Liverpool boss and Irish stars donate to Sean Cox appeal as wife gives moving interview

Liverpool boss and Irish stars donate to Sean Cox appeal as wife gives moving interview

LIVERPOOL manager Jurgen Klopp has donated €5,000 to a fund set up to help pay for the care of Irish fan Sean Cox.

Ireland players David Meyler and Seamus Coleman – who plays for Liverpool’s city rivals Everton – have also donated the same amount to the fundraiser.

Meanwhile former club managing director Christian Purslow, now chief executive of Aston Villa, donated £5,600 to the GoFundMe account.

'Small steps'

The donations come as Mr Cox’s wife, Martina, revealed she is trying to remain positive despite the ‘horrendous’ situation.

Mr Cox, 53, suffered serious life-changing injuries after being attacked close to Anfield Stadium ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League first leg tie against Roma on April 24.

“It’s pretty horrendous really still,” she told Late late Show host Ryan Tubridy, “but he is making progress and it’s small steps.

“And we take every step as a positive, that’s what you do when you’re in this situation.

“We communicate with him, he can say ‘yes’ and ‘no’ and do the thumbs up, he smiles and we talk to hm.

“We know he recognises us.”

Donations matched

Mr Cox, form Dunboyne, Co. Meath is being treated at the National Rehabilitation Centre in Dun Laoghaire.

Friends set up the fundraising account to pay for the father-of-three’s long-term care, and hope to raise €2million.

It has already raised almost €150,000 with donations coming from around the world.

Ireland player David Meyler has also donated to the appeal (Image: Getty)

A collection took place at Liverpool’s home game with Cardiff on Saturday, with the club’s official charity, the LFC Foundation, pledging to match donations.

The game was dedicated to raising awareness of the appeal’s fundraising page.

Anyone wishing to make a contribution can do so at