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What Steven Gerrard wrote about Martin Atkinson in his autobiography

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We’ve still got a few more days to wait but the Premier League returns with a bang on Saturday.

In the lunchtime kick-off, Liverpool host Manchester United as we forget all about the awful international break - well from an England point of view anyway.

Matches between Liverpool and United always attract billions of viewers from around the world and this weekend’s match won’t be any different.

Despite it still being early in the season, there is a lot to play for.

A Liverpool win and are their recent struggles will be forgotten as they move up to third, four points behind the Red Devils.

But if Jose Mourinho can mastermind an away win, they will go top and move 10 points clear of the Reds.

One thing is for sure, there have been some incredible battles between the two biggest sides in England in the past.

While Jurgen Klopp’s side will have home advantage, their record in the league at home to their arch-rivals is pretty poor in recent years.

Liverpool v Manchester United - Premier League

In fact, Liverpool haven’t beaten United at home in the league since September 2013 - although they did defeat them in the Europa League in 2016.

A year previously in 2015, the match will always be remembered for Steven Gerrard’s red card.

Gerrard was brought on at half-time and was sent-off by Martin Atkinson for a stamp on Ander Herrera just 38 seconds after coming on in a game Liverpool lost 2-1 - and ultimately lost their top-four aspirations to their opponents.

What Gerrard said about Atkinson

While his dismissal was fully justified on that occasion, it seems Gerrard isn’t too keen on Atkinson as a ref.

He later wrote in his autobiography that he “could not stand" Atkinson.

Oh dear.

Everton's English midfielder Phil Nevill

Gerrard probably won’t be too pleased to see that Atkinson has just been appointed as the referee for Saturday’s clash between Liverpool and United at Anfield, then…

To be fair, many consider Atkinson as one of the best referees in the league right now.

His last match was the clash between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge - although he is yet to take control of a Liverpool game this season.

Gerrard and everyone associated with Liverpool will just be hoping he isn’t brandishing any red cards to the home side on Saturday.

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