Liverpool have said they are "shocked and appalled" after youth goalkeeper Shamal George was the victim of an alleged racially motivated attack in the city centre.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which happened at 1 a.m. on Saturday.
George, a 21-year-old who came through the club's academy, suffered facial injuries. His brother was also hurt.
"Liverpool Football Club is shocked and appalled that Shamal and a family member have been subjected to such a terrible ordeal," a club spokesman said.
"As a club, we will offer Shamal and his family any support that they require.
"The matter is now in the hands of Merseyside Police and we will defer all inquiries to them. We would urge anyone with information about the incident to come forward."