Peter Walton of Long Buckby makes a quick return to Anfield this season to referee our next Premiership game against Hull City on Saturday. Walton was in charge of our first home game against Stoke City last month.
Peter is currently the oldest referee in the Premiership, having started his refereeing career in the local Northampton leagues over 23 years ago, and in only 7 years he was running the line as a Football League Assistant. A season later he was promoted to be 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 at 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 its better games, as Wolverhampton Wanderers turned over a 3-0 half time deficit at Molineux to win 4-3 against Leicester City.
This will be his fourteenth time in the middle of a Liverpool match in all competitions, only Portsmouth back in April 2007 have managed a victory against us. Peter refereed Hull City three times last season and they remained unbeaten with one win and two draws, in fact he was in charge of Hull's first ever Premiership game as they beat Fulham 2-1 at the KC Stadium.
His assistants are Stuart Burt and Peter Kirkup with Andre Marriner 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 Cissé 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 appearances. 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 - Peter Crouch scores his last Liverpool goal in a 2-2 draw at Birmingham city.
5th October 2008 - Three second half goals overturn a 2-0 deficit at Eastlands. Torres scored our 1,000th Premiership strike in this game with Kuyt getting a dramatic late winner.
8th November 2008 - Two firsts in the 3-0 defeat of WBA - Robbie Keane and Álvaro Arbeloa both scored their first Anfield goals in this game.
24th May 2009 - Anfield says goodbye to Sami Hyypiä and Xabi Alonso in a 3-1 defeat of Spurs. Torres scored his 50th Liverpool goal in all competitions.
19th August 2009 - Jamie Carragher plays his 400th Premiership game, Daniel Ayala starts in the Premiership for the first time and Glen Johnson scores on his home debut during a 4-0 win against Stoke City.