Desperate to make a statement in their race to retain the Premier League title, Manchester City will travel to Anfield on Sunday.
Thanks to Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea last week, Pep Guardiola’s side now sit top of the table via their superior goal difference.
However, without a win on Merseyside in their last 19 attempts, it seems the odds have been further stacked against City.
It has been announced that Martin Atkinson will take charge of the game this weekend.
Sadly for Manchester City fans, they don’t have happy memories of the 47-year-old official.
— Premier League (@premierleague) October 2, 2018
Martin Atkinson and Manchester City
Despite breaking almost every record in the Premier League last season, the Citizens have failed to win their last three matches when Atkinson has been in charge.
The experienced referee has also found himself at the heart of some recent controversy.
Taking charge of City’s 1-1 draw with Wolves back in August, Atkinson failed to see Willy Boly’s clear handball.
His decision cost City to drop their only points in the Premier League so far.
This wasn’t the first time Guardiola’s side felt the official had cost them some crucial points.
Last season, Atkinson was appointed for Manchester United’s famous 3-2 comeback win at the Etihad.
With the opportunity to clinch the title against their old enemy on home soil, Atkinson should have shown Ashley Young a straight red for his horror tackle that left Sergio Aguero injured.
Prior to that, the Yorkshire man also took charge of City’s 1-1 draw at Turf Moor in February.
As for Liverpool’s record under Atkinson, Klopp’s men were unbeaten in all four matches he officiated on last year.
Social media reaction
Martin Atkinson will officiate Liverpool vs Manchester City game this Sunday. Good luck with that then! pic.twitter.com/XlR44ZuoyB
— Man City Delhi (@ManCityDelhi) October 2, 2018
Martin Atkinson refereeing on Sunday. At least one dodgy decision pending.
— Fraudy ⚽️ (@AgentFraudy) October 2, 2018
I was optimistic about Liverpool Away. Now I know we’ve got Martin Atkinson officiating the game, you might as well put City’ first loss of the season on the the board right now.
— Mark Harrison 🇪🇺 (@MarkIHarrison) October 2, 2018
Martin Atkinson will officiate Liverpool vs Manchester City game this Sunday.
Wolves goal vs City was a Hand Ball, he awarded the goal
Ashley Young almost broke Aguero’s Foot, No Penalty awarded by Atkinson.
The best we are getting is an Injury and a Draw vs Liverpool.
— KDB (@GeniusKDB) October 2, 2018
I hate to wish injury on an opponent but I hope Martin Atkinson pulls a hammy before Sunday.
— Henty (@baloo_moon) October 2, 2018
Martin Atkinson vs Liverpool
— Nico. (@DeBrxyne17) October 2, 2018
Appointing Martin Atkinson for the #LFC – #mcfc fixture this week is blatant the @FA want us to drop points. Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore words in the summer are put into works. We need to fire in all cylinders and defend like the wall of China. pic.twitter.com/JzgeX4G6t8
— Uncle Pep © (@PepCenturia) October 2, 2018