Roma vs Liverpool: Deployment of 2,000 police officers and total alcohol ban among strict measures in place ahead of Champions League clash

Reds supporter Sean Cox, 53, remains in critical condition after being attacked outside a pub by visiting supporters before their Champions League semi-final first leg at Anfield.

And, with the two sides due to meet for the return on Wednesday, Rome has beefed up security to ensure they have a better chance to stamp any issues out.

Corriere dello Sport report 2,000 police officials will be deployed around the city on the day of the game.

Furthermore, there will be a complete alcohol ban, as well as a huge crackdown on fake tickets.

Liverpool fans have been told to meet at Piazza delle Canestre, which is around four miles away from the stadium.

Roma sporting director Monchi pleaded for a peaceful night.

He said: “There’s a lot of talk about violence, so let’s show everyone that Roma fans are not violent.

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“It is the time to be united. Beating Liverpool will be harder than beating Barcelona.”

Referring to the injured Kop fan, Monchi added: “I am very Catholic and pray for him and his family.”

English fans have been targeted in in the Italian capital before before — Middlesbrough (2006, three  stabbed), Manchester United (2007, five stabbed), Arsenal (2009, one stabbed) and Spurs (2013, nine injured). Chelsea fans were  attacked this season.

Roma have confirmed they have been working with local and British police as well as Uefa officials in an attempt to minimalise any problems.

However, there are a few issues to contend with as there are other major events taking place in the city between May 1 and 2.

On Tuesday, there is the annual Primo Maggio music festival, which takes place at the other end of the city in San Giovanni Square on May 1.

Meanwhile, the pope is making a visit to the Sanctuary of Our Lady Divine Love in the Italian capital.

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