Liverpool enjoyed a heroes’ welcome after returning to Merseyside from their triumphant 2-0 Champions League final victory over Tottenham.
An estimated half-a-million fans flooded the streets of Merseyside to celebrate the win as Jurgen Klopp’s men took to a red open-top double-decker bus emblazoned with the words ‘Champions of Europe’.Sponsored link
Starting at Allerton Maze, the parade travelled towards The Strand to a chorus of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ before ending in a celebration on the city’s waterfront.
There were flares and tickertape throughout with supporters waiting for a glimpse of their heroes from any vantage point possible – tables and chairs to traffic lights and railings.
Others decided to walk alongside the bus while serenading their heroes throughout – captain Jordan Henderson orchestrating the singing from the front with one hand carefully on the coveted trophy.
As they approached their final destination, the fireworks started in a spectacle that had many on the bus, including Klopp himself, almost lost for words.
“It’s emotional,” Klopp said. “I cried a little bit as well because it was so overwhelming what the people are doing, when you have direct eye contact and you see how much it means to them.
“That’s touching, to be honest. It’s brilliant and thank God the weather changed in a positive direction so we have a wonderful time here, it’s really special and all the effort was worth it, to be honest.”
Many supporters have been thanking the players for their achievements – a gesture that was not lost on the scorer of Liverpool’s second goal, Divock Origi.
“We know what Liverpool means in the world as a club, as a football club, so I think we can be happy that people make that statement,” Origi said.
“It means a lot to the people. I can see it in their eyes, in their reaction.