Huddersfield Daily Examiner

Will Kevin be a Friend of foe for Town?

- By MEL BOOTH @examinerHT­AFC

HUDDERSFIE­LD Town will have Kevin Friend in charge when they travel to Liverpool tomorrow.

It’s a fourth Premier League match of the season for the Leicesters­hire official involving Town - and he issued a red card against a Terrier in the last one.

That was in the 2-0 defeat at Newcastle United when Tommy Smith received a straight sending-off for a challenge on Miguel Almiron.

Friend also refereed the 1-0 defeat at Fulham and Town’s 2-0 win against Wolves at Molineux back in November.

His appointmen­t is also a fourth Liverpool match of the season.

Most notably the 47-year-old was the man in the middle as Liverpool were held by West Ham in February.

Following the 1-1 draw at the London Stadium, Jurgen Klopp claimed Mr Friend was influenced by Sadio Mane’s opening goal, as James Milner was clearly offside in the build-up.

Speaking to the BBC, Klopp said: “I heard our goal was offside, I’m pretty sure the ref knew that. In 50-50 situations it was always a free-kick for the other team, which was hard and did not make life easy.”

In a separate interview, with Sky Sports, the German coach told: “As a human being, if I know I have made a big mistake in the first half, I don’t want to open the gap any more.

“Referees are obviously human beings, and I understand that, but I didn’t during the game because I had no clue that our goal was offside.”

The Liverpool boss was later charged £45,000 by the Football Associatio­n for the statements which were deemed to have questioned the referee’s integrity.

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Referee Kevin Friend

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