LIVERPOOL goalkeeper Shamal George was taken to hospital with facial injuries in an alleged racist attack outside a city centre bar.
The 21-year-old was hit outside Red Door, on Berry Street, in the early hours of Saturday.
It is believed that his brother, 28, was also assaulted inside the bar.
Both men had cuts to their faces and needed hospital treatment.
The player has thanked the public for their messages since the assault.
He tweeted: “Your support means everything. Thank you.”
Police are studying CCTV footage of the attack and Liverpool FC have appealed for witnesses to come forward.
A club spokesman said: “Liverpool Football Club is shocked and appalled that Shamal and a family member have been subjected to such a terrible ordeal.
“As a club we will offer Shamal and his family any support that they require.
“This matter is now in the hands of Merseyside Police and we will defer all enquiries to them.
“We would also urge anyone with information about the incident to come forward.
“Liverpool Football Club will make no further comment until it is appropriate to do so and in the meantime we would ask that Shamal and his family have their privacy respected.”
George, locally born, has been a Liverpool fan since a child and he now plays for their Under-23 side.
He has had previous loan spells at Carlisle and Tranmere Rovers.
A Merseyside Police statement read: “A report was received just after 2.05am that a 28-year-old man had been assaulted inside the Red Door bar on Berry Street and that a short time later the 21-year-old man he was with was assaulted outside the premises.
“Both men sustained cuts to the face and attended hospital for assessment.
“The offender is described as a white man, of stocky build wearing a white T-shirt. A second offender was described as being a man wearing a black jacket.”