Liverpool players honour stricken fan Sean Cox with banner after Roma win

Giuseppe Bellini
Manager Jurgen Klopp proclaimed the Red's Champions League date with Real Madrid "100 per cent a final for Sean Cox" as his players paid tribute

Liverpool's player paid an on-field tribute to Sean Cox after they prevailed in their Champions League semi-final meeting with Roma.

Cox, a 53-year-old Liverpool supporter, was left in a critical condition following an incident ahead of last week's first leg at Anfield that saw two Italian men charged and remanded in custody by Merseyside Police .

Both clubs came out strongly to condemn the actions,  Roma president James Pallotta with arguably the strongest words on the matter .

A Mohamed Salah-inspired 5-2 victory in the home game meant Roma's rally to a 4-2 win on home soil was not enough to deny Jurgen Klopp's side a showpiece date with holders Real Madrid in Kiev.

At full-time, Liverpool's players gathered in front of the travelling fans and, as part of their celebrations, borrowed a banner bearing Cox's name and the club slogan of "You'll Never Walk Alone".

"It’s 100 per cent a final for Sean Cox," manager Jurgen Klopp told Italian broadcaster Mediaset .

"We said before the game we thought about it, now we’re here, all our prayers and wishes are with him."

Roma had also paid tribute to injured Cox ahead of their Champions League semi-final second leg , as all the squad members wore jerseys emblazoned with "Forza Sean" in during their training session on Tuesday.

"Great, great, great, great gesture," Klopp told reporters ahead of the match. "I thought they showed a fantastic gesture before at our [Hillsborough] memorial at Anfield for the 96 [people who died] and it's great. It shows something."

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