- Liverpool and Roma clashed in the Champions League semi-final first leg
- Before the Anfield clash on Tuesday, a Liverpool fan was injured following attack
- A group of Roma supporters attacked the home fan outside the Albert Pub
- The injured man had to be taken away in an ambulance on Tuesday night
- Merseyside Police later confirmed they were ‘investigating a serious assault’
A man has been arrested after a Liverpool supporter required lengthy medical treatment when a gang of Roma supporters launched an unprovoked attack ahead of the two sides’ Champions League meeting at Anfield on Tuesday night.
A group of around 35 to 40 supporters of the Italian side, many brandishing belts and at least one holding a hammer, knocked a 53-year-old Liverpool fan to the floor and left him needing an ambulance.
The trouble started, as reported by the BBC, when the gang arrived at Anfield via the nearby Venmore Street. They then ambushed their English counterparts just outside the Kop before kick-off.
Roma supporters attacked a Liverpool fan outside Anfield ahead of their clash on Tuesday
The away fans brandished belts during the unprovoked attack before Champions League tie
One Roma supporter was pictured carrying a hammer on his way to the attack at Anfield
Liverpool have confirmed, despite reports to the contrary, that no stabbing took place when the visiting fans launched the unprovoked attack near the famous Albert pub.
Police eventually arrived on the scene, but not before the group of Roma supporters were chased down the street.
Merseyside Police released a statement on Twitter, and said: ‘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.’
The attack occurred at 7.05pm, and witnesses are being urged to contact Merseyside Police via Facebook or Twitter with details.
It happened before the Champions League semi-final first leg at Anfield, which Liverpool went on to win 5-2.
A gang of around 35-40 Roma fans made their way to the ground via Venmore Street
Roma supporters in the away end of Anfield ahead of the Champions League semi-final