Liverpool fans are upset at the referee choice for Manchester United game

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One of the most heated rivalries in football is nearly upon us, Liverpool v Manchester United. The acid test for Jose Mourinho, as he manages United for the first time against their biggest enemies. Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp will be looking to improve on The Reds’ recent record, where they have failed to beat United since March 2014 in the Premier League.

As with many big games, teams like to get their excuses in nice and early. This time around, the pre-match controversy surrounds the appointment of the man in black.

Liverpool fans are unhappy because Manchester-born Anthony Taylor will take charge of the crucial fixture next week.

Taylor, born six miles away from Old Trafford in Wythenshawe, has provoked reaction from The Kop, who are questioning both the quality of  his refereeing and his place of birth.

Taylor is said to support non-league side Altrincham FC. He has overseen seven Premier League matches this season, handing out a total of 23 yellow cards.