Liverpool fans threw smoke bombs at Anfield tonight when they ignored police advice to stay at home before their team's Premier League trophy handover.
The team will play against Chelsea tonight and will be awarded the Premier League Cup after the game. It will be her first title win in 30 years.
The Merseyside police had asked supporters to stay home and celebrate because they feared that the corona virus could spread throughout the city. But hours before the kick-off, hundreds resisted the police warnings and gathered on the streets around Anfield.
They let go of red torches, waved flags and blew carbhorns when the Liverpool team arrived in the coach and sang "Champions, Champions".
Liverpool legend Sir Kenny Dalglish and current captain Jordan Henderson, who won the Premier League trophy, had asked fans to stay away.
However, their appeals fell on deaf ears as the police called in more officials to keep the crowd on the sidewalk in check.
A fan of John Manners, 24, a delivery driver from Walton, said: “It's so difficult for people like me. I've been waiting for this all the years since I was a child in school. And I can't be there.
"We can not do anything. But stand here and get as close to the team as possible.
Liverpool supporters outside Anfield Stadium in Liverpool despite warnings from the authorities to stay away for fear of the spread of the corona virus
Hundreds of Liverpool fans have already started gathering outside of Anfield, releasing red torches
Liverpool fans are waiting tonight to greet the Liverpool FC team bus outside Anfield in Liverpool
Fans watch and hold torches when Liverpool players arrive outside the stadium tonight before the Premier League game between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC
Liverpool fans celebrate with red smoke outside a pub near Anfield in Liverpool. The group of men pictured is wearing t-shirts that say "City couldn't stop us, Corona couldn't either".
“The police seem to be leaving us alone, which is good. But it's still our tenure. & # 39;
Another fan, Lizzie Simkins, 19, of Bootle, said: “It's pretty surreal to be out here when you know that everything we've been dreaming of is going on in there.
“My father followed Liverpool all his life. He has been to European games and hundreds of away games.
"But he had the virus and it blew him away for two months. He's feeling better now, but he's still not 100 percent.
“My friend and I are here to take a lot of videos and pictures and send them to him so that he can have some fun on these streets.
"We are there for him because he cannot be here. We will remember tonight for the rest of our lives. & # 39;
Rizwan Ali, 29, from Dubai, said: “It was impossible for me not to come here. We have to celebrate … I've come a long way. & # 39;
It comes when the women behind the men who brought Liverpool their first championship title in 30 years were allowed to go to Anfield after agreeing to wear masks and social distance.
They got seats in the site's executive boxes after a late decision was made to let 300 people into the stadium.
The site's security advisers overturned an earlier decision to prevent additional guests from catching Liverpool's cup at the end of the site after beating Chelsea.
Deputy police chief Natalie Perischine of the Merseyside police said: "This is such an important night for all Liverpool fans in the city and worldwide that the Premier League trophy will be lifted at the stadium.
Liverpool fans light torches in front of Anfield when the Liverpool team bus arrives before their collision with Chelsea
During the Premier League game in Anfield, a banner labeled "Congrats Champions" is flown across the floor
& # 39; The club and television companies have made careful preparations to ensure that millions of people can enjoy these special moments on the screen from the comfort of their home.
“On this occasion, the best place in the house is in your living room. There is simply no advantage in going down, and we as a city cannot afford to have large numbers of people gathering.
“We are all still in unprecedented times due to the COVID 19 pandemic. The last thing anyone wants is to revive cases in Merseyside where every life has lost a tragedy.
"The last thing anyone wants is for Merseyside to dissolve with patience and selflessness, and for the blocking measures to be reintroduced, as we've seen in other areas."
It happens that Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp asked his squad to enjoy every moment of the title triumph tonight.
Jürgen Klopp has urged his squad to enjoy every moment of a golden period in Liverpool's history as he prepares to win the Premier League Cup.
He said: “The moment I talked about the past 13 or 14 months it was definitely the most extraordinary and successful year in my career.
“As masters of Europe, England and the world, it doesn't happen too often.
"I think it makes sense that we take a photo with all four trophies because I don't think there are many pictures where a club has all four of these trophies. We will do it 100 percent and rightly so.
"It's not that I had to tell them – but I mentioned it. It is absolutely special. This is the moment when you talk about things after a season, but this is the moment that you really need to appreciate. You have to appreciate it and think 100 percent that it was exceptional.
& # 39; The last 13 or 14 months of this team didn't start then, it started before, but we've won all of that since then, which makes it really, really special. But all of the things in the previous year and a half or two were really extraordinary. We just didn't get the reward.
It turns out that if you are good and work hard, there is a chance that we have obviously done and you are doing everything you can. It doesn't mean you can get it like we saw it the year before, but there is a chance. We were ready to work for this opportunity, and in the end the boys made it. & # 39;
There will be some symmetry with Liverpool's last title triumph in 1990, as Jordan Henderson will repeat Alan Hansen in lifting the price after missing the ceremonial game due to injury.
Liverpool won this game 1-0 against Derby and Klopp would be satisfied with the same result.
Klopp was relaxed as he pondered how this collision with Chelsea would go and said there could be no comparison of how he felt before Liverpool faced Tottenham in Madrid last June and had to win to win the Champions League .
"I've had some good moments since we won the Premier League. I was thoughtful and happy about the price, but the difference couldn't be bigger," said Klopp. & # 39; Before the Champions League final, I was under massive pressure that it is really important.
"I always thought it would be much nicer to win a Premier League early than to go into a Champions League where everything comes down to an all-or-nothing point. It's incredible to win seven league games before the end of the season
& # 39; It's 100 percent the moment we get the trophy. It's all about this. It's one of the big stories in soccer history. If anyone had the chance to win a championship in a country this year, which team would you like to have to make it special, then make your choice?
& # 39; The choice would have been Liverpool FC because it was the one everyone wanted to participate in and we are lucky to be part of it. I appreciate that very much. It's really big. It's not that other championships will ever be forgotten, but nobody will forget them. & # 39;