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Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp wears Irish tricolour Liverbird in support of injured fan Sean Cox

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp wore an Irish tricolour Liverbird in support of Irishman Sean Cox who was assaulted outside Anfield before Liverpool's game against Roma on Tuesday.

Mr Cox is in a critical condition in hospital following ugly scenes in the hour before kick-off, with Klopp offering an emotional tribute to the stricken fan as he wished him a speedy recovery, while also wearing a Liverpool badge in the Irish colours in a show of support.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of his team's Premier League match against Stoke on Saturday, Klopp said Mr Cox was in the thoughts of everyone at Liverpool.

"I think the game on Tuesday night showed the beauty of the game during it," he said.

"It also showed ugly parts before it. The first time I heard about it, I cannot describe my emotions. That should never happen, before or in the future. We all have to do everything to ensure that doesn’t happen again.

"Nobody has a solution but it is unbelievable that something like this can happen.

"All our prayers are with Sean and his family."

Klopp also offered advice to Liverpool fans travelling to Rome for the second leg of the Champions League semi-final next Wednesday, as he admitted he was concerned for travelling supporters.

"It is a really difficult situation. I have never been in a situation like that," he stated.

"The only thing, and it is always how I see it, it is all about football. It is only football. Nothing more and nothing less. I never understood people who don’t accept that.

"I am pretty sure everybody who is involved in keeping people safe will do their best and everything they can. I am not too concerned about that. I ask for responsibility of everybody.

"If Rome go through, they deserve it. If we go through, we deserve it. Around the stadium, nobody should think about anything else but the game."

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