Former Carlisle United goalkeeper Shamal George has thanked fans for their support after suffering an alleged racially motivated attack.

Liverpool player George had to be treated in hospital after suffering facial injuries in the attack outside a Merseyside nightclub.

Police are investigating the incident, which happened at about 1am on Saturday.

The 21-year-old George, who spent last season on loan with the Blues, has thanked fans for the message of support since news of the attack broke.

"Your support means everything. Thank-you," he wrote on Twitter.

The attack allegedly happened outside Red Door on Berry Street in Liverpool.

A 28-year-old man - understood to be George's brother - was also injured.

Police are studying CCTV footage of the attack, while Liverpool FC have said they are "shocked and appalled" their player had been "subjected to such a terrible ordeal."

The club pledged to offer their full support to George and his family.

Merseyside Police added: "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."

George, who made seven appearances for Carlisle last season, spent the first half of this season on loan with Tranmere.