Two arrested for attempted murder after Anfield attack

Champions League By: Ambrose Udeme | 25/04/2018

Merseyside Police have reportedly arrested two men on suspicion of attempted murder following Tuesday's incident before Liverpool versus Roma UEFA Champions League match.

According to Sky Sports, a 53-year-old man was injured in the incident, which occurred outside the Albert Pub - close to Anfield's famous Kop Stand - where fans were gathering before kick-off of the semi-final first-leg match.

Detective Inspector Paul Speight said: "We believe the victim was in Liverpool with his brother for the Liverpool v Roma semi-final and was assaulted during an altercation between Roma and Liverpool fans near to the Albert pub at about 7.35pm.

"Witnesses report that the victim was hit with a belt and then fell to the ground. Paramedics treated him at the scene and he was taken by ambulance to Walton Neurological Centre, where he is being treated for a head injury. His condition is currently described as critical and his next of kin have been informed.

"The place where this incident occurred is right by the ground and was heaving with fans making their way to the game. I would appeal to anyone who has any information, or mobile phone footage of the incident, to contact us urgently, as information they have could be vital to our investigation." said Speight as quoted by Sky Sports

The two men arrested, aged 25 and 26 from Rome, have been taken to a police station where they will be questioned by detectives.