Peter Walton of Long Buckby will referee his first Liverpool game of the season as we travel to Manchester to face City.
He started his refereeing career in the local Northampton leagues in 1986, and in only 7 years he was running the line as a Football League Assistant. After only one season he was promoted to a Premiership Assistant Referee and then a FIFA assistant two years later in 1996. In the same year he was on the line in the FA Cup Final as Manchester United beat us 1-0, and followed that up by being an assistant in the European Championships.
He was promoted to a Football League referee in 1998 and spent five seasons there before getting the call to the Premiership. His first Premiership game was one of the Premierships better games, as Wolverhampton Wanderers turned over a 3-0 half time deficit at Molineux to win 4-3 against Leicester City.
Peter opened up this season by refereeing the Community Shield at Wembley between Portsmouth and Manchester United.
Walton's last game at the City of Manchester Stadium ended up with a 4-2 win against Bolton Wanderers in December 2007. He has refereed Liverpool five times previous in the Premiership and our only defeat was at Portsmouth in April 2007. Our last game with Peter in charge was a 2-2 draw at Birmingham City. Benitez rested several players in this game prior to our Semi-Final Champions League clash with Chelsea. Peter Crouch scoring what turned out to be his last one in a red shirt.
His assistants are Dave Bryan and Andrew Newbold with Neil Swarbrick as the fourth official.
Some memorable matches involving Liverpool and Peter Walton.
19th November 2005 - Crouch misses a penalty in Liverpool's 3-0 home win against Portsmouth. Djibril Cisse finds the net for the last time at Anfield.
25th October 2006 - Liverpool beat Reading 4-3 in the Carling Cup. Paletta and Peltier make their full debuts, Smith and Guthrie make their first Liverpool appearance. Paletta scores his only Liverpool goal in the win.
7th April 2007 - Arbeloa scores his first Liverpool goal in a 2-1 win at Reading.
15th January 2008 - Jamie Carragher is captain for his 500th appearance as Luton are dispatched from the FA Cup 5-0.
26th April 2008 - Rafa Benitez rests several players prior to the Chelsea Champions League Semi-Final clash during a 2-2 draw at Birmingham City. Peter Crouch netting what was to be his last Liverpool goal.