Two of England’s FAs representatives for EURO2004 will take charge of the New Year's Day clash between Liverpool and Chelsea. Mike Riley of Yorkshire will be joined by Philip Sharp on the line.
This will be the first time our paths have crosses this season and Chelsea’s third time.
One of the youngest referees in the Premiership at 40 years old, he has been blowing his whistle in the top flight since 1996, and on the European scene since 1999. Last season though was his most successful so far. He was in the middle for the Carling Cup final between Middlesbrough and Bolton Wanderers, and in the same month he received the call from UEFA about his inclusion for Portugal 2004.
So far this season he has 3 Champions League games under his belt and one World Cup qualifier.
This will be his second Liverpool v Chelsea clash at Anfield, back in May 2001 two goals from Michael Owen and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink ensured the points were shared.
Averaging over 3 yellow cards per game so far this season, he has also shown the red card 8 times in his 20 games at home and abroad. The most recent red card was his last game out at The Valley when he dismissed Everton’s Duncan Ferguson in their defeat against Charlton Athletic.
Joining Mike and Philip Sharp will be David Babski and the fourth official will be Mark Clattenburg.
Some memorable games involving Liverpool and Mike Riley.
27th September 1999 ? Sander Westerveld, Steven Gerrard and Francis Jeffers see red as Kevin Campbell’s goal gives Everton a 1-0 win.
17th December 2000 ? Luke Chadwick sees red as Liverpool come away from Old Trafford with all 3 points thanks to a Danny Murphy free-kick.
27th January 2002 ? Arsenal knock us out of the FA Cup to gain revenge for the 2001 Cup Final win. Martin Keown, Dennis Bergkamp and Jamie Carragher are all sent off during the game.
5th April 2003 ? Sami Hyypia is sent off in the first 5 minutes at Old Trafford as we go on to lose 4-0.
24th April 2004 ? Danny Murphy gets his third winner at Old Trafford, this time from the penalty spot.
15th May 2004 ? A 1-1 draw against Newcastle United at Anfield ensured Champions League qualification. It was also the last Liverpool match for Gerard Houllier, Michael Owen, Danny Murphy and Emile Heskey.