Premier League appoint Anthony Taylor for Liverpool vs Man United

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The international break isn't even over yet but Premier League fans are already eagerly anticipating the coming weekend's set of domestic fixtures.

Arguably the standout match actually takes place on Monday when Jose Mourinho takes his Manchester United side to Anfield to face Liverpool.

It is already guaranteed to be a fiercely contested affair but the Premier League have risked fanning the flames even before a ball has been kicked by their choice of referee.

Anthony Taylor has been appointed to oversee the clash for the first time, despite being born six miles away from Old Trafford.

Rules state referees cannot officiate a game which the team they support are involved in, however, Taylor has declared his allegiance for Altrincham rather than the Red Devils.

The 37-year-old has refereed both clubs from Manchester in the past but taking on one of the greatest rivalries in English football is certainly a risky move by the Premier League.

The difficulty for Jurgen Klopp is that even if he is annoyed by the appointment he isn't allowed to discuss it should he wish to avoid a similar £8,000 fine to that Brendan Rodgers received in 2013.

Rodgers said: "I certainly wasn't questioning the integrity of referees. It was more than logical [to question] having a referee from that part of the world [get] a game in Manchester," after Lee Mason - from Bolton - oversaw a 2-1 loss to Manchester City while the current Celtic boss was at Anfield.

"Hopefully we won't have a Greater Manchester referee with Liverpool-Manchester games in future."

Understandably, Liverpool fans are outraged at the decision. Here are some of the best tweets:

It is extremely unlikely the Premier League will change the officials now but they have been known to in the past.

Kevin Friend was taken off a Tottenham game late on last season as he was perceived to support their title rivals Leicester after living nearby and attending a few matches at the King Power Stadium.

It has since been revealed Friend actually follows Bristol City but referees still have their background information updated at the start of every season.

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