LONDON: The selection of referee Andre Marriner for Liverpool’s final game against Crystal Palace at Anfield is sure to worry home fans.
A 3-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor propelled Jurgen Klopp’s side into the top four of the Premier League and Liverpool had a chance to decide their own fate for Champions League qualification.
The Reds overtook Brendan Rodgers ‘Leicester City by a goal difference (24 to 20), and would qualify for the Champions League if they matched the Foxes’ result against Tottenham Hotspur at King Power Stadium.
Chelsea are in third place one point above the two rivals but could still drop out if they fail to win at Aston Villa while Liverpool and Leicester record victories.
However, Chelsea, who advanced to the Champions League final, still have a chance to qualify as European champions if they can beat Manchester City in Porto.
Marriner is considered bad for Liverpool this season who have not won in all four games judged by the 50-year-old referee from Birmingham this season.
The first match was the Community Shield at Wembley in August where Liverpool lost a penalty shootout to Arsenal after a 1-1 tie.
Then Liverpool also drew 1-1 at Fulham in December. It was followed by a 1-0 defeat at Southampton in January with Klopp questioning some of Marriner’s decisions.
Then in the only match Marriner played at Anfield this season, Liverpool drew 1-1 with Newcastle United.
Adding to the worry, the official who will take care of the VAR this Sunday is Paul Tierney, the same referee who sparked controversy by blowing the break whistle earlier when Sadio Mane had a chance to score against Manchester United in January.