Sunday’s crunch tie between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford will see a new technology in sport television broadcasting make its debut.
Having being tested in the World Cup and the Champions League, Sky Sports has vowed to bring the game closer to the viewers and has confirmed Spidercam will be used for the English Premier League tie.
It’s the first time Spidercam will be used in England top flight.
Spidercam works with a camera suspended above the pitch via four wires attached to each corner of the ground and manoeuvred by an operator to follow the action, fluctuating between 10 and 40 metres above the ground.
“A game as big as Manchester United against Liverpool feels like the right time to use it for the first time in a Premier League fixture,” Sky Sports head of football Gary Hughes told Daily Mail.
“It is one of the biggest games in world football and the intention is to get the viewer closer to the game, which is what this technology enables.
“It will mostly come into its own at set-pieces, like free-kicks, corners or penalties, when it can go directly above the action and give you the fullest view looking down directly on what is happening.
“I think it will become a big tool in analysis — Jamie Redknapp and Thierry Henry will be using it on Monday Night Football.”
Liverpool were beaten 1-0 by Southampton in the EFL Cup semi-final on Wednesday night going into the weekend Premier League round of fixtures while Sunday’s hosts United have won nine matches back to back all competitions.
Jose Mourinho’s side comfortably dispatched Hull City 2-0 in the EFL semis on Tuesday night courtesy of goals from Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini.