Celebrations of Liverpool fans condemned by police when thousands appear at Anfield

Police have warned Liverpool fans to remember the coronavirus regulations after thousands of fans flocked to Anfield on Thursday to celebrate Liverpool’s first Premier League title in 30 years.

Jurgen Klopp’s team clinched the title after second-placed Manchester City lost 2-1 to Chelsea in London, meaning the Merseyside club couldn’t be caught with a 23-point lead over City with remaining seven games.

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Despite the rules and restrictions of social distancing at public gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic, Liverpool supporters flocked to Anfield to show their joy at the team’s success.

Fans turned the sky red with flares and fireworks and sang the club’s famous songs and chants, including the team’s anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone”.

Even as the clocks ticked past midnight, crowds outside Anfield continued to grow, and fans scaled the stadium walls.

All Premier League games since the restart have been held behind closed doors, meaning fans were not at the stadium when Liverpool beat Crystal Palace 4-0 on Wednesday.

Assistant Merseyside Police Chief Officer Rob Carden said most fans complied with social distancing regulations and decided to mark the event safely.

“Unfortunately, as we have seen throughout the closing period, not everyone adhered to the current regulations,” he added.

“In the coming days, we urge fans to do the right thing and celebrate safely with members of their home and in their social bubble.”

Celebrations took over the city center, with the Cunard Building, next to Pier Head, lit up in red at night.

Elsewhere, the Church of San Lucas, known locally as the bombed-out church, became a focal point for fans to congregate, launch fireworks, and review their repertoire of songs.

Police kept the cars out of the area, but city supporters blew their horns with glee.