Alexander-Arnold to wear 'Black Lives Matter' boots in Merseyside derby


Trent Alexander-Arnold will wear one-off 'Black Lives Matter' boots during Sunday's Merseyside derby against Everton, with the Liverpool star hoping society can begin to fix itself in the face of discrimination.

Following the death of African American man George Floyd in police custody last month, anti-racism protests have swept the globe and the Premier League gave its backing ahead of this week's restart.

For this round of fixtures, players' shirts have donned 'Black Lives Matter' (BLM) above their numbers instead of names, while players have taken a knee for the first nine seconds of some matches.

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Similarly, Manchester City have confirmed a BLM sleeve patch will remain on their jerseys for the rest of the season.

Liverpool resume their campaign at Everton on Sunday and Alexander-Arnold has planned a special gesture, as he will wear one-off BLM boots and then auction them off, raising money for the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

"'Do your talking on the pitch'. I've always loved that sentiment - but now we need to speak up in other ways as well," the 21-year-old wrote on his social media channels. "Tonight [Sunday] my boots will carry the message Black Lives Matter.

"It can no longer just be our feet where we express ourselves. We have to use our profile, the platforms we have and the spotlight that shines on us to say, it's time for meaningful change.

"The system is broken, it's stacked against sections of our society and we all have a responsibility to fix it.

"Black people are viewed differently. We face discrimination in actions but also in thought. It's more than just violence and abuse. Opportunity in life is restricted if you look a certain way. How can that be in 2020?

"Sadly so many in the black community have to face this each and every day - but I also have hope. Hope that the world is awake in this moment. Finally willing to learn.

"So while we have this opportunity, where people are listening, let's speak, let's educate, let's campaign and let's promote the message that better education brings change.

"This is the moment of change. This is the moment to say enough is enough. This is the moment to make sure it stops now. Racism is a fire that is now burnt out."

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