Sean Cox will return to Anfield this weekend for the first time since suffering a devastating and unprovoked attack at the stadium in April, 2018.

The 54-year-old Liverpool fan was attacked by Roma supporters ahead of the clubs' Champions League semi-final first-leg meeting, suffering severe brain injuries.

Italian man Simone Mastrelli, 30, was jailed for three and a half years for the assault, while another Roma fan, Filippo Lombardi, 21, was cleared of inflicting grievous bodily harm on Cox, though he was jailed for three years for violent disorder.

In September Cox was transferred to a specialist neurological facility in the north of England, after nearly 18 months of treatment in Ireland, to begin the next stage of his rehabilitation.

Several fundraising initiatives have been held to help his recovery, including a charity game between Meath and Dublin and an Ireland-Liverpool legends match at the Aviva Stadium.

This Sunday the Reds face Manchester City in a huge Premier League showdown and, the family confirmed on Wednesday, Cox will be there. 

"We're delighted to welcome Sean and his family back to Anfield," CEO of Liverpool Football Club Peter Moore said.

"I am sure it will be an emotional return for the family; however, the club has worked closely with the Cox family to ensure that their visit is made as easy as possible, and that they are given all the space and comfort that they need.

"The way that our fans have supported Sean and the Cox family is a testament to their commitment to the LFC family, and we know this will be the case again on Sunday."