It’s well-established that Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp continue to have a difficult relationship with Paul Tierney on and off the pitch.
It’s a connection that’s virtually certain to be tested over the weekend with the official having been announced as taking command of VAR duties for the Reds’ upcoming meeting with Wolves, as reported on X by the Echo’s Paul Gorst.
Michael Oliver will take charge of Liverpool’s encounter at Wolves this weekend. The referee is Paul Tierney.
The appointment is certain to be met with disapproval in the red half of Merseyside following what was a rather contentious match with Bournemouth a few weeks ago, in which the Englishman had failed to intervene and reverse a red card issued to Alexis Mac Allister for a 50-50 challenge with Ryan Christie.
Whilst we’d like not be wasting our time questioning the integrity of referees week after week as opposed to discussing footballing problems, it’s tough to comprehend why Tierney continues to be given permission to cover Liverpool games given persistent issues that pop up in his officiating.
We know that problems with referees are widespread in the English top-flight and setting a precedent where one referee isn’t allowed within a 10-mile radius of a certain club might be a situation that quickly spins out of hand.
However, we don’t support the idea of just ignoring the problem and rewarding those responsible for it if they make repeated mistakes.