Bobby Madley will take charge of the standout tie at Anfield on Friday night, as the match official appointments for the Emirates FA Cup third round have been revealed.
The West Yorkshire whistler has come under fire for a number of high-profile errors this season, with former Premier League official Mark Halsey even suggesting he looks “overweight”.
But he will be in the middle for his second Merseyside derby when Liverpool and Everton kick off one of the biggest weekends in the football calendar in front of the BBC cameras.
His first taste of this fierce rivalry was also Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s maiden experience, as his side thrashed the Toffees 4-0 in April 2016 – a thumping Premier League win helped by the 50th minute dismissal of Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori for a challenge on Divock Origi, which saw the striker stretchered off with an ankle injury.
Elsewhere, on Friday night, Kevin Friend will oversee his first game involving Manchester United this season as the Reds welcome Championship side Derby County to Old Trafford in their first home game of 2018.
It’s the first time United will not be screened live on TV in the UK in the competition in 58 matches stretching back to the first game of their defence of the trophy they won in 2004 – a surprise goalless home draw against non-league Exeter City.
Meanwhile, Andre Marriner – who oversaw United’s 2-0 win at Everton on his 47th birthday on New Year’s Day – will make history when taking charge of the first competitive game in England in which video replays will be used in the first live Video Assistant Referee (VAR) test.
The West Midlands official will be in the middle for Brighton’s televised all-Premier League tie with rivals Crystal Palace on Monday night – as he was when the sides played out a goalless draw at the Amex Stadium at the end of November, when he issued just two yellow cards.
Neil Swarbrick is the official who will be the first-ever VAR in a competitive fixture in English football and he will be assisted by Peter Kirkup at the final tie of the weekend, which is also being screened live on BT Sport.
Swarbrick himself will take charge of Saturday’s all-Premier League clash between Newcastle United and Swansea City at St James’s Park.
Meanwhile, Saturday’s televised ties will see Select Group 2 official Simon Hooper tasked with taking charge of Leicester City’s trip to League One Fleetwood in the lunchtime encounter on the BBC, while Stuart Attwell will be in the middle for Chelsea’s encounter at Championship side Norwich City in the evening encounter on BT Sport at Carrow Road.
Sunday’s four matches begin with Mike Dean in charge of Leeds United’s midday kick-off at League Two Newport County, live on BBC One Wales. The Wirral whistler was in the spotlight after awarding a controversial penalty for West Bromwich Albion in their draw with Arsenal last weekend – much to the anger of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
Lancashire whistler Paul Tierney will be at the helm as David Moyes’s West Ham face a tough test at New Meadow in front of a national audience on BBC One against a Shrewsbury side flying high in League One under Paul Hurst.
Highly-rated Select Group 2 official David Coote – who has been earmarked for potential promotion to the Premier League in the future – is back at Wembley, where he’s officiated on numerous occasions in the past, on Sunday as Premier League giants Tottenham entertain League One outfit AFC Wimbledon.
Then, finally on Sunday afternoon at 16:00 GMT, Jon Moss will take charge of Arsenal’s trip to managerless Championship side Nottingham Forest, which will be shown live on BT Sport 2.
Among the other highlights, Graham Scott will take charge of Manchester City’s clash with fellow Premier League side Burnley at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
The corresponding top-flight fixture back in October saw City awarded a controversial penalty by Roger East when Burnley keeper Nick Pope was adjudged to have fouled Bernardo Silva, which led to Sergio Aguero’s opening goal in the 3-0 win for Pep Guardiola’s side.
Scott has established himself as a regular choice in the Premier League this season – officiating 12 games so far, including City’s 2-0 win at Leicester in November in which he booked their captain Vincent Kompany for an early foul on Jamie Vardy which some pundits thought could have been a red card as the striker looked to have a clear run on goal.
Meanwhile, Manchester’s Chris Kavanagh is tasked with keeping the peace as the referee when Championship rivals Middlesbrough and Sunderland lock horns in a Tyne-Wear derby at the Riverside Stadium in a 13:00 GMT kick-off on Saturday.
Here’s a full list of the match officials who will be overseeing the 32 ties from Friday to Monday…
FA CUP THIRD ROUND MATCH OFFICIAL APPOINTMENTS:
Friday 5 January
Liverpool v Everton (KO 19:55 GMT, live on BBC One)
Referee: Bobby Madley
Assistants: Marc Perry and Adrian Holmes
Fourth official: Jon Moss
Manchester United v Derby County (KO 20:00 GMT)
Referee: Kevin Friend
Assistants: Mick McDonough and Neil Davies
Fourth official: David Coote
Saturday 6 January
Fleetwood Town v Leicester City (KO 12:45 GMT, live on BBC One)
Referee: Simon Hooper
Assistants: Peter Kirkup and Lee Betts
Fourth official: Michael Salisbury
Middlesbrough v Sunderland (KO 13:00 GMT)
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Assistants: Akil Howson and Wayne Grunnill
Fourth official: Carl Boyeson
Aston Villa v Peterborough United (KO 15:00 GMT)
Referee: Robert Jones
Assistants: Philip Dermott and Steven Meredith
Fourth official: Peter Gibbons
Birmingham City v Burton Albion (KO 15:00 GMT)
Referee: Jeremy Simpson
Assistants: Adam Crysell and John Flynn
Fourth official: Antony Coggins
Blackburn Rovers v Hull City (KO 15:00 GMT)
Referee: Oliver Langford
Assistants: Mark Jones and Duncan Street
Fourth official: Tom Nield
Bolton Wanderers v Huddersfield Town (KO 15:00 GMT)
Referee: Roger East
Assistants: Andy Halliday and Jonathan Hunt
Fourth official: Martin Coy
Bournemouth v Wigan Athletic (KO 15:00 GMT)
Referee: Andy Madley
Assistants: Harry Lennard and Matt Foley
Fourth official: Charles Brakespear
Brentford v Notts County (KO 15:00 GMT)
Referee: Tim Robinson
Assistants: Michael George and Darren Blunden
Fourth official: Craig Hicks
Cardiff City v Mansfield Town (KO 15:00 GMT)
Referee: Lee Probert
Assistants: Rob Merchant and Craig Taylor
Fourth official: Robert Lewis
Carlisle United v Sheffield Wednesday (KO 15:00 GMT)
Referee: David Webb
Assistants: Barry Cropp and Barry Gordon
Fourth official: David Underwood
Coventry City v Stoke City (KO 15:00 GMT)
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Assistants: Matthew Wilkes and Nick Greenhalgh
Fourth official: Paul Tierney
Doncaster Rovers v Rochdale (KO 15:00 GMT)
Referee: Andy Woolmer
Assistants: David Avent and Paul Hodskinson
Fourth official: Matthew Donohue
Exeter City v West Bromwich Albion (KO 15:00 GMT)
Referee: Lee Mason
Assistants: Derek Eaton and Mark Russell
Fourth official: Brett Huxtable
Fulham v Southampton (KO 15:00 GMT)
Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistants: Dan Robathan and Nick Hopton
Fourth official: Gavin Ward
Ipswich Town v Sheffield United (KO 15:00 GMT)
Referee: Mike Jones
Assistants: Robert Hyde and Ian Cooper
Fourth official: Graham Horwood
Manchester City v Burnley (KO 15:00 GMT)
Referee: Graham Scott
Assistants: Simon Bennett and Shaun Hudson
Fourth official: Andy Haines
Millwall v Barnsley (KO 15:00 GMT)
Referee: Darren Bond
Assistants: Mark Pottage and Anthony Da Costa
Fourth official: John Busby
Newcastle United v Luton Town (KO 15:00 GMT)
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Assistants: Andy Garratt and Billy Smallwood
Fourth official: Darren Handley
Queens Park Rangers v Milton Keynes Dons (KO 15:00 GMT)
Referee: James Linington
Assistants: Mark Dwyer and Lee Venamore
Fourth official: Nick Kinseley
Stevenage v Reading (KO 15:00 GMT)
Referee: Ben Toner
Assistants: Nigel Lugg and Mark Griffiths
Fourth official: Alan Dale
Watford v Bristol City (KO 15:00 GMT)
Referee: Craig Pawson
Assistants: Stuart Burt and James Mainwaring
Fourth official: Mark Heywood
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Swansea City (KO 15:00 GMT)
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Assistants: Ian Hussin and Geoffrey Russell
Fourth official: Graham Salisbury
Wycombe Wanderers v Preston North End (KO 15:00 GMT)
Referee: Peter Bankes
Assistants: Tim Wood and Callum Walchester
Fourth official: Chris O’Donnell
Yeovil Town v Bradford City (KO 15:00 GMT)
Referee: John Brooks
Assistants: Samuel Ogles and Matthew Lee
Fourth official: Adam Bromley
Norwich City v Chelsea (KO 17:30 GMT, live on BT Sport 2)
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Assistants: Simon Beck and Constantine Hatzidakis
Fourth official: Dean Whitestone
Sunday 7 January
Newport County v Leeds United (KO 12:00 GMT, live on BBC One Wales)
Referee: Mike Dean
Assistants: Simon Long and Dan Cook
Fourth official: Kevin Johnson
Shrewsbury Town v West Ham United (KO 14:00 GMT, live on BBC One)
Referee: Paul Tierney
Assistants: Steve Child and Mark Scholes
Fourth official: Bobby Madley
Tottenham Hotspur v AFC Wimbledon (KO 15:00 GMT)
Referee: David Coote
Assistants: Adam Nunn and Daniel Leach
Fourth official: Andre Marriner
Nottingham Forest v Arsenal (KO 16:00 GMT, live on BT Sport 2)
Referee: Jon Moss
Assistants: Sian Massey-Ellis and Eddie Smart
Fourth official: Kevin Friend
Monday 8 January
Brighton & Hove Albion v Crystal Palace (KO 19:45 GMT, live on BT Sport 2)
Referee: Andre Marriner
Assistants: Scott Ledger and Richard West
Fourth official: Graham Scott
VAR and Assistant VAR: Neil Swarbrick and Peter Kirkup