Liverpool fans mount police vans ahead of Roma game

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Liverpool fans got on top of police fans before the Champions League game vs. Roma.

Liverpool fans again gave their team a rowdy welcome to Anfield on Tuesday, though without much of the violence toward the opposition’s bus that marked their last Champions League home game.

After throwing objects to damage the Manchester City bus ahead of the quarterfinals, Liverpool fans again took to the streets ahead of the first leg of the semifinals against Roma.

The Italian side’s bus was diverted away from where fans gathered on Anfield Road, but fans still gathered atop police vans and let off flares for their own team.

Police were on alert around the stadium, filming the scenes to catch any revellers that crossed a line.

However, reports began to emerge ahead of kickoff of some violence between fan groups across the city. One video showed police chasing off a group as a minor scuffle emerged in the city centre.

A group of about 20 people — also alleged to be Roma supporters by multiple reports — attacked Liverpool fans with belts behind Anfield, with police treating one man for injuries.

After the incident against Manchester City, UEFA charged Liverpool with acts of damage and crowd disturbances after cans and bottles were thrown at the bus as it drove along Anfield Road. The case will be heard after the season.

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