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Fans rejoice as Irishman Sean Cox returns to Anfield for first time in two years

The Meath man received the jersey from star defender Virgil Van Dijk as he posed for a photo with him and manager Jurgen Klopp

Sean is pictured with Jurgen Klopp and VIrgil Van Dijk

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

There has been an outpouring of joy for Irish superfan Sean Cox who returned to Anfield for the first time in over two years to watch his beloved Liverpool FC beat Villa Rea 2-0 in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final.

The father of three, who suffered brain injuries in an unprovoked attack before a Liverpool game in 2018, met club legends Jürgen Klopp, Kenny Dalglish and Virgil van Dijk as he was given the red carpet on his visit.

The support Sean Cox page posted: "Sean was delighted to be back at Anfield for the first time in over two years to watch his beloved Liverpool FC’s 2-0 win against Villarreal.

"The 'red' carpet was rolled out for Sean and Martina by many of his LFC heroes, with Jürgen Klopp, Kenny Dalglish and Virgil van Dijk all dropping by to welcome Sean back to his happy place."

Fans and supporters flooded the comments section with heartfelt messages of support for Sean and to express their joy at his return.

“This should never ever of happened to any supporter, God bless you Sean, please keep coming back to Anfield," one declared.

“I was born and raised there before I left to NY and you’ll never meet a better person in your life than a scouser!

Another added: "Sean Cox will forever be in the heart and minds of all the Liverpool family throughout the world!”

One other person wrote: “Fantastic to see Sean and his family back with the Liverpool family. What a great night!”

One fan said it was "Great to see the club keeping Sean in their thoughts. Delighted to see everyone smiling. Big few weeks ahead.”

The Meath man also received the jersey from star defender Virgil Van Dijk as he posed for a photo with him and manager Jurgen Klopp.

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Liverpool have shown continued support for Cox since the attack and he has been a guest at Anfield in recent years.

He was there as the Reds destroyed Manchester City 3-1 in 2019 on their way to winning a first Premier League title.

But this was his first visit to the famous stadium in two years since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sean Cox had travelled with his brother, Martin, to Merseyside for the 2018 Champions League semi-final against Roma when he was attacked by AS Roma fans.

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He has since undergone extensive rehabilitation and requires ongoing care from his wife and family in Dunboyne, Co Meath.

Three Roma fans were later jailed for the attack with Simone Mastrelli receiving three and a half years for assault, Daniele Sciusco two and a half years for violent disorder and another man three years for violent disorder.


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