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Jürgen Klopp pens foreword for book by wife of Liverpool fan Sean Cox who survived brutal attack

Liverpool fan Sean Cox returned home to his family in Co Meath for the first time in March
Marie Louise McConville

LIVERPOOL manager Jürgen Klopp has written the foreword for a new book about Irish fan Sean Cox whose life changed forever when he was attacked two years ago.

The father-of-three, from Dunboyne in Co Meath, was left in a coma after being brutally beaten in an unprovoked attack before a Champions League match at Anfield in April 2018.

Left with a serious brain injury, he only returned home to his family for the first time in March this year.

Mr Cox requires full time medical care, is not likely to walk again and finds speech and many other daily tasks very challenging.

His wife Martina has now written a new book, along with journalist Susan Keogh.

With Hope in Your Heart: The Sean Cox Story tells how life for the family has changed irrevocably.

"The last two years have been unimaginably difficult but our love for Seán and determination that he gets the best care possible has kept us going," Martina said.

"It has been an uphill battle but he is making progress every day.

"The book emphasises how, with the help of family, community, Liverpool and tens of thousands of people across the world who were touched by Seán's story, we have achieved what was thought to be impossible and we are so grateful for that."

In the foreword, Jürgen Klopp writes: "I often get asked about leadership in football but in `real life' I can think of no greater example of what a leader is than Seán's wife, Martina. I have followed what she has done for her husband and her family and it has humbled me."

The book is due to be published on October 23.

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