Liverpool to meet with Roma, police to ensure fan safety for second leg

Following violent incidents prior to Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg at Anfield, Liverpool released a statement Thursday announcing the club will take extra measures to ensure the safety of fans travelling to Rome for the second leg.

A 53-year-old Liverpool supporter was rushed to hospital in critical condition after an attack outside Anfield, and two men from Rome were subsequently arrested and charged with attempted murder. That incident has prompted the club to announce plans for a meeting in the Italian capital on April 27.

“At the behest of Liverpool, club officials will join AS Roma, UEFA, and the relevant Italian police and security services to discuss specific ongoing concerns,” the club statement reads.

“Liverpool have sought clarity on a number of issues surrounding the matchday operation since the draw was made and is hoping this extraordinary meeting will provide the necessary reassurances and essential information.”

Roma released a statement Wednesday condemning the actions of a “small minority” who “brought shame on the club.”

According to Merseyside Police, supporters of both clubs were arrested for various offences, including attempted murder, possession of a controlled drug, affray, assault, possession of offensive weapons, criminal damage, and being drunk and disorderly

The Reds travel to Rome for next Wednesday’s second leg with a three-goal advantage after braces from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino bookended a Sadio Mane finish for a 5-2 victory.