Thousands of Liverpool supporters party in the night at Anfield after their side wins first league title in 30 years, rejecting police demands to maintain social distancing.
Only a few Liverpool fans bothered wearing masks as they waved flags and scarves and celebrated their Premier League victory.
Some fans were in tears. Some others celebrated with their children, as young as four, in a flagrant show of disregard for not just their own health but their kids’ too.
One fan was applauded as he stood on his back with a beer can and a Jurgen Klopp mask.
The defeat of Manchester City gave Liverpool a first title victory since 1990, ending 30 years of hurt and near-misses after multiple finishes in second.
The Reds, who had to wait for glory in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic for three months, were crowned champions on Thursday, after Manchester City failed to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
As Chelsea’s win over Manchester City was reported, hundreds of fans started marching outside the main stand.
Merseyside Police sealed off roads near Anfield Stadium as they attempted to disperse thousands of Liverpool fans who gathered outside the ground to celebrate their team’s 30-year wait to win the title of the Premier League.
Yet thousands of fans flocked to Anfield within an hour of the result to set off flares, cheer and celebrate the championship victory, while ignoring social distancing steps, says.
Some 5,000 fans succeeded in surrounding the stadium before police sealed off roads leading to it, although they did not make any move to break the party.
A handful of police vans and uniformed officers waited on the site. Although people did not practice social distancing, the festivities were still peaceful. A police helicopter circling the field was also seen.
While social distancing measures were in place across the area, fans still flocked to Anfield by foot and car to mark the moment of glory for their side.
Outside the ground, the roads were clogged and some fans even climbed up the steps of the main stand. Reds supporters honked their horns and fireworks went off.