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.
Should not be a bad news. Ref is just a ref. Can't hold us back to perform well. And can't help Roma getting 3-0 if they don't play well either. Believe, support, and hope that Reds can show the best performance and another win would be possible.
— Putra Septiadi (@putraseptiadii) April 30, 2018
Refs can't decide for us we goo all out YNWA
— Darling Boy (@francis2047) April 30, 2018
Who cares? a ref is a ref. all that matters is for the Reds to finish the job and reach the final.
— johnny1248 (@JediFlippyDoer) April 30, 2018
Let's just focus on the game only.
— Paramveer (@Paramzhea) April 30, 2018
Don't care we will still win in Rome 💪
— Dominique (@Domapfl) April 30, 2018
So much negativity around Liverpool this morning,with our number 2 maybe leaving,injuries,Can leaving and now this ref for the Roma game.Just let Klopp pick his team and these lads get on with it.They know what's at stake,go out and win the game itself as we're a far better team.
— KP (@appydaze70) April 30, 2018
People forget that Roma need to score 3 without reply 💁♂️ why have people got no confidence 🤦♂️ we will get to that final
— Dean Astill (@Astill7) April 30, 2018
— Pepsi (@pepsisolazzi) April 30, 2018
As long as hes not biased
— Andrew Hutton (@liverpoolLfc07) April 30, 2018