position the Referee correctly decided that Liverpool player was guilty of simulation. If that wasn’t enough there was the crucial penalty area tackle by Barrow on Milner as both players slid in on a wet surface where yet again Michael Oliver rightly decided that the Swans player got enough on the ball. We at ‘Your are the Ref’ keep banging on about final third and penalty area positioning, get it right and you have the best chance to get Key match incidents right, today I rest my case!!! Michael’s body language looks good, he was moving as well at the end as at any point in the game. An all round accomplished performance!

Both Assistants on the whole did well Gary Beswick got flat footed once and Adam Nunn should have intervened when Mane was on the receiving end of a careless second half challenge, but lets put things in context, this was a great afternoon for the Match officials and an Outstanding one for Michael Oliver!

RH at 2016-10-01 14:21:35

Full Time

Summary to follow

RH at 2016-10-01 14:20:49

Van der Hoorn should have levelled it for the Swans!

RH at 2016-10-01 14:17:31

A minimum of 4 minutes added time to be played!

RH at 2016-10-01 14:16:51

As Liverpool attack in the closing minutes, Michael Oliver is moving well and look as fresh as at any point of the game today!

RH at 2016-10-01 14:14:36

The first time the Referee has got in the way today as he checks Can, no ones perfect!

RH at 2016-10-01 14:12:31

We’ve got more Premier League action on Refcam to come before the next International break! Tomorrow at 12.00 we check on the progress on Manchester United as they entertain Stoke City at Old Trafford, both teams are desperate for points albeit at opposite ends of the table! Then at 4.30 we have a fascinating game for you as Burnley fresh from their Monday night home win take on in form Arsenal!  

RH at 2016-10-01 14:11:44

GOAL!Milner coverts!


RH at 2016-10-01 14:11:15

Penalty! Rangel pushes Firmino, Referee points to the spot, 100% correct!

RH at 2016-10-01 14:07:52

Michael Oliver working hard to adjust his final third positioning as Coutinho lined himself up for a strike!

RH at 2016-10-01 14:05:47

Gary Beswick was caught flat footed in that last Swansea attack and left himself with plenty of ground to make up!

RH at 2016-10-01 14:04:26

Liverpool don’t like defending set pieces do they!

RH at 2016-10-01 14:02:23

That challenge by Barrow on Milner was tight, but the Swansea man got enough contact on the ball

RH at 2016-10-01 14:00:03

make that a knife edge!

RH at 2016-10-01 13:59:30

In a game that’s on a knifed edge, the Referees control, movement and presence underline that Michael Oliver is the master of his fortunes today!

RH at 2016-10-01 13:57:16

Van der Hoorn goes to ground in his own penalty area following a challenge with Milner, the Referee rules no offence from close range, once again he’s got it right, the power of high quality penalty area positioning!

RH at 2016-10-01 13:55:03

Mane goes to ground right under the nose of Adam Nunn, but the Assistant is not impressed, TV pictures show that he should have signalled a free kick!

RH at 2016-10-01 13:53:12

I’m pleased nothing came of that last Liverpool attacking phase of play because in the build up the Referee brought the whistle up to his mouth but didn’t award Swansea  free kick, its happened to us all!

RH at 2016-10-01 13:50:37

The Swansea captain Britton, already on a caution is substituted!

RH at 2016-10-01 13:49:17

Adam Nunn definitely the busier of the two Assistants at the moment running the Liverpool forwards!

RH at 2016-10-01 13:46:06

Lets make no bones about it, the first goal from a set piece and the second goal from a caution and a free kick, the Referee is having a positive effect on this game!

RH at 2016-10-01 13:44:48

Swansea are up against now, Liverpool are reinvigorated and with both Holding midfield players on cautions the Swans have their hands full!

RH at 2016-10-01 13:43:12

Borja careless on Mane, spot on free kick!

RH at 2016-10-01 13:42:11

GOAL!Firmino levels it for Liverpool!


RH at 2016-10-01 13:41:07

Yellow CardA cynical holding offence by Britton on Mane earns the Swans captain a caution!

RH at 2016-10-01 13:37:18

Well its certainly end to end at the moment!

RH at 2016-10-01 13:36:00

The heavy rain will I’m sure make the ball run faster and see some players sliding around more!

RH at 2016-10-01 13:32:20

The second half has started!

RH at 2016-10-01 13:25:58

Well so far so good! Michael Oliver looks to be continuing his fine run of form at the moment, he looks confident, in control and he’s moving around well and his reading of this game so far has been excellent. The highlight has been the three cautions, particularly the Henderson spot as he held Routledge in a promising attack and the penalty area simulation caution for Sturridge. We often talk about Referee’s getting in the best viewing positions in and around the penalty, the TV replays confirming that Oliver’s position for that incident could not have been bettered.  Both Assistants look comfortable, although Gary Beswick had a close call as he flagged Sturrirdge offside, I’m not sure about that one, but Adam Nunn did well on the goal as Fer was level. So its all to play for in the second half!

RH at 2016-10-01 13:17:47

Half Time

RH at 2016-10-01 13:15:28

A minimum of 2 minutes additional time to be played

RH at 2016-10-01 13:13:49

Britton rightly earns a free kick in a dangerous position as he was on the end of a careless challenge

RH at 2016-10-01 13:10:47

We’ve got more Premier League action on Refcam to come before the next International break! Tomorrow at 12.00 we check on the progress on Manchester United as they entertain Stoke City at Old Trafford, both teams are desperate for points albeit at opposite ends of the table! Then at 4.30 we have a fascinating game for you as Burnley fresh from their Monday night home win take on in form Arsenal!  

RH at 2016-10-01 13:10:22

Yellow CardSturridge goes to ground under minimal contact from Routledge, if that was a penalty the Referee would have been setting the bar too low, caution for simulation, spot on!

RH at 2016-10-01 13:08:05

Yellow CardCork late and Reckless on Clyne, a nailed on caution!

RH at 2016-10-01 13:07:18

Coutinho careless challenge on Borja, rightly penalised

RH at 2016-10-01 13:05:22

The match tempo has been pretty even, other than the caution and the Referee has judged his involvement level well!

RH at 2016-10-01 13:01:24

Michael Oliver’s detection rate of careless challenges in midfield is spot on at the moment

RH at 2016-10-01 13:00:31

Good thing for Swansea that Mane stayed on his feet in that last attack because Van der Hoorn certainly made contact from behind

RH at 2016-10-01 12:58:09

The Referee having an off the ball word with Britton who was paying close attention to Coutinho in that last Liverpool breakaway attack!

RH at 2016-10-01 12:56:16

Yellow CardGreat caution as Henderson holds Cork to stop him making progress in a promising Swansea attack, superb Refereeing!

RH at 2016-10-01 12:54:55

Gary Beswick with a late offside flag on Sturridge, that looked tight!

RH at 2016-10-01 12:54:13

Another good spot as Firmino catches Cork late

RH at 2016-10-01 12:52:49

The home crown didn’t like it but Routledge did foul Milner there

RH at 2016-10-01 12:50:20

In fact it looks like Lallana will take no further part in the game!

RH at 2016-10-01 12:49:35

Lallana and Britton contest the ball the in midfield and the Liverpool man came off worst, but no offence committed

RH at 2016-10-01 12:48:17

I like the way that Michael Oliver squeezes play with Adam Nunn, particularly as Swansea are attacking with width down the right where some robust challenges are coming in, again good reading of play

RH at 2016-10-01 12:45:53

Firmino just offside and Gary Bewick called it right!

RH at 2016-10-01 12:44:28

Well Liverpool certainly look better going forward at the moment!

RH at 2016-10-01 12:42:53

Good reading of the game and constant adjusting of position by Michael Oliver especially in the final third of the field of play

RH at 2016-10-01 12:40:53

Also worth mention that Assistant Adam Nunn had a close offside decision to make on that goal, but it appeared that Fer could have been level

RH at 2016-10-01 12:39:39

Well that’s another goal from a set piece, with grappling out of fashion is great to see the game opening up!

RH at 2016-10-01 12:38:16

GOAL!Very nicely is the answer to that as Fer opens the scoring for the swans!


RH at 2016-10-01 12:37:29

First corner of the game, so lets see how the players line up!

RH at 2016-10-01 12:34:28

Swansea have lined up with the popular 4-2-3-1 formation with Liverpool playing their pressing 4-3-3 formation, that means that the reds will playing high up the field of play with Swansea possibly attacking with width to get the ball up to their lone front man González Tomás, could be that the Assistants will have a different game to track in each half

RH at 2016-10-01 12:30:54

If you are watching the game on TV, Adam Nunn is operating on the far side and the other Assistant Gary Beswick is running the nearside touch line.

RH at 2016-10-01 12:30:15

Our match Referee Michael Oliver gets us underway!

RH at 2016-10-01 12:27:01

The teams and Match Officials have entered the field of play!

RH at 2016-10-01 12:20:05

The following is an extract from Jason Pettigroves excellent ‘Runners and Riders’ piece that can be found on the ‘You are the Ref’ website ahead of each weekend’s Premier League action!

Michael Oliver: Swansea City v Liverpool

The Red side of Merseyside have also enjoyed a fabulous start to the campaign and Liverpool’s 16 goals is the most that they’ve ever scored in their opening half dozen games in a season.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are a threat from all areas of the pitch and if the Welshmen don’t close down their opponents quick enough there’s every reason to expect a healthy away victory.

Swansea have been unable to impose themselves in matches and with rumours swirling that Francesco Guidolin could be sacked, Swansea could even have a new man in charge before kick off.

Michael Oliver had a fantastic weekend last time out and when he’s on that form, he is up there with the best.

His fitness is obviously the best it’s been for a while and he’ll need to be at it because Liverpool will run him as well as Swansea ragged.

Michael Oliver – all you need to know Matches in 2016/17: 6 (3 on TV) Fourth official appointments in 2016/17: 2 Football League appointments in 2016/17: 0

RH at 2016-10-01 12:13:28

Today’s Match Referee is Michael Oliver. His Assistant Referees are Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn. The Fourth Official is Paul Tierney

RH at 2016-10-01 12:06:27

We get Saturdays Premier League action underway with the visit of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to South Wales, they’ve had their successes on the road but as other big name teams will testify, Swansea City will provide formidable opposition at the Liberty Stadium!