Liverpool supervisor Jürgen Klopp says the assault that resulted in critical mind accidents to Reds fan Sean Cox is “the bottom level” of his time on the membership.
Cox, 54, was attacked by Roma followers earlier than a Champions League sport at Anfield in April 2018.
He will return to the ground for the primary time because the incident for Sunday’s sport towards Manchester Metropolis.
“I hope we are able to organise that I can see him for a few minutes earlier than the sport. I actually wish to,” mentioned Klopp.
After virtually 18 months of remedy within the Republic of Eire, Cox moved to a specialist neurological facility within the north of England for a 12-week rehabilitation programme, specializing in creating his speech and motion.
His spouse Martina mentioned he had made progress since the attack, nevertheless it has been gradual and “his speech stays very challenged”.
A legends charity match staged on the Aviva Stadium in April this yr raised 748,000 euros for the Sean Cox Rehabilitation Belief.
Cox and his household shall be friends of Premier League leaders Liverpool for the sport towards Metropolis.
“When it occurred to Sean, it was the bottom level of my time at Liverpool,” mentioned Klopp.
“One thing like this could not occur typically in life and it mustn’t occur round a soccer sport as effectively.
“Everyone knows it isn’t completed but and there’s a lengthy option to go.
“If we can provide him the chance to come back again to observe a extremely massive sport – and that he desires to try this – that for me, coming from a extremely low level, is considered one of my highlights since I’ve been right here.”
Italian fan Simone Mastrelli was sentenced to three and a half years in prison after pleading responsible to assaulting Cox.
The rising Liverpool and Man Metropolis rivalry
Premier League champions Metropolis are six factors behind Champions League holders Liverpool going into the sport.
“From a sport’s viewpoint this rivalry is getting greater and larger,” mentioned Klopp.
“Clearly Manchester Ciy are a fairly good soccer crew and thank God there’s a rivalry as a result of it means we’re a fairly good crew as effectively.”
In the meantime, Klopp reassured Metropolis they need to don’t have any considerations about their arrival at Anfield.
The Etihad facet’s bus was attacked because it made its option to the stadium earlier than a Champions League quarter-final in April 2018 and Metropolis have sought assurances that there will be no repeat.
“If somebody from Metropolis is worried nonetheless, it is our fault,” mentioned Klopp.
“All of us did not throw a bottle, nevertheless it was considered one of us. All of us should be sure that one thing like that by no means occurs once more.
“We are going to do every thing to ensure it does not occur once more.”