German official Felix Brych has been appointed referee for what should be an exciting Champions League quarter-final first leg between Liverpool and Manchester City on Wednesday at Anfield.
Brych has overseen three previous City games in the Champions League, the first two in 2015 over two separate editions of Europe’s most prestigious competition. The first was a 2-1 defeat to Barcelona at the Etihad, in which Brych sent over Gael Clichy for a second bookable offence after he fouled Dani Alves.
In the following season’s campaign, he oversaw City’s 1-0 defeat to Juventus in Turin, handing out three yellow cards – all of them to City.
City overturned their poor form under Brych this season when he was in charge as they scored a memorable 4-2 win over Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo, a day when Sergio Aguero become the club’s all-time record goalscorer.
Liverpool have a 1-1-1 record under Brych, their most recent game with him being a 3-3 draw against Sevilla in this year’s group stage. You have to go all the way back to 2009 for his previous Liverpool appointment before that, a 2-0 defeat to Fiorentina in the Champions League group stage. And the year before, in 2008, he oversaw a routine 3-0 win for Liverpool over PSV Eindhoven at Anfield in the Champions League.
Full list of appointments for Liverpool vs. Manchester City (Champions League):
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Marco Fritz (GER)
Fourth Official: Markus Häcker (GER)
UEFA Referee observer: Jørn West Larsen (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Tormod Larsen (NOR)
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