LIVERPOOL players and staff have paid tribute to Irish fan Sean Cox following their 7-6 aggregate Champions League semi-final victory over Roma.
Mr Cox, 53, from Co. Meath remains critically ill after sustaining head injuries in an unprovoked attack ahead of the first leg on Merseyside last week.
Despite losing 4-2 on the night, Liverpool’s 5-2 first-leg victory was enough to seal their place against Real Madrid in the Champions League final.
And at the full-time whistle in Rome, they paid tribute to Mr Cox, who remains in an induced coma with his wife Martina by his bedside.
In front of the travelling fans, they celebrated with a banner reading: “Sean Cox: You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
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The banner had been on display in the away end during the game before the players posed with it following their aggregate victory.
Manager Jurgen Klopp also paid tribute to Mr Cox in a post-match interview.
Asked by Italian broadcaster Mediaset Premium if making the final was also for Mr Cox, he replied: "100 per cent.”
He added: “We said before the game we thought about it, and now being here, all our prayers, all our wishes are with him.”
The club has regularly offered its support to Mr Cox and his family since the attack, including a letter from club captain Jordan Henderson to the Irishman’s local GAA club.