Liverpool v Portsmouth (29/10/2008) - Meet the Referee
Monday, 27th October 2008
Steve Tanner of Somerset will referee his second Liverpool game of his career as Portsmouth come to Anfield.

One of the newest of the Select Group of referees, his first match in the Premiership came on 23rd December 2006 when Everton won 2-0 at Reading. His second game lasted only ten minutes as torrential rain at Vicarage Road halted Watford's game against Wigan Athletic.

He has since gone on to referee 19 games in the top flight. In that Everton win he kept his cards in his pocket, but so far that is the one and only time he has. He has only sent off one player in that time, Jason Koumas of Wigan Athletic five minutes into their 1-0 win against Bolton Wanderers last season. His next caution in the Premiership will be his half century of yellow cards.

He has refereed Portsmouth twice before, both games were at Fratton Park last season. Pompey won them both 3-1 against Bolton Wanderers and 4-2 against Birmingham City.
This year he replaced Graham Poll on the FIFA list and made his debut in European football last month as he was in the middle of Sampdoria's 5-0 win over FBK Kaunus in the UEFA Cup.

His only Liverpool game also came at Anfield as two late goals from Torres and Gerrard (pen) gave us the points against Fulham.

His assistants for this game are Andrew Halliday and Mo Matadar with Alan Wiley as the fourth official. This will be Wiley's third game in succession on Merseyside after refereeing Everton's 1-1 draw with Manchester United last Saturday and our 3-2 win against Wigan Athletic the previous weekend.

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