The referee for Arsenal’s League Cup clash against Liverpool has been announced as Kevin Friend, but the Gunners’ recent record under him doesn’t exactly make for good reading! The 49-year-old Friend will be assisted by Adrian Holmes and Simon Beck, with Paul Tierney as the fourth official.
In their last six games with Friend in the middle, Arsenal have won only one. It’s the exact opposite with Liverpool- they’ve lost only one of their last six games that Friend has refereed.
Arsenal record under Kevin Friend | Last 6 games | all competitions
Everton 0-0 Arsenal (2019/20 Premier League)
Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal (2019/20 Premier League)
Everton 1-0 Arsenal (2018/19 Premier League)
Arsenal 3-1 Burnley (2018/19 Premier League)
Manchester United 2-1 Arsenal (2017/18 Premier League)
Bournemouth 2-1 Arsenal (2017/18 Premier League)
Liverpool recent record under Kevin Friend
Liverpool 4-0 Southampton (2019/20 Premier League)
Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool (2019/20 Premier League)
Liverpool 5-0 Huddersfield (2018/19 Premier League)
West Ham 1-1 Liverpool (2018/19 Premier League)
Brighton 0-1 Liverpool (2018/19 Premier League)
Liverpool 1-2 Chelsea (2018/19, EFL Cup)
Liverpool’s last defeat under Friend, as you can see above, was in the EFL Cup two seasons ago- they lost 2-1 to Chelsea.
Has Kevin Friend refereed an Arsenal v Liverpool game before?
Yes, the game, played in the 2012/13 season, ended in a 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium. Liverpool had a 2-0 lead in that fixture thanks to goals from Luis Suarez (5′) and Jordan Henderson (60′), but Arsenal fought back to draw as Olivier Giroud (64′) and Theo Walcott (67′) netted within minutes of each other in the second half.
Arsenal lineup that day against Liverpool: Szczesny, Gibbs (Andre Santos), Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Sagna, Ramsey, Wilshere, Podolski, Cazorla, Walcott, Giroud
LFC starting XI that day against Arsenal: Reina, Johnson, Agger, Carragher, Wisdom, Lucas Leiva, Gerrard, Downing, Henderson, Suarez, Sturridge (Enrique)
Arsenal’s EFL Cup clash with Liverpool is one of three Cup fixtures on Thursday, but is the only all Premier League one in that set, with the Brentford v Fulham and Aston Villa v Stoke clashes both featuring a PL side against Championship opposition.
Friend has refereed two Premier League games in the current 20/21 season so far
Newcastle 0-3 Brighton (GW1)
Crystal Palace 1-2 Everton (GW2)
Both games saw penalties being awarded, and both were won by the away side! The Gunners are the travelling side for Thursday’s Cup fixture.
Arsenal EFL/League/Carabao Cup games refereed by Kevin Friend (2 wins, 1 loss)
Arsenal 1-0 West Ham United (2017/18)
Arsenal 0-2 Southampton (2016/17)
Reading 5-7 Arsenal (2012/13)