Sean Cox suffered life-changing injuries when he was the victim of an unprovoked attack outside Anfield ahead of the Reds’ Champions League semi-final against AS Roma last April.

He is currently rehabilitating at the National Rehabilitation Centre in Dun Laoghaire but remains unable to speak or walk.

Yesterday, Simone Mastrelli from Rome pleaded guilty to unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm on the Meath native.

A charity match was announced earlier this year and will take place in the Aviva Stadium on Friday, April 12 with players such as Ian Rush, Robbie Fowler and Ronnie Whelan set to take part.

Earlier this season, during the Reds’ Premier League fixture against Cardiff City, the club and fans staged a bucket collection at Anfield which was match-funded by LFC Foundation, the club’s official charity, taking the overall total to £59k.

Four players will represent both teams on the night, having done so during their playing days, including, Phil Babb, Jason McAteer, Robbie Keane and John Aldridge.

Kick-off on April 12 is 7.45pm

Liverpool Legends: Sander Westerveld, Jerzy Dudek, Glen Johnson, Patrik Berger, Steve McManaman, Vladimir Smicer, Salif Diao, Robbie Fowler, Ian Rush, Djibril Cisse, Neil Mellor.

Republic of Ireland Legends: Wayne Henderson, Stephen Kelly, Kevin Foley, Sean St Ledger, Kenny Cunningham, Ian Harte, Kevin Kilbane, Steven Reid, Ronnie Whelan, Colin Healy, Lee Carsley, Graham Kavanagh, Keith Fahey, Stephen McPhail, Liam Lawrence, Stephen Hunt, Damien Duff, Stephen Elliott, Kevin Doyle, Robbie Keane, Keith Andrews, Andy Reid.