Liverpool fans flock to Anfield to celebrate Premier League title

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Image caption “Remember this moment son” – two Liverpool fans celebrate with a replica Premier League trophy

Thousands of Liverpool fans have gathered at Anfield to celebrate the club’s first Premier League title.

Supporters set off flares and fireworks after Chelsea’s 2-1 win against Manchester City gave the Reds their first league title in 30 years.

Within half an hour of the result, about 2,000 fans had gathered outside the stadium with some celebrating above the players’ entrance.

No attempts were made to disperse the crowd by police officers at the ground.

Merseyside Police advised motorists to avoid the area around Anfield and said road closures were being put in place at 23:00 BST.

The force said it was “monitoring the situation”.

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Image caption Liverpool fans are celebrating into the night
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Image caption Within half an hour of the Manchester City result, about 2,000 fans had gathered at Anfield

It is Liverpool’s 19th top-flight title and their first since 1989-90, when Sir Kenny Dalglish led them to victory.

Jurgen Klopp’s side needed one victory to seal the league but City’s failure to win means they cannot be caught.

A number of Reds players, including goalkeeper Alisson, defender Virgil van Dijk and midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, celebrated together after watching the Chelsea-City game.

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Image caption Fans gathered outside the club’s famous Kop stand
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Image caption Chelsea’s win against Manchester City gave the Reds their first Premier League title

Outside the famous Kop end of Anfield thousands more fans gathered throughout the night, with some climbing on walls, bins and the roof of a merchandise stand.

Supporters danced, set off flares and waved flags while singing the name of Liverpool players including Mo Salah and captain Jordan Henderson.

Many fans were seen hugging and one man stood with his arm around a cardboard cut-out of manager Jurgen Klopp.

As well as gathering at Anfield, fans have also filled Liverpool city centre with many group’s singing the club’s famous You’ll Never Walk Alone anthem.

Many of the fans that congregated wore face masks and cars also gathered outside Anfield, with some beeping horns as they passed.

Six-year-old Anthony Nesbitt went to the ground with his father Anthony and mother Marilyn, as well as a cardboard cut-out of Liverpool star Sadio Mane.

“This is amazing, especially for them. We’ve been waiting 30 years for it,” Ms Nesbitt said.

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Image caption One fan climbed on to the statue of Bill Shankly outside Anfield
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Image caption No attempts have been made to disperse the crowds

Earlier on Thursday, fans were urged by the city’s metro mayor to be the “best ‘stay at home’ fans in the world” to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Steve Rotheram said the “amazing season” can have “the celebration it deserves” when it is safe to do so.

Merseyside Police’s Assistant Chief Constable Rob Carden tweeted that he hoped fans “have a great night and stay safe”.

Liverpool City Council told fans to “have a great party” but maintain social distancing as they celebrated.

Several celebrities, including comedian John Bishop and basketball star LeBron James, also posted celebrations online after the title was sealed.

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