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New Balance not giving up on Liverpool deal

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Liverpool’s battle with its official kit supplier, New Balance, may not be over after the sportswear brand made a final attempt to block Liverpool from signing rival Nike as its replacement.

The Boston-based company has filed the necessary paperwork to the Court of Appeal, contesting the High Court decision which ruled in favour of Liverpool in its lawsuit against the Premier League club.

The brand had claimed that a renewal clause in the kit supplier contract should see the deal extended beyond its current expiry date of 2020.

Following the decision, New Balance’s initial appeal request was rejected by the High Court’s Judge Teare, who ruled in favour of Liverpool because the kitmaker couldn’t match Nike’s offer of using ”global superstar athletes of the calibre of LeBron James, Serena Williams and Drake.”

The decision as to whether an appeal will be granted now rests with the Court of Appeal judge.

If it is rejected, Liverpool are expected to press ahead with a five-year agreement with Nike, which reports suggest will be worth £30m per year.