A LIVERPOOL fan has reportedly been stabbed amid clashes between home and away fans as the Reds hosted the first leg of the Champions League semi-final against Roma.
Jurgen Klopp’s side ran out 5-2 winners on the park, but distressing scenes before kick off have engulfed social media and somewhat overshadowed the result.
Merseyside police have confirmed that two men aged 25 and 26 from Rome, have been arrested on susipicion of attempted murder.
The 53-year-old supporter was allegedly attacked near the Albert Pub prior to the match.
Merseyside Police confirmed earlier : “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”
They added: “We can confirm a man has been arrested following an assault near to the Albert public house earlier this evening.
“He has been taken to a police station where he will be interviewed by detectives. The 53-year-old victim is currently being treated for his injuries.”
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.”
Romas ultras reportedly wielded hammers, batons and belts as they attacked home fans.
The Mirror suggests that Police had denied receiving reports of a stabbing, and added that a Liverpool fan had posted a video online to indicate that he had “tried to meet my mate here [Anfield] and then all the Roma fans with their belts, they tried to hit the Liverpool fans. They were aggressive and offensive.”
Thousands of fans had gathered in the area before kick-off with multiple flares let off to welcome the home side’s bus to the ground despite Klopp’s message against them.
“This is an outstanding club known for its fantastic atmosphere,” Klopp said.
“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.”