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West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool (26/12/2004) - Meet the Referee
Friday, 24th December 2004
Rob Styles of Portsmouth will referee his second Liverpool game of the season as we head to the Midlands to face West Bromwich Albion.

The 40-year old from Hampshire began refereeing in 1987 and has had a fairly rapid rise since. He became a Football League linesman in 1994, and finally made the Premiership list of referees in 2000. Two years later FIFA installed him on their list of officials.

He earned a reputation of not being backward in getting the cards out of his pocket, with only Mike Dean ahead of him in giving out cautions and dismissals. Last season Styles amassed a total of 123 yellows and 16 reds in only 37 games. This season he started to appear to have kept those cards in his pocket but a run of 19 cautions and 3 dismissals in his last 6 games has put paid to that idea.

This will be his ninth time in charge of the reds since he became a select group official, we have won 4 and drawn 3 of the previous 8 games with the only defeat coming at Charlton Athletic last season.

His assistants on Saturday will be Glenn Turner and Robert Lewis, and the fourth official is Howard Webb.

A few memorable matches involving Liverpool and Rob Styles.
29th December 2001- Michael Owen scores his 100th Liverpool goal in a 1-1 draw at West Ham United
14th August 2002 ? Milan Baroš scores his first Liverpool goals in a 3-2 win at Bolton Wanderers.
26th January 2003 ? Chris Kirkland’s season is over as he suffers a serious leg injury during the FA Cup 4th round match at Crystal Palace.
2nd November 2003 ? A late Danny Murphy penalty gives us a 2-1 win at Fulham. Luis Boa Morte was earlier sent-off for the hosts.
30th October 2004 ? Djibril Cissť’s season is over following his broken leg during the 2-2 draw at Blackburn Rovers.



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