Card-happy referee Anthony Taylor will be in charge of Watford’s trip to Anfield to take on Liverpool on Saturday.

The Hornets make the journey to Merseyside looking to bounce back from the 3-0 loss suffered at the hands of Arsenal last time out.

They will do so under the watchful eye of an official who has shown close to four yellow cards on average per game this season.

Taylor has booked players 113 times in his 30 games across all competitions this season and has shown a further three red cards, including two in one game between Wolves and Swansea in the FA Cup.

His most recent dismissal came in Manchester City’s shock 1-0 FA Cup loss to Wigan Athletic when he showed Fabian Delph a straight red for a reckless lunge.

It was a decision which split opinion among pundits and drew an angry reaction from City boss Pep Guardiola, who was seen engaged in heated words with Taylor and Wigan boss Paul Cook during half-time of the clash.

It is not the first time this season Taylor has overseen a clash between Watford and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and he was the referee for the Hornets’ season opener.

That game proved to be an entraining affair as Miguel Britos scored a last-gasp leveller to secure a 3-3 draw – a result Watford would happily take a repeat of on Saturday.

Taylor returned to Vicarage Road the following month as Watford went down to their biggest defeat of the season and Manchester City cruised to a 6-0 win.

Then Watford boss Marco Silva was left frustrated by the standard of the officiating during City’s visit to WD18, believing two of their goals were offside and Watford should have been awarded a penalty kick.

His most recent game refereeing Watford ended in far more enjoyable circumstances for the Hornets with Javi Gracia’s men securing a vital 1-0 win over Everton.

With only four Premier League games taking place this weekend due to the FA Cup quarter-finals, Watford have the chance to put further distance between themselves as the drop zone on Saturday.