Manchester United and Liverpool’s referee for their massive clash has some history with Jurgen Klopp.
The Red Devils have the chance to overtake their rivals with a draw or win against Burnley at Turf Moor on Tuesday night, with both sides sitting on 33 points at the top of the table and the Old Trafford side having a game in hand.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will then take on the Premier League champions on Sunday as both sides look to send a message to each other.
Klopp has the advantage against his United foe, winning the latest game which came in January 2020 after two draws.
But the German may have a hard time from the man in the middle, Paul Tierney, as he has some history with the Reds boss.
The 40-year-old was in charge of the Reds’ game against Aston Villa in July, taking place at an empty Anfield stadium.
Georginio Wijnaldum went down and was not awarded a free kick, leading Klopp to remonstrate with the referee.
But Tierney – as reported in the Liverpool Echo – simply replied: “I missed it Jurgen. I’m like players, I’m going to make mistakes. I missed it. Get over it.”
As the response echoed around Anfield, all the Liverpool boss could do was stare on in silence.
Klopp did see his side come away with a win, though, as Sadio Mane and Curtis Jones put the club on their way to a first-ever Premier League title.
Tierney have overseen the Reds twice this season – the 2-0 win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and last month’s draw against Newcastle.
While the Lancashire-born referee has taken charge of a United game once, coming on Merseyside in their 3-1 win against Everton.
United have enjoyed some imperious league form, winning nine games and drawing two since their loss to Arsenal in November.
But club legend Rio Ferdinand is not getting carried away as he wants to avoid “becoming a meme again”.
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