The Premier League have announced the match officials for Liverpool’s clash with Arsenal at the Emirates this Sunday.
The two sides played out an entertaining 1-1 draw at Anfield in December, although it was not without controversy.
The Gunners have stuttered here and there this season, and as a result find themselves five points adrift of the Reds in top spot.
However, Mikel Arteta’s men bounced back from the 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Liverpool with a resounding 5-0 over Crystal Palace earlier this month.
The Spaniard manager will know that a loss to Liverpool at home will pretty much rule Arsenal out of the title race.
Even removing the points differential, a loss to direct rivals at home will inflict a significant mental blow to the young Gunners squad.
The Premier League officials allocated to Arsenal vs Liverpool
In what is the flagship Premier League game of the weekend, the match officials have now been announced for the clash.
Anthony Taylor has been selected as the on-field referee.
His assistants will be Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn.
Tasked with the fourth official’s responsibility is Craig Pawson.
Meanwhile, VAR duties have been bestowed on David Coote with his assistant being Tim Wood.
It is another set of referees that will likely have Liverpool fans seething.
David Coote was on VAR in the reverse fixture at Anfield, where Martin Odegaard looked to have committed a handball in defending against Salah.
PGMOL chief Howard Webb would later confess that Coote did not apply the laws correctly.
Furthermore, Jurgen Klopp has had his fair share of trouble with Anthony Taylor as well.
Anthony Taylor gave the German a red card during last season’s 1-0 win over Manchester City at Anfield.
Hopefully there can be a controversy-free affair at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon for another mouthwatering clash at the top of the table.