Marriner makes Liverpool v Man Utd ripe for Red-Emption

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There is nothing like the ‘English Clasico’ to get tempers flaring and the early season Premier League clash between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield is sure to be no exception.

This fixture has been notoriously red mist-inducing to whichever crop of players happens to be charging around on behalf of England’s two most successful clubs over the years, as Jonjo Shelvey will testify.

It was in the Anfield edition last season that Shelvey’s lunge tackle involving Jonny Evans ensured he became the latest recipient of his marching orders in this historic feud – the fourth player to be shown red in the last eight meetings between the clubs.

So with Ladbrokes currently offering their fantastic Red-Demption offer on live football – where they’re refunding losing Correct Score and Next Goalscorer bets up to £25, as a free bet, that have been placed in-play until the moment the red card is shown – this is a game worthy of a flutter. For full terms and conditions just click here www.ladbrokes.com/redcard

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The return clash at Old Trafford last term may not have produced a red, but it did still serve up plenty of incident, with five players ending up in the referee’s notebook.

However, the absolute game-breaker for this clash is the Premier League’s appointment of Andre Marriner as the man to call the big shots from the middle.

This is a referee in the card-dishing form of his life. Heading into March of last season Marriner had not brandished one single red card until he suddenly appeared to relocate it and never looked back.

The last eight games the Birmingham-based official oversaw across all competitions last season produced exactly the same number of red cards from his top pocket.

Flash-forward to the start of this campaign and the man in black has hit the ground running again, issuing eight yellows and a red in his first two games.

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Christian Crowther

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