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Liverpool present cheque worth €748,000 to Sean Cox Rehabilitation Trust

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Sean Cox

A fantastic figure raised for a fantastic cause

Liverpool Football Club have announced that €748,000 (£667,000) has been raised to help support the Sean Cox Rehabilitation Trust.

Life-long Reds fan Sean suffered life changing brain injuries in April of last year when he was attacked by a Roma supporter outside Anfield ahead of Jurgen Klopp's sides UEFA Champions League semi-final.

As a result, Roma fan Simone Mastrelli was jailed for three and a half years for the horrendous attack on Sean back in February. Another Roma supporter was also sentenced to three years for violent disorder.

The aftermath of this brutal attack on Sean left him in a coma for six weeks before he was taken back to his homeland of Ireland, where has been in recovery at Dublins National Rehabilitation Hospital.

Liverpool have been superb in helping Sean and his family with various gestures. Earlier this year the Reds were involved in a charity match at the Aviva Stadium which was watched by over 25000 spectators who had come out in support of Sean. Whilst in October fans showed their support for him by staging a bucket collection at Anfield ahead of their clash with Cardiff. All the funds raised were matched by the LFC Foundation which is fantastic.

Alongside that members of the Reds' Champions League winning squad have also privately donated to the Trust, with Jurgen Klopp supporting it with a tremendous £4000.

Today Sean's wife Martina made her first visit to Anfield to be presented with a cheque from the club for €748,000, which is around £667,000 for the Sean Cox Rehabilitation Trust. This was given to her and Trust chairman Stephen Felle by Reds chief executive Peter Moore, LFC Foundation director Matt Parish and Spirit of Shankly chair Joe Blott - the trio along with all of Liverpool have been tremendous in supporting Sean.

Eight months ago a GoFundMe page was launched and the response has been unbelievable, with the total now standing at €1.2m. Over 7000 people have donated to it which includes Everton full-back Seamus Coleman along with fans from football clubs all over Europe which is lovely to see.

Former Reds defender Jamie Carragher has also been tremendous in supporting him, with him raising £11,000 at a fundraising night back in February, another magnificent figure.

The amount of money raised is absolutely staggering and it goes to show just how widespread the LFC and football family is. Fans, players, directors, everyone have come to together to support Sean and his family in the face of this devastating event and the money will go on to make so much difference.

Sean, you'll never walk alone.