Liverpool fans are not happy about the referee assignment for their clash with Manchester United. Craig Pawson will be in charge as second take on third at Old Trafford this Saturday. He'll be accompanied by Gary Beswick and Peter Kirkup, and Martin Atkinson as fourth official.
Reds fans remember Pawson well. He awarded Everton a controversial penalty, which lead to an equaliser during the 1-1 draw in the first Merseyside derby of the season in December.
Pawson was also in charge of Liverpool's FA Cup fourth-round 3-2 loss to West Bromwich Albion. It was a frantic affair at the Hawthorns, marred by VAR controversy as the first-half ran for 50 minutes.
The winner of Saturday's match will finish the weekend in second place.
Here's how Liverpool fans reacted to the news. And let's just say it's hardly positive…
We are doomed! He is a clone of Howard Webb!
— Nikhil Ajarekar (@nik_blgmIND) March 6, 2018
FFS. How on earth does he get a game of this magnitude?
— Carl Smaller (@CSmaller18) March 6, 2018
Gave Everton softest pen ever
— ٓ (@MalikLFC19) March 6, 2018
— GIVlfc (@gkipkoech) March 6, 2018
We are dead.. I'm about to puke
— iam_lfc (@alnevers) March 6, 2018
By far the worst choice.
He's in top 3 the worst refs in England, well done @FA
— Bob (@The_Red_Figaro) March 6, 2018
Can't wait for Craig Pawson to cost us the game on Saturday pic.twitter.com/p3PwtvkAVD
— Tøm (@FinishLikeBobby) March 6, 2018