Liverpool fans try to stay positive despite losing record against referee for Roma tie

The optimism of Liverpool fans has been heavily tested following a disappointing news day.

Firstly, the Daily Record reported that Zeljko Buvac has left his role as Jurgen Klopp’s number two following a bust-up between the pair.

The German manager has had Buvac by his side ever since the duo met at Mainz in their playing days.

On top of that news, Gazzetta dello Sport has claimed that midfielder Emre Can has agreed a five-year deal with Juventus ahead of a free transfer this summer.

Now, it has been confirmed that Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final second leg will be officiated by a referee that the Reds have never won a game under.

Damir Skomina of Slovenia has been appointed by UEFA as the man in the middle.

The Liverpool Echo states that the Merseyside outfit have not won any of the three games that Skomina has overseen.

The first came in 2009 when they recorded a 2-1 defeat to Fiorentina in a Champions League group match that had no impact on the outcome of Liverpool’s campaign.

Six years later, Skomina took charge of a Europa League tie between Liverpool and Besiktas, with the former losing 1-0 on the night and then in a subsequent penalty shootout.

The last time that the Slovenien referee officiated a Reds match was in the first leg of a Europa League semi-final against Villarreal in 2016, which ended in a 1-0 loss.

Despite the poor record, it seems that most Liverpool fans are trying to hold on to their optimism, particularly as they have a 5-2 lead from the first leg at Anfield.