Keith Hackett has praised Stuart Attwell’s “superb” performance as Liverpool hammered Bournemouth 9-0 at Anfield on Saturday (27 August).
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee insisted Attwell‘s job was not easy despite Liverpool’s dominance.
Goals from Luis Diaz, Harvey Elliott, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Roberto Firmino, Virgil van Dijk, Fabio Carvalho and a Chris Mepham own goal saw the Reds equal the record for the biggest-ever victory in the Premier League.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 27, 2022
The game passed without controversy and Attwell was not forced into any big decisions.
“I thought Stuart Attwell judged his involvement really well,” Hackett said after analysing the game with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“His fitness is superb. Let’s make no mistake that this kid can move around the field with consummate ease, he’s up with play. I think that helps his decision-making progress in terms of accuracy.
“When you’ve got a game like this you can easily lose focus and concentration and he didn’t. He refereed the football match for the full duration of the match. It doesn’t matter about the number of goals, he had a job to do.
“For me, I thought this was a really good performance from him.
“You’ve got to maintain concentration and accuracy. If he makes an error that benefits Liverpool the whole blame of the scoreline goes back on the referee. I think he had an excellent game.
“People will say ‘Come on Keith, it was 9-0 and he had nothing to do’ but that’s when you hold your concentration and keep saying to yourself ‘Come on, come on’.
“He kept it flowing and I thought he had a terrific match.”