Lee Mason of Bolton will referee our next Premiership game as newly promoted Burnley visit Anfield for the first time in the League for over 33 years.
Lee is a relatively new referee to the Premiership having been promoted to the Select Group in 2006. This will be only the sixth Liverpool game of his career and we remain unbeaten in the previous five. However, four of those games ended goalless and the only victory came courtesy of a Torres hat-trick in a 3-2 win over Middlesbrough back in February last year.
He last refereed Burnley back in March when a late Christian Kalvenes goal at Bloomfield Road gave them all three points against Lancashire rivals Blackpool.
Lee gained a degree at Liverpool Hope University, now known as Liverpool John Moores University, where he studied between 1990 and 1993. He played regularly for the university football team, in fact his younger brother Andy is a former professional footballer who played for Hull City, Chesterfield and Macclesfield Town before dropping down to non-league.
His first Premiership outing was on 4th February when a Luke Moore hat-trick helped Aston Villa to a 4-0 win at Middlesbrough.
Lee ended last season by refereeing both legs of the FA Youth Cup Final as Arsenal were too strong for us and won both games 4-1 and 2-1.
His assistants on Saturday are Scott Ledger and Mo Matadar with Mike Jones as the fourth official for the third time this season.
Only one memorable match involving Liverpool and Lee Mason so far.
23rd Feb 2008 - Torres hits a hat-trick during a 3-2 home win against Middlesbrough.