A homeless man was kicked full in the face by a young thug as he sat covered in a sleeping bag in the city centre.
The violence was captured on as dashboard camera, and has since gone viral leading to outrage and demands for the perpetrator to be caught.
The clip shows three men, one of them with his face covered, on bikes with the main aggressor standing on the pavement and remonstrating angrily with the victim.
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The yob responsible is talking to the man as he sits defenceless with his arms tucked inside the sleeping bag, at one point gesticulating angrily in his face.
The lout momentarily looks away and then turns back and delivers a vicious kick straight to the face of the homeless man.
The gang-of-three then cycle away.
A woman, with a man, witnesses the assault and covers her face with her hands in horror.
Police this afternoon said they were aware of the video and were trying to contact the victim and catch those responsible.
On social media, one person said: “Someone I know has just witnessed this absolutely VILE behaviour on a homeless man outside Tesco on Dale Street.
“He needs to be caught and handed over to the police because this is not okay!
“If anyone recognises him or has any information about him PLEASE inform the police.
“This can be done anonymously.
“He can’t get away with this!!
“The man was left with a bleeding and most probably broken nose.
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“Worst thing of all is that his hands are in his blanket so he was unable to defend himself.
“This is not the way to fight, he cannot get away with this, because if it wasn’t recorded he probably would have.
“Please share this video so this lad can be identified.”
A spokeswoman for Merseyside Police said: “We can confirm we are currently investigating a video circulating on social media which appears to show a man being assaulted outside the Tesco Express store on Dale Street in Liverpool city centre.
“Enquiries are currently ongoing to establish when the incident took place, identify the man to check he is safe and well and identify the people who are present in the video.”
Anyone with information is asked to DM @MerPolCC or @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111.