Liverpool fan injured in 'serious assault' after Roma thugs attack supporters outside Anfield

The supporter was attacked near the Albert pub just before kick-off.

Merseyside Police confirmed: "We are investigating a serious assault of a man outside the Albert pub on Walton Breck Rd at about 7.35pm.

"Officers are appealing to anyone with information, or mobile phone footage to contact our social media desk via twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police CC"

Daily Star reporter Jeremy Cross tweeted: "Hearing reports of a serious incident behind the Kop end following clashes between rival fans.

"Paramedics treating the stabbing victim.

"Incident occurred close to the Albert. Believed to be a Liverpool fan."

Roma thugs reportedly wielding hammers, batons and belts attacked the home crowd before tonight's Champions League showdown.

A group of about 20 Italian supporters targeted Reds fans outside of Anfield.

Sunday Times football correspondent Jonathan Northcroft claims one elderly Liverpool supporter was set upon and left needing treatment on the floor.

Police cordoned off the street outside the Albert Pub as paramedics arrived in an ambulance.

But cops were criticised for being "too slow".

Northcroft tweeted: "The Roma group came out of Venmore St, and attack was sudden.

"Picked an older Liverpool fan and attacked him.

"A lot of police around but they were slow on the scene. Poor guy is still down. Horrible stuff."

Footage emerged online showing home fans chasing a bunch of hooded Roma supporters down the street after the attack.

The attack comes after Liverpool fans climbed on top of police vans and lit flares ahead of tonight's European semi-final first leg.

Streets outside of Anfield were swarming with excited people.

Liverpool had issued a statement warning fans against using pyrotechnics, but it appears to have fallen on deaf ears.

Tonight's match saw a heavy security presence on Merseyside in reaction to the shocking scenes that preceded the Reds' quarter-final clash against Manchester City.

Liverpool fans threw bottles and other objects including flares at City's team bus, smashing the front window.

Anfield boss Jurgen Klopp urged fans before kick off: "This is an outstanding club known for its fantastic atmosphere.

"We don't need to throw things."

The German added: "In the stadium do it again and better.

"Outside the stadium, please show the respect we have to show.

"We can show how wonderful Liverpool people are and we can show it in 20 minutes before the game and then the whole world knows it."

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