UK Premier League distances itself from Black Lives Matter


Former Premier League stars Jamie Redknapp and Patrice Evra were not wearing Black Lives Matter badges during tonight’s coverage of Brighton v Manchester United. 

Since the league resumed, guests appearing on Sky Sports have worn badges with the campaign phrase after all 20 clubs agreed to use the slogan on their shirts for the first round  of games following the Covid-19 break. 

However, as Brighton took on Manchester United, the former Liverpool and Manchester United players were not wearing the badge. 

Pundits Jamie Redknapp, pictured, and Patrice Evra were not wearing Black Lives Matter badges when appearing on tonight’s show on Sky Sports

The pair were discussing Brighton v Manchester United on Sky Sports tonight

The pair were discussing Brighton v Manchester United on Sky Sports tonight

This follows a move by the Premier League to distanced itself from Black Lives Matter and said it ‘does not endorse’ the group after pundit Matt Le Tissier said he only wore their badge on TV after being asked to by Sky Sports bosses. 

The body said in a statement that while there is ‘no room for racism in football’, it does not support any ‘political organisation or movement’, nor any group which ‘calls for violence or condones illegal activity’. 

The dramatic about-turn came even though dozens of Premier League footballers have taken the knee – the symbol of the BLM movement – since the restart of the competition earlier this month.

The Premier League’s statement came after ex-player Mr Le Tissier, 51, criticised the group’s ‘far-left ideology’ and said he ‘could not support’ the cause’s anti-police and anti-capitalist aims.  

The Premier League has distanced itself from Black Lives Matter and said it 'does not endorse' the group after pundit Matt Le Tissier said he only wore their badge (circled) on TV after being asked to by Sky Sports bosses

The Premier League has distanced itself from Black Lives Matter and said it ‘does not endorse’ the group after pundit Matt Le Tissier said he only wore their badge (circled) on TV after being asked to by Sky Sports bosses

The body said in a statement that while there is 'no room for racism in football', it does not support any 'political organisation or movement', nor any group which 'calls for violence or condones illegal activity'. Pictured: Former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher also wore the BLM badge on TV

The body said in a statement that while there is ‘no room for racism in football’, it does not support any ‘political organisation or movement’, nor any group which ‘calls for violence or condones illegal activity’. Pictured: Former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher also wore the BLM badge on TV 

He had, along with fellow Sky pundit Jamie Carragher appeared on air wearing a Black Lives Matter badge but said he only did so after being asked to.  

In its statement, the Premier League said it stands alongside clubs and footballing bodies in supporting people who have ‘come together in recent weeks to reject racism and to show support for the message that black lives matter.’

However, it then went on: ‘We do not endorse any political organisation or movement, nor support any group that calls for violence or condones illegal activity.

‘We are aware of the risk posed by groups that seek to hijack popular causes and campaigns to promote their own political views. 

‘These actions are entirely unwelcome and are rejected by the Premier League and all other professional football bodies, and they underline the importance of our sport coming together to declare a very clear position against prejudice.’ 

The message came after the UK arm of Black Lives Matter said it wants to defund the police completely and abolish capitalism and has pledged support for Palestine amid Israel’s plans to annex the West Bank.  

The group’s other aims prompted Le Tissier to tell MailOnline on Friday to air his criticism. 

The dramatic about-turn came even though dozens of Premier League footballers have taken the knee - the symbol of the BLM movement - since the restart of the competition earlier this month

The dramatic about-turn came even though dozens of Premier League footballers have taken the knee – the symbol of the BLM movement – since the restart of the competition earlier this month 

His words followed black footballer Karl Henry, who branded the group ‘divisive’.   

Le Tissier said bosses at Sky had asked him and other pundits to wear the logo for their appearances and he agreed, but pointed out he supported ‘the cause, not the organisation’. 

Speaking outside his home near Southampton, Hants, he said: ‘I just don’t agree with some of the points of that movement – specifically the defunding of the police and the anti capitalist points are things I do not agree with.

The Premier League’s statement in full

The Premier League stands alongside players, clubs, The FA, EFL, PFA, LMA, PGMOL and all those who have come together in recent weeks to reject racism and to show support for the message that black lives matter. These three words have become an expression of unity for people from all communities who believe it is unacceptable to treat black people differently to anyone else.

In an unprecedented move, Premier League players from all 20 clubs united in solidarity with this message and the Premier League supported their request to replace their names on the back of playing shirts with ‘Black Lives Matter’.

The Premier League offered this backing as we wholly agree with the players’ single objective of eradicating racial prejudice wherever it exists. And we are unequivocal in the belief that there is no room for racism in our competition, football as a whole, or the wider community. Together, all professional football bodies and the players and managers recognise the importance of the message that black lives matter. However, we do not endorse any political organisation or movement, nor support any group that calls for violence or condones illegal activity.

We are aware of the risk posed by groups that seek to hijack popular causes and campaigns to promote their own political views. These actions are entirely unwelcome and are rejected by the Premier League and all other professional football bodies, and they underline the importance of our sport coming together to declare a very clear position against prejudice. We want our message to be a positive one that recognises football has the power to bring people together.

As the players have made clear, we will all continue to work to promote equality of opportunity – regardless of colour or creed – and celebrate the advantages of diversity wherever we can.

The Premier League believes there is no room for racism or any form of discrimination, anywhere #NoRoomforRacism.

‘They are the two main points for me. I am quite happy for them to have their point of view, but that is mine and that is where I sit.

‘I think a lot of people in the country would agree with me.

‘I will still wear the badge because I do of course believe black lives matter. It’s a simple thing,

‘I agree with the cause but there are parts of the organisation that I just cannot support.’

When asked whether pundits on Sky Sports had been told to wear the badge, Le Tissier laughed and said: ‘We were asked to wear it.’ 

He and Henry had been the only high-profile voices in football so far to raise concerns about the UK arm, which has protested over the killing of George Floyd by a white policeman in the US.

Until them the sport had completely embraced the movement, with players taking the knee before Premier League and Championship matches kicked off.

But the past few days has seen the group embroiled in an anti-Semitism row and criticism of its ‘defund the police’ agenda. 

Presenters and guests on Sky Sports have worn BLM badges when appearing on programmes, but now Le Tissier says he has held talks with his bosses about this.

Meanwhile Henry has called for a ‘new inclusive and politically-neutral anti-racism movement’ after savaging the UK group online.

In response, the channel said no-one was obliged to wear the logo, with a source adding it supported the group simply for its anti-racism stance.

The Southampton legend and former England international replied to a tweet accusing him of ‘promoting a far-left ideology’ and said he had spoken with Sky Sports chiefs about the matter.  

Le Tissier is one of football’s most popular pundits after a glittering career at Southampton and was voted the greatest Premier League player of all time in a Eurosport poll.

He began the debate by urging his followers to remove him on Twitter if they were from the ‘far right or far left’. 

‘Morning peeps, polite request, if you’re far right or far left do me and yourselves a favour and unfollow me, it’ll be good for yours and our mental health as I couldn’t give 2 hoots how many followers I have I won’t be offended.’ 

One Twitter user replied: ‘If you are central Matt why wear a badge promoting a far left ideology?’ 

The 51-year-old wrote back: ‘That’s a good point and one which I’ve made to my boss already.’ 

Karl Henry spoke out against Black Lives Matter UK over their anti-capitalism and stance on trying to abolish the police (pictured here playing for Bolton in 2018)

Karl Henry spoke out against Black Lives Matter UK over their anti-capitalism and stance on trying to abolish the police (pictured here playing for Bolton in 2018)

 

Le Tissier appeared to echo tweets by former Wolves player Karl Henry who said he thought the public had tired of the Black Lives Matter UK organisation

Le Tissier appeared to echo tweets by former Wolves player Karl Henry who said he thought the public had tired of the Black Lives Matter UK organisation

Another said: ‘Maybe you should review your BLM badge wearing’, to which he responded: ‘I am reviewing’.

There has been plenty of reaction and debate following Le Tissier’s tweet, with another user saying he ‘hated this badging of the left and right’. 

Black Lives Matter: Group wants to abolish the police, smash capitalism and close all prisons

Black Lives Matter UK is the semi-official British offshoot of its American counterpart and has been the face of the UK’s protests over George Floyd’s death and racial equailty.

But while hundreds of thousands of people have donated millions to their cause, many will be unaware on many of the group’s more extreme aims.

The UK branch, just like the American arm of the movement, has a number of far-Left aims listed on its  wesbite.

They include the Marxist ‘commitment to dismantle capitalism’.

Elsewhere the group says it wants to use money it has raised to develop and deliver strategies ‘for the abolition of the police’.

The official Twitter account of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) UK movement has also been caught up in an antisemitism row.

It tweeted in support of Palestine over plans by Israel to annex its West Bank settlements.

The verified account claimed mainstream British politics were being ‘gagged of the right to critique Zionism,’ before Tweeting that the movement ‘loudly and clearly stands beside our Palestinian comrades’ and adding in block capitals ‘FREE PALESTINE’.

It sparked anger among the Jewish community, with some describing the idea of politicians being ‘gagged’ over their criticism of Zionism as being an ‘antisemitic trope’.

 The Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) said: ‘BLM should aspire to be a movement against racism that unifies people and achieves lasting change, not a movement that spreads hatred and achieves lasting division.

‘You cannot fight prejudice with prejudice.’ 

The group has been active online since mid-2016.

In December that year it endorsed the complete closure of all Britain’s prisons and detention centres, saying they were ‘inhumane, overcrowded and unsafe’.

The group has also expressed its opposition on Twitter to government initiatives including reform of the benefits system via the introduction of Universal Credit and the licensing of fracking. 

It has attacked everyone from Oxfam (‘big charities are nothing more than colonisers for the 21st century’) to Sir David Attenborough.

The group accused an episode of his 2018 TV series Dynasties, on chimpanzees, of being racist because the BBC naturalist complained that habitat destruction due to overpopulation was threatening the species with extinction.

‘Human activities can obviously compete with wildlife,’ the anomymous BLM Tweeter opined. ‘But ‘too many people’ always has a silent ‘black’.’

And one replied telling him ‘that BLM badge is a bit dodgy’.

There has been plenty of reaction and debate following Le Tissier’s tweet, with another user saying he ‘hated this badging of the left and right’. 

And one replied telling him ‘that BLM badge is a bit dodgy’.

Former Wolves, Stoke City, QPR, Bolton and Bradford City professional footballer Karl Henry also raised concerns about the aims of BLM UK. 

He tweeted yesterday: ‘I think the majority of the UK have now had enough of that organisation.       

‘A new inclusive and politically-neutral anti-racism movement to follow and get behind is much needed. Black people’s lives matter!

‘The divisive #BlackLivesMatter organisation, however, DOES NOT.’

Black Lives Matter encourage the slogan #DefundThePolice amid outcry over alleged violence by police towards black people, saying they ‘call for an end to the systemic racism that allows this culture of corruption to go unchecked and our lives to be taken’.

In further remarks he took aim at some of the UK group’s far-left policies.   

He added: ‘Let’s just look at Capitalism, which #BlackLivesMatterUK want to abolish. 

‘It does NOT favour white people. It is not the enemy of the black community. 

‘Capitalism allows free enterprise and entrepreneurialism. If other communities can flourish under capitalism, so can we!’ 

Speaking about their views on the police on the Black Lives Matter website, the movement says Floyd’s death was a ‘breaking point’ and ‘a reminder that, for black people, law enforcement doesn’t protect or save our lives. They often threaten and take them’.

They have called for ‘a national defunding of police’, asking for ‘investment in our communities and the resources to ensure Black people not only survive, but thrive’.

But there is a growing chorus of voices who want to know exactly who is behind the group.

Last week they posted a statement on various social media feeds, promising soon to ‘create a website’ that would ‘ease any confusion around which of the many Black Lives Matter organisations and platforms that have emerged is actually us’.

The statement also promised its spending ‘will be made public in the spirit of transparency and accountability in due course’. As to who is behind the organisation, it claimed its leaders were busy dealing with ’emergency legal matters’ and ‘the hostility of far-Right groups’ which represent ‘a genuine threat to our safety’.

Yesterday it seemed to be trying to row back on its police money remarks, tweeting a post at odds with its own published aims.

It said: ‘When we say ‘Defund the police’ we mean Invest in programmes that actually keep us safe like youth services, mental health and social care, education, jobs and housing. Key services to support the most vulnerable before they come into contact with the criminal justice system.’

A Sky Sports said none of the presenters were obliged to wear the badges.

One source familiar with the situation added: ‘It is the individual’s choice whether they wear the badges or not.

‘The channel’s support for Black Lives Matter is for the moral cause of the campaign for racial justice, rather than for any political organisation.’  

TV commentary riddled with racial bias: Alarming results from research across Europe’s top leagues


The PFA have urged commentators to address their racial bias after a study revealed differences in how they describe players with different skin tones.

Findings revealed on Tuesday, following the first study of its kind in football, showed that ‘deep-rooted racial stereotypes’ are promoted in commentary by:

  • Players with lighter skin tones receiving significantly more praise for their intelligence, quality, work rate and versatility.
  • Players with darker skin tones receiving at least 63 per cent of the criticism when it came to comments made about intelligence, quality and versatility.
  • Players with darker skin tones being more likely to be reduced to their physical attributes, receiving almost seven times more comments about their power and over three times more about their speed.

Commentators have been urged to address their racial bias after alarming research results

Jason Lee, the PFA’s equalities executive, said: ‘To address the real impact of structural racism, we have to acknowledge and address racial bias. This study shows an evident bias in how we describe the attributes of footballers based on their skin colour. Commentators help shape the perception we hold of each player, deepening any racial bias already held by the viewer.

‘It’s important to consider how far-reaching those perceptions can be and how they impact footballers even once they finish their playing careers. If a player has aspirations of becoming a coach or manager, is an unfair advantage given to players who commentators regularly refer to as intelligent and industrious, when those views appear to be a result of racial bias?’

Kick It Out chairman Sanjay Bhandari said the research only confirmed what many have long suspected. He highlighted the damaging impact negative perceptions can have on players during and after their careers.

He said: ‘I welcome this research by the PFA, which provides independent data to support what many of us have believed for many years: that black players suffer from casual stereotyping focused on pace and power rather than intelligence.

‘Carrying those lazy cultural stereotypes, it is little wonder so few top-level black players make it through into top-level coaching as those perceptions precede them.

‘The Black Lives Matter movement has shown that we all need to raise our game. For commentators, that means being more careful in their language and becoming more aware of their unconscious bias.’

Study revealed the differences in how commentators describe stars with different skin tones

Study revealed the differences in how commentators describe stars with different skin tones

Danish company RunRepeat conducted the study in association with the PFA.

They reviewed commentary from 80 games this season which took place in four of Europe’s major leagues including the Premier League.

Spain’s La Liga, Italy’s Serie A and France’s Ligue 1 were the other three divisions used in the study with 20 matches from each league assessed.

In total, 2073 statements made about 643 different players by English speaking commentators working for media outlets in the UK, USA and Canada – Sky Sports, BT Sports, ESPN, beIN Sports, NBCSN, TSN and FreeSports – were reviewed. Around 5 per cent of the commentators and co-commentators were black, Asian or ethnic minorities.

The physicality references were predominantly aimed at darker players, too, who were 6.59 times more likely to have their power referred to and 3.38 times more likely to have their speed mentioned.

Just over 60 per cent of all positive comments regarding work ethic went to lighter players, with just under 40 per cent going to darker players. There was also a clear bias in statements relating to versatility. Lighter players received 65.79 per cent of the praise, with only 34.21 per cent going to players with darker skin tones.

The findings were collated from games across Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1

The findings were collated from games across Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1

A massive 73.53 per cent – the highest figure recorded in any of the categories – of negative comments about players’ versatility went to those with darker skin tones.

The only category in which players with lighter skin tones received more criticism was for work rate – 57.14 per cent compared to 42.86 per cent aimed at players with darker skin.

Similar studies have been carried out for basketball, American football and the Olympics. The stereotypes underlined in football’s study are similar to those uncovered in NFL draft prospects on the Sports Illustrated website from 1998 to 2007. That highlighted how black quarterbacks were praised for their athletic qualities, but criticised for their intelligence.

White quarterbacks were praised for their intelligence while negative comments were made about their athleticism.

In a separate development, Sky’s leading pundits and presenters have held discussions with Kick It Out’s head of development Troy Townsend about the language they use in analysis of matches and players.

Players have continued to take the knee in the Premier League to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement

Players have continued to take the knee in the Premier League to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement

Explaining the significance of the findings on bias in football commentary, the study says: ‘Players have been unified in their support of the Black Lives Matter movement, sending a strong message about equality.

‘However, the players themselves still have to navigate systemically racist structures, despite their significant platforms and professional success. This racial bias study makes the nuances of that structure apparent.

‘We now need everyone in football, including commentators and broadcasters, to consider the part they play in furthering implicit bias towards people with darker skin tones. This must be the moment that we all, collectively, begin to address deep-rooted racial stereotypes.

‘We understand that the commentators may not have intended to further racial stereotypes by sharing their opinions about a player’s intelligence or physical attributes during a game. However, the narrative of black people’s primary value laying in their physicality and not their intelligence dates back to attitudes modern society is determined to eradicate. ‘While this type of unconscious prejudice has become less overt, even subtle racial bias is damaging, continues a legacy of pain and has long-reaching societal consequences.’

TV commentary riddled with racial bias: Alarming results from research across Europe’s top leagues


The PFA have urged commentators to address their racial bias after a study revealed differences in how they describe players with different skin tones.

Findings revealed on Tuesday, following the first study of its kind in football, showed that ‘deep-rooted racial stereotypes’ are promoted in commentary by:

  • Players with lighter skin tones receiving significantly more praise for their intelligence, quality, work rate and versatility.
  • Players with darker skin tones receiving at least 63 per cent of the criticism when it came to comments made about intelligence, quality and versatility.
  • Players with darker skin tones being more likely to be reduced to their physical attributes, receiving almost seven times more comments about their power and over three times more about their speed.

Commentators have been urged to address their racial bias after alarming research results

Jason Lee, the PFA’s equalities executive, said: ‘To address the real impact of structural racism, we have to acknowledge and address racial bias. This study shows an evident bias in how we describe the attributes of footballers based on their skin colour. Commentators help shape the perception we hold of each player, deepening any racial bias already held by the viewer.

‘It’s important to consider how far-reaching those perceptions can be and how they impact footballers even once they finish their playing careers. If a player has aspirations of becoming a coach or manager, is an unfair advantage given to players who commentators regularly refer to as intelligent and industrious, when those views appear to be a result of racial bias?’

Kick It Out chairman Sanjay Bhandari said the research only confirmed what many have long suspected. He highlighted the damaging impact negative perceptions can have on players during and after their careers.

He said: ‘I welcome this research by the PFA, which provides independent data to support what many of us have believed for many years: that black players suffer from casual stereotyping focused on pace and power rather than intelligence.

‘Carrying those lazy cultural stereotypes, it is little wonder so few top-level black players make it through into top-level coaching as those perceptions precede them.

‘The Black Lives Matter movement has shown that we all need to raise our game. For commentators, that means being more careful in their language and becoming more aware of their unconscious bias.’

Study revealed the differences in how commentators describe stars with different skin tones

Study revealed the differences in how commentators describe stars with different skin tones

Danish company RunRepeat conducted the study in association with the PFA.

They reviewed commentary from 80 games this season which took place in four of Europe’s major leagues including the Premier League.

Spain’s La Liga, Italy’s Serie A and France’s Ligue 1 were the other three divisions used in the study with 20 matches from each league assessed.

In total, 2073 statements made about 643 different players by English speaking commentators working for media outlets in the UK, USA and Canada – Sky Sports, BT Sports, ESPN, beIN Sports, NBCSN, TSN and FreeSports – were reviewed. Around 5 per cent of the commentators and co-commentators were black, Asian or ethnic minorities.

The physicality references were predominantly aimed at darker players, too, who were 6.59 times more likely to have their power referred to and 3.38 times more likely to have their speed mentioned.

Just over 60 per cent of all positive comments regarding work ethic went to lighter players, with just under 40 per cent going to darker players. There was also a clear bias in statements relating to versatility. Lighter players received 65.79 per cent of the praise, with only 34.21 per cent going to players with darker skin tones.

The findings were collated from games across Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1

The findings were collated from games across Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1

A massive 73.53 per cent – the highest figure recorded in any of the categories – of negative comments about players’ versatility went to those with darker skin tones.

The only category in which players with lighter skin tones received more criticism was for work rate – 57.14 per cent compared to 42.86 per cent aimed at players with darker skin.

Similar studies have been carried out for basketball, American football and the Olympics. The stereotypes underlined in football’s study are similar to those uncovered in NFL draft prospects on the Sports Illustrated website from 1998 to 2007. That highlighted how black quarterbacks were praised for their athletic qualities, but criticised for their intelligence.

White quarterbacks were praised for their intelligence while negative comments were made about their athleticism.

In a separate development, Sky’s leading pundits and presenters have held discussions with Kick It Out’s head of development Troy Townsend about the language they use in analysis of matches and players.

Players have continued to take the knee in the Premier League to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement

Players have continued to take the knee in the Premier League to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement

Explaining the significance of the findings on bias in football commentary, the study says: ‘Players have been unified in their support of the Black Lives Matter movement, sending a strong message about equality.

‘However, the players themselves still have to navigate systemically racist structures, despite their significant platforms and professional success. This racial bias study makes the nuances of that structure apparent.

‘We now need everyone in football, including commentators and broadcasters, to consider the part they play in furthering implicit bias towards people with darker skin tones. This must be the moment that we all, collectively, begin to address deep-rooted racial stereotypes.

‘We understand that the commentators may not have intended to further racial stereotypes by sharing their opinions about a player’s intelligence or physical attributes during a game. However, the narrative of black people’s primary value laying in their physicality and not their intelligence dates back to attitudes modern society is determined to eradicate. ‘While this type of unconscious prejudice has become less overt, even subtle racial bias is damaging, continues a legacy of pain and has long-reaching societal consequences.’

Shocking video appears to show grinning Liverpool fan snorting line of cocaine


A shocking video has emerged which appears to show a Liverpool fan snorting white powder off a the hat of a police officer during celebrations to mark their first Premier League title.

Large crowds gathered at Pier Head in the city centre to celebrate Liverpool winning their first league title in 30 years.

There were clashes with police and fireworks were thrown at the Liver Building but a video has since surfaced which shows a small group of grinning supporters showing off the hat which has a line of white powder on the top. 

Two of the group snort the powder with one identified as ‘Joe’ in the clip which was posted on Twitter.   

A white powder is seen on the hat as the group of young men are seen smiling showing it off while stood in the packed crowd

A shocking video appears to show a Liverpool supporter snorting white powder off the hat of a police officer during Friday’s celebrations to mark the club winning the Premier League title

One supporter is seen pushing a policeman as ugly clashes broke out during Friday's celebrations

Missiles were then thrown at police as the violence continued into the early hours at Pier Head in the city centre

Police were assaulted and struck by missiles by football supporters on Friday night as Liverpool supporters gathered to celebrate winning the league title in the city centre

More than 1,000 fans gathered in the city centre and police confirmed 15 arrests were made

More than 1,000 fans gathered in the city centre and police confirmed 15 arrests were made

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said he was left heartbroken by the 'disgusting behaviour'

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said he was left heartbroken by the ‘disgusting behaviour’

The video emerged after a 19-year-old was charged for throwing a firework at the Liver Building on a night when Merseyside police officers were struck by missiles and pushed to the ground by Liverpool supporters as ugly scenes broke out in the city centre on Friday.

Matthew Egglesden, 19, has been charged by police for causing criminal damage after a firework was thrown from Pier Head and exploded on collision with the building. 

He is scheduled to appear at Liverpool Magistrates court on Monday and the police are now stepping up their efforts to identify others who were involved in violent clashes with officers on the ground.  

Liverpool clinched their first league title in 30 years on Thursday night and on Friday, more than 1,000 people gathered at Pier Head in the city centre to continue the celebrations, only for violence to overshadow the gathering.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson shared a video of the violence and said that 300 fans ‘fought for over two hours’ with police before it all subsided in the early hours of Saturday morning.  

Anderson said he was left heartbroken following the violent scenes and believes the ‘mindless behaviour’ damages the city’s reputation.  

Missiles were thrown at officers and Merseyside Police confirmed 15 arrests were made with CCTV and body-cam footage to be analysed to look for any more perpetrators.   

Following confirmation of Liverpool’s first Premier League title, shocking scenes have been captured, including fireworks being thrown at the city’s iconic Liver building. The fireworks led to a fire on a balcony on the side of the building. 

Anderson’s video of ‘ugly scenes’ on his Twitter page saw violent clashes with police.

The video shows police being pushed and struck by objects after they have one man restrained on the floor.  In the final moments of the clip, some individuals step in to help the police and diffuse the situation. 

One supporter was detained on the ground and that caused anger among his fellow fans who demanded he was let go

Police remonstrated with angry supporters before clashes broke out with objects thrown

One fan was detained (left) and that caused anger among fellow fans who wanted him let go

Police have urged more understanding of the need to adhere to social distancing rules with the coronavirus pandemic still ongoing as fans had consecutive nights celebrating in the city

Police have urged more understanding of the need to adhere to social distancing rules with the coronavirus pandemic still ongoing as fans had consecutive nights celebrating in the city

In a statement released on Saturday, Chief Constable Andy Cooke said: ‘One man was arrested for assault after another man suffered head injuries. The injured male was taken to hospital where he remains in a serious condition. Two officers also suffered minor injuries after missiles were thrown at them by people in the crowd.

‘The crowds dispersed from the Pier Head at around 1:30am. But soon after there were reports of further crowd issues in other parts of the city centre. Officers intervened but again missiles were thrown at them.

‘In total 15 people, at the Pier Head and in the city centre, were arrested for various offences including public order offences, drunk and disorderly and affray.’

The gatherings, which included a huge gathering outside Anfield on Thursday night after the league title was confirmed, have been condemned with a frustration at the disregard for social distancing rules amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

‘I cannot stress enough that these gatherings put an unnecessary strain on our emergency services and could mean that we might not be able to get to other people who really need us,’ Cooke added. 

‘In the coming days we will be reviewing CCTV and Body Worn Camera footage to identify those involved in criminal and anti social behaviour and we will be issuing images through the media to find those responsible. I would urge anyone who has any information about those involved to contact us. 

Liverpool's players celebrated their league title win at Formby Hall on Thursday evening

Liverpool’s players celebrated their league title win at Formby Hall on Thursday evening

Victory over Crystal Palace on Wednesday was played without fans in attendance to celebrate

Victory over Crystal Palace on Wednesday was played without fans in attendance to celebrate

Fans instead congregated outside Anfield on Thursday to toast the Premier League title win

Fans instead congregated outside Anfield on Thursday to toast the Premier League title win

‘We are still in a public health crisis and we need to work together with the public of Merseyside to prevent the further spread of Covid-19.’ 

Following sharing the video, Mayor Anderson added in the police statement: ‘An occasion for celebration has been turned instead into headlines of disgraceful behaviour. 

‘Our city is, rightly, proud of the phenomenal success of one of our football teams. But the time for public celebration in crowds is not now. Our city remains in the grip of a major public health crisis and this behaviour is wholly unacceptable. Let me be clear – lives are at risk.

‘Seeing thousands of people congregating at the Pier Head into the early hours and the ugly scenes shared on social media afterwards was heartbreaking to see. Fireworks, flares and tons of litter, amount to nothing but disrespect for our city.

‘This mindless behaviour has the potential to damage Liverpool’s reputation – both the club’s and the city. I don’t believe this is how the team would like their achievement to be remembered.’   

Liverpool FC had earlier put out a joint statement with police and the council in which they condemned supporters failing to abide by social distancing rules. 

Following the mass gathering, there was a deluge of litter strewn across the city centre

Following the mass gathering, there was a deluge of litter strewn across the city centre

The statement read: ‘Several thousand people turned up at the Pier Head on Friday June 26 and some chose to ignore the social distancing guidance and risk public safety.

‘Our city is still in a public health crisis and this behaviour is wholly unacceptable.

‘The potential danger of a second peak of Covid-19 still exists and we need to work together to make sure we don’t undo everything that has been achieved as a region during lockdown.

‘When it is safe to do so, we will all work together to arrange a victory parade when everyone can come together to celebrate. Until that time, the safety of our city and our people continues to be our number one priority.’

Anyone that has any further information on flares that were set alight on Friday night, who threw a firework at the Liver Building, or any other criminal incident that may have occurred is urged to get in touch with Merseyside Police. They can be reached @MerPolCC or contact @CrimestoppersUK anonymously. 



Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson hits out at ‘ugly scenes’ as football fans threw missiles at police


A 19-year-old has been charged for throwing a firework at the Liver Building on a night when Merseyside police officers were struck by missiles and pushed to the ground by Liverpool supporters as ugly scenes broke out in the city centre on Friday.

Matthew Egglesden, 19, has been charged by police for causing criminal damage after a firework was thrown from Pier Head and exploded on collision with the building. 

He is scheduled to appear at Liverpool Magistrates court on Monday and the police are now stepping up their efforts to identify others who were involved in violent clashes with officers on the ground.  

Liverpool clinched their first league title in 30 years on Thursday night and on Friday, more than 1,000 people gathered at Pier Head in the city centre to continue the celebrations, only for violence to overshadow the gathering.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson shared a video of the violence and said that 300 fans ‘fought for over two hours’ with police before it all subsided in the early hours of Saturday morning.  

Missiles were then thrown at police as the violence continued into the early hours at Pier Head in the city centre

Police were assaulted and struck by missiles by football supporters on Friday night as Liverpool supporters gathered to celebrate winning the league title in the city centre

One supporter was detained on the ground and that caused anger among his fellow fans who demanded he was let go

Police remonstrated with angry supporters before clashes broke out with objects thrown

One fan was detained (left) and that caused anger among fellow fans who wanted him let go

More than 1,000 fans gathered in the city centre and police confirmed 15 arrests were made

More than 1,000 fans gathered in the city centre and police confirmed 15 arrests were made

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said he was left heartbroken by the 'disgusting behaviour'

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said he was left heartbroken by the ‘disgusting behaviour’

Anderson said he was left heartbroken following the violent scenes and believes the ‘mindless behaviour’ damages the city’s reputation.  

Missiles were thrown at officers and Merseyside Police confirmed 15 arrests were made with CCTV and body-cam footage to be analysed to look for any more perpetrators.   

Following confirmation of Liverpool’s first Premier League title, shocking scenes have been captured, including fireworks being thrown at the city’s iconic Liver building. The fireworks led to a fire on a balcony on the side of the building. 

Anderson’s video of ‘ugly scenes’ on his Twitter page saw violent clashes with police.

The video shows police being pushed and struck by objects after they have one man restrained on the floor.  In the final moments of the clip, some individuals step in to help the police and diffuse the situation. 

Police have urged more understanding of the need to adhere to social distancing rules with the coronavirus pandemic still ongoing as fans had consecutive nights celebrating in the city

Police have urged more understanding of the need to adhere to social distancing rules with the coronavirus pandemic still ongoing as fans had consecutive nights celebrating in the city

In a statement released on Saturday, Chief Constable Andy Cooke said: ‘One man was arrested for assault after another man suffered head injuries. The injured male was taken to hospital where he remains in a serious condition. Two officers also suffered minor injuries after missiles were thrown at them by people in the crowd.

‘The crowds dispersed from the Pier Head at around 1:30am. But soon after there were reports of further crowd issues in other parts of the city centre. Officers intervened but again missiles were thrown at them.

‘In total 15 people, at the Pier Head and in the city centre, were arrested for various offences including public order offences, drunk and disorderly and affray.’

The gatherings, which included a huge gathering outside Anfield on Thursday night after the league title was confirmed, have been condemned with a frustration at the disregard for social distancing rules amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

‘I cannot stress enough that these gatherings put an unnecessary strain on our emergency services and could mean that we might not be able to get to other people who really need us,’ Cooke added. 

‘In the coming days we will be reviewing CCTV and Body Worn Camera footage to identify those involved in criminal and anti social behaviour and we will be issuing images through the media to find those responsible. I would urge anyone who has any information about those involved to contact us. 

Liverpool's players celebrated their league title win at Formby Hall on Thursday evening

Liverpool’s players celebrated their league title win at Formby Hall on Thursday evening

Victory over Crystal Palace on Wednesday was played without fans in attendance to celebrate

Victory over Crystal Palace on Wednesday was played without fans in attendance to celebrate

Fans instead congregated outside Anfield on Thursday to toast the Premier League title win

Fans instead congregated outside Anfield on Thursday to toast the Premier League title win

‘We are still in a public health crisis and we need to work together with the public of Merseyside to prevent the further spread of Covid-19.’ 

Following sharing the video, Mayor Anderson added in the police statement: ‘An occasion for celebration has been turned instead into headlines of disgraceful behaviour. 

‘Our city is, rightly, proud of the phenomenal success of one of our football teams. But the time for public celebration in crowds is not now. Our city remains in the grip of a major public health crisis and this behaviour is wholly unacceptable. Let me be clear – lives are at risk.

‘Seeing thousands of people congregating at the Pier Head into the early hours and the ugly scenes shared on social media afterwards was heartbreaking to see. Fireworks, flares and tons of litter, amount to nothing but disrespect for our city.

‘This mindless behaviour has the potential to damage Liverpool’s reputation – both the club’s and the city. I don’t believe this is how the team would like their achievement to be remembered.’   

Liverpool FC had earlier put out a joint statement with police and the council in which they condemned supporters failing to abide by social distancing rules. 

Following the mass gathering, there was a deluge of litter strewn across the city centre

Following the mass gathering, there was a deluge of litter strewn across the city centre

The statement read: ‘Several thousand people turned up at the Pier Head on Friday June 26 and some chose to ignore the social distancing guidance and risk public safety.

‘Our city is still in a public health crisis and this behaviour is wholly unacceptable.

‘The potential danger of a second peak of Covid-19 still exists and we need to work together to make sure we don’t undo everything that has been achieved as a region during lockdown.

‘When it is safe to do so, we will all work together to arrange a victory parade when everyone can come together to celebrate. Until that time, the safety of our city and our people continues to be our number one priority.’

Anyone that has any further information on flares that were set alight on Friday night, who threw a firework at the Liver Building, or any other criminal incident that may have occurred is urged to get in touch with Merseyside Police. They can be reached @MerPolCC or contact @CrimestoppersUK anonymously. 



Liverpool ‘could be BANNED from playing at Anfield’ if fans don’t stop partying in the streets


Liverpool could be banned from playing their remaining home games at Anfield unless fans stop partying in the streets, according to reports.

The club joined Merseyside Police, the City Council and mayor Joe Anderson in condemning some of their own supporters’ behaviour after thousands flooded to Pier Head in the city centre to celebrate the team’s success – despite repeated warnings over the spread of the coronavirus.

And now according to The Sun, the club could have their stadium’s safety certificate revoked by the local Ground Safety Advisory Group if the wild celebrations continue.

Liverpool could be banned from playing at Anfield if fans don’t stop partying in the streets

Rowdy Liverpool fans took to the city centre to celebrate the club's Premier League title win

Rowdy Liverpool fans took to the city centre to celebrate the club’s Premier League title win

Liverpool have three more home games where they will host Aston Villa next Sunday, then Burnley before Chelsea on the penultimate weekend of the season.

The match against Chelsea is when the Premier League plan on presenting the trophy to Jurgen Klopp’s men.

However, recent events could force Jordan Henderson and Co to lift the trophy at a neutral venue should the celebrations in the city centre continue. 

It comes after jubilant fans took to the streets on Merseyside to celebrate Liverpool’s Premier League title win, which saw supporters gathering in the city centre and ignoring social-distancing rules, while mounds of rubbish were left once the crowds had dispersed.

Reports suggest Liverpool could face repercussions if fans don't adhere to social distancing

Reports suggest Liverpool could face repercussions if fans don’t adhere to social distancing

Liverpool have three home games left and will want to lift the trophy at Anfield next month

Liverpool have three home games left and will want to lift the trophy at Anfield next month

The Liver Building, one of the city’s most iconic structures, was even filmed briefly being set alight after an individual appeared to target it with a firework, which led to the club and other authorities releasing a damning statement, describing the unsavoury incidents as ‘wholly unacceptable’. 

It read: ‘Throughout the last week, Liverpool Football Club, Merseyside Police, Liverpool City Council and Spirit of Shankly have worked together to consistently remind people that the region is still disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and ask people to celebrate LFC’s Premier League title win safely. 

‘Several thousand people turned up at the Pier Head on Friday, June 26 and some chose to ignore the social distancing guidance and risk public safety. 

‘Our city is still in a public health crisis and this behaviour is wholly unacceptable. 

‘The potential danger of a second peak of Covid-19 still exists and we need to work together to make sure we don’t undo everything that has been achieved as a region during lockdown. 

‘When it is safe to do so, we will all work together to arrange a victory parade when everyone can come together to celebrate.  

Hundreds of tonnes of rubbish had to be cleared after being dumped by fans in the city centre

Hundreds of tonnes of rubbish had to be cleared after being dumped by fans in the city centre

Bottles and cans were strewn across the city centre as workers were tasked with clearing them

Bottles and cans were strewn across the city centre as workers were tasked with clearing them

Liverpool fans began the 48-hour party after Chelsea defeated Manchester City on Thursday

Liverpool fans began the 48-hour party after Chelsea defeated Manchester City on Thursday

‘Until that time, the safety of our city and our people continues to be our number one priority.’

Merseyside Police chief constable Andy Cooke later confirmed that 15 people were arrested for ‘violent disorder’ during Friday night’s scenes.

His statement read: ‘Those who gathered last night have potentially increased the danger of a further rise in the pandemic. In addition, the actions of the minority were not only irresponsible, but also criminal.  

‘It is tarnishing the reputation of our city and Liverpool Football Club.

‘Last night children and families were present alongside others, and heavy handed police intervention was therefore not appropriate at the time.

‘Later on in the night, 15 people were arrested for violent disorder and my officers were subjected to a number of violent confrontations. This is not acceptable.’

The Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, urged people in response to leave the area and delivered the stark warning that the city had already lost ‘far too many people to the illness’.  

Mayor Joe Anderson blasted Liverpool fans as they partied on the streets for a second night

Mayor Joe Anderson blasted Liverpool fans as they partied on the streets for a second night

The masses had descended on Pier Head, but the night was marred with a number of injuries. 

Merseyside Police officers attempted to disperse the crowds across the night, but there were also further reports of violence and vandalism. 

A police helicopter was reportedly heard over the city centre around 2am as officers attempted to seize control of the situation, with ambulances also spotted at the waterfront to assist.

Officers were given the power to break up the large gatherings through a Dispersal Order, which was issued around the centre of the city.

The official figures concerning the state of the pandemic in Liverpool shows 544 registered coronavirus-related deaths up to June 12. 

There were 1,677 cases altogether up to June 25.

Liverpool's first top-flight title was confirmed on Thursday after Chelsea beat Manchester City

Liverpool’s first top-flight title was confirmed on Thursday after Chelsea beat Manchester City

On Thursday night, around 5,000 supporters ringed Anfield to celebrate before police sealed off nearby roads. 

A handful of police vans and uniformed officers were stationed around the stadium, and the fervent atmosphere was peaceful despite the lack of social distancing. 

Liverpool’s barren run of top-flight success was banished with Manchester City suffering defeat at Stamford Bridge, and Jurgen Klopp’s men were filmed enjoying themselves at a secret base after watching the game together.

The table toppers have suffered just one defeat all season on their path to glory, and the players revelled in their success before emerging the next morning bleary-eyed.

Liverpool ‘could be BANNED from playing at Anfield’ if fans don’t stop partying in the streets


Liverpool could be banned from playing their remaining home games at Anfield unless fans stop partying in the streets, according to reports.

The club joined Merseyside Police, the City Council and mayor Joe Anderson in condemning some of their own supporters’ behaviour after thousands flooded to Pier Head in the city centre to celebrate the team’s success – despite repeated warnings over the spread of the coronavirus.

And now according to The Sun, the club could have their stadium’s safety certificate revoked by the local Ground Safety Advisory Group if the wild celebrations continue.

Liverpool could be banned from playing at Anfield if fans don’t stop partying in the streets

Rowdy Liverpool fans took to the city centre to celebrate the club's Premier League title win

Rowdy Liverpool fans took to the city centre to celebrate the club’s Premier League title win

Liverpool have three more home games where they will host Aston Villa next Sunday, then Burnley before Chelsea on the penultimate weekend of the season.

The match against Chelsea is when the Premier League plan on presenting the trophy to Jurgen Klopp’s men.

However, recent events could force Jordan Henderson and Co to lift the trophy at a neutral venue should the celebrations in the city centre continue. 

It comes after jubilant fans took to the streets on Merseyside to celebrate Liverpool’s Premier League title win, which saw supporters gathering in the city centre and ignoring social-distancing rules, while mounds of rubbish were left once the crowds had dispersed.

Reports suggest Liverpool could face repercussions if fans don't adhere to social distancing

Reports suggest Liverpool could face repercussions if fans don’t adhere to social distancing

Liverpool have three home games left and will want to lift the trophy at Anfield next month

Liverpool have three home games left and will want to lift the trophy at Anfield next month

The Liver Building, one of the city’s most iconic structures, was even filmed briefly being set alight after an individual appeared to target it with a firework, which led to the club and other authorities releasing a damning statement, describing the unsavoury incidents as ‘wholly unacceptable’. 

It read: ‘Throughout the last week, Liverpool Football Club, Merseyside Police, Liverpool City Council and Spirit of Shankly have worked together to consistently remind people that the region is still disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and ask people to celebrate LFC’s Premier League title win safely. 

‘Several thousand people turned up at the Pier Head on Friday, June 26 and some chose to ignore the social distancing guidance and risk public safety. 

‘Our city is still in a public health crisis and this behaviour is wholly unacceptable. 

‘The potential danger of a second peak of Covid-19 still exists and we need to work together to make sure we don’t undo everything that has been achieved as a region during lockdown. 

‘When it is safe to do so, we will all work together to arrange a victory parade when everyone can come together to celebrate.  

Hundreds of tonnes of rubbish had to be cleared after being dumped by fans in the city centre

Hundreds of tonnes of rubbish had to be cleared after being dumped by fans in the city centre

Bottles and cans were strewn across the city centre as workers were tasked with clearing them

Bottles and cans were strewn across the city centre as workers were tasked with clearing them

Liverpool fans began the 48-hour party after Chelsea defeated Manchester City on Thursday

Liverpool fans began the 48-hour party after Chelsea defeated Manchester City on Thursday

‘Until that time, the safety of our city and our people continues to be our number one priority.’

Merseyside Police chief constable Andy Cooke later confirmed that 15 people were arrested for ‘violent disorder’ during Friday night’s scenes.

His statement read: ‘Those who gathered last night have potentially increased the danger of a further rise in the pandemic. In addition, the actions of the minority were not only irresponsible, but also criminal.  

‘It is tarnishing the reputation of our city and Liverpool Football Club.

‘Last night children and families were present alongside others, and heavy handed police intervention was therefore not appropriate at the time.

‘Later on in the night, 15 people were arrested for violent disorder and my officers were subjected to a number of violent confrontations. This is not acceptable.’

The Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, urged people in response to leave the area and delivered the stark warning that the city had already lost ‘far too many people to the illness’.  

Mayor Joe Anderson blasted Liverpool fans as they partied on the streets for a second night

Mayor Joe Anderson blasted Liverpool fans as they partied on the streets for a second night

The masses had descended on Pier Head, but the night was marred with a number of injuries. 

Merseyside Police officers attempted to disperse the crowds across the night, but there were also further reports of violence and vandalism. 

A police helicopter was reportedly heard over the city centre around 2am as officers attempted to seize control of the situation, with ambulances also spotted at the waterfront to assist.

Officers were given the power to break up the large gatherings through a Dispersal Order, which was issued around the centre of the city.

The official figures concerning the state of the pandemic in Liverpool shows 544 registered coronavirus-related deaths up to June 12. 

There were 1,677 cases altogether up to June 25.

Liverpool's first top-flight title was confirmed on Thursday after Chelsea beat Manchester City

Liverpool’s first top-flight title was confirmed on Thursday after Chelsea beat Manchester City

On Thursday night, around 5,000 supporters ringed Anfield to celebrate before police sealed off nearby roads. 

A handful of police vans and uniformed officers were stationed around the stadium, and the fervent atmosphere was peaceful despite the lack of social distancing. 

Liverpool’s barren run of top-flight success was banished with Manchester City suffering defeat at Stamford Bridge, and Jurgen Klopp’s men were filmed enjoying themselves at a secret base after watching the game together.

The table toppers have suffered just one defeat all season on their path to glory, and the players revelled in their success before emerging the next morning bleary-eyed.

Thousands of Liverpool fans party into the night at Anfield – ignoring social distancing


Merseyside Police sealed off roads near Anfield stadium last night as they tried to disperse thousands of Liverpool fans who gathered outside the ground to celebrate their team ending its 30-year wait to win the Premier League title.   

The Reds, who had to endure a three-month wait for glory amid the coronavirus pandemic, were crowned champions on Thursday after Manchester City failed to beat Chelsea. 

However, within an hour of the result, thousands of fans flocked to Anfield to let off flares, chant and celebrate the title win, while ignoring social distancing measures. 

Some 5,000 fans managed to surround the stadium before police sealed off roads leading to it, though they made no move to break up the party. 

A handful of police vans and uniformed officers waited near the ground – though the celebrations were peaceful despite a lack of social distancing. A police helicopter was also seen circling the ground. 

Manchester City’s defeat gave Liverpool a first title win since 1990, ending 30 years of hurt and near-misses after multiple second place finishes. 

Despite social distancing measures being in place across the city, fans still flocked to Anfield by foot and car to mark their side’s moment of glory. 

The roads were clogged outside the ground and some fans even climbed up the steps of the main stand. Reds supporters honked their horns and fireworks were set off as Chelsea’s victory over Manchester City was confirmed, with hundreds of fans partying outside the main stand.

Despite some wearing masks, the majority ignored social distancing rules as they waved flags and scarves and embraced while marking their Premier League triumph.

One fan was cheered as he walked with a can of beer and a Jurgen Klopp mask, some were in tears and others carried children as young as four on their shoulders.

More than 5,000 fans arrived in cars and on foot outside Anfield within an hour of Liverpool sealing the Premier League title

Incredible photos show thousands of Liverpool fans congregating outside Anfield to celebrate the club's title win on Thursday

Incredible photos show thousands of Liverpool fans congregating outside Anfield to celebrate the club’s title win on Thursday

Thousands of Liverpool fans gathered outside Anfield this evening to celebrate, ignoring social distancing rules as they let off flares and thronged together

Thousands of Liverpool fans gathered outside Anfield this evening to celebrate, ignoring social distancing rules as they let off flares and thronged together

Police officers are surrounded by thousands of celebrating Liverpool fans, though the huge crowd remained peaceful throughout

Police officers are surrounded by thousands of celebrating Liverpool fans, though the huge crowd remained peaceful throughout

Police officers arrive as Liverpool supporters celebrate outside of Anfield Stadium following their Premier League title victory

Police officers arrive as Liverpool supporters celebrate outside of Anfield Stadium following their Premier League title victory

Liverpool players mob centre back Virgil van Djik as they celebrate winning the Premier League tonight - the club's first title since 1990

Liverpool players mob centre back Virgil van Djik as they celebrate winning the Premier League tonight – the club’s first title since 1990

Flares were let off several times as people sang, drank and partied into the early hours to celebrate Liverpool's title victory

Flares were let off several times as people sang, drank and partied into the early hours to celebrate Liverpool’s title victory

Police officers blocked off roads heading to Liverpool's stadium after thousands of fans ignored social distancing guidelines to gather outside and celebrate

Police officers blocked off roads heading to Liverpool’s stadium after thousands of fans ignored social distancing guidelines to gather outside and celebrate

Liverpool were crowned Premier League champions without kicking a ball on Thursday as Chelsea's 2-1 win over Manchester City ended the Reds' 30-year wait to win the English title

Liverpool were crowned Premier League champions without kicking a ball on Thursday as Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Manchester City ended the Reds’ 30-year wait to win the English title

Fans celebrate at Anfield as Liverpool won the Premier League title after Chelsea beat Manchester City tonight ensuring Liverpool can no longer be overtaken on points

Fans celebrate at Anfield as Liverpool won the Premier League title after Chelsea beat Manchester City tonight ensuring Liverpool can no longer be overtaken on points

Thousands flocked to Anfield, ignoring social distancing guidelines and pleas from the police to disperse on Thursday evening

Thousands flocked to Anfield, ignoring social distancing guidelines and pleas from the police to disperse on Thursday evening

Liverpool supporters celebrate as they gather outside of Anfield following their title triumph - their first in 30 years after years of near misses

Liverpool supporters celebrate as they gather outside of Anfield following their title triumph – their first in 30 years after years of near misses

Supporters climbed the gates outside Anfield as they celebrated the historic title win last night, partying into the early hours

Supporters climbed the gates outside Anfield as they celebrated the historic title win last night, partying into the early hours

Fans of all ages gathered to celebrate the victory, ignoring social distancing measures and the pleas of police officers to disperse

Fans of all ages gathered to celebrate the victory, ignoring social distancing measures and the pleas of police officers to disperse

Thousands of fans gathered outside Anfield, prompting police to seal off roads leading to the stadium to try and disperse crowds

Thousands of fans gathered outside Anfield, prompting police to seal off roads leading to the stadium to try and disperse crowds

Despite some wearing masks, the majority ignored social distancing rules as they waved flags and scarves and embraced while marking their Premier League triumph

Despite some wearing masks, the majority ignored social distancing rules as they waved flags and scarves and embraced while marking their Premier League triumph

Liverpool, who narrowly missed out on the title to Manchester City last season, have been in stellar form all seasons, losing just one match on their path to glory

Liverpool, who narrowly missed out on the title to Manchester City last season, have been in stellar form all seasons, losing just one match on their path to glory

Liverpool fans celebrate wildly outside Anfield this evening after their team were crowned Premier League champions for the first time in 30 years

Liverpool fans celebrate wildly outside Anfield this evening after their team were crowned Premier League champions for the first time in 30 years

Sadio Mané smiled broadly and waved at a cluster of Liverpool fans as he was one of the first to drive away from the celebrations

Sadio Mané smiled broadly and waved at a cluster of Liverpool fans as he was one of the first to drive away from the celebrations

Liverpool fans let off fireworks outside Anfield after the team were crowned champions, with thousands of fans gathering to celebrate

Liverpool fans let off fireworks outside Anfield after the team were crowned champions, with thousands of fans gathering to celebrate

Liverpool have been crowned Premier League champions this evening after Manchester City lost 2-1 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

Liverpool have been crowned Premier League champions this evening after Manchester City lost 2-1 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

Liverpool fans celebrate on top of the gates outside Anfield this afternoon after their team were crowned champions tonight

Liverpool fans celebrate on top of the gates outside Anfield this afternoon after their team were crowned champions tonight

A police officer is surrounded by Liverpool fans outside Anfield, though the celebrations remained peaceful despite the lack of social distancing

A police officer is surrounded by Liverpool fans outside Anfield, though the celebrations remained peaceful despite the lack of social distancing

Liverpool fans celebrate outside Anfield stadium with the smoke from flares filling the area as thousands marked the title victory

Liverpool fans celebrate outside Anfield stadium with the smoke from flares filling the area as thousands marked the title victory

Outside the Kop end of the ground thousands more fans gathered, with some climbing on walls, bins and the roof of a merchandise stand

Outside the Kop end of the ground thousands more fans gathered, with some climbing on walls, bins and the roof of a merchandise stand

Liverpool fans were seen celebrating this evening outside St George's Hall which was lit up red to mark the occasion

Liverpool fans were seen celebrating this evening outside St George’s Hall which was lit up red to mark the occasion

The Premier League restarted earlier this month after pausing due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with games now played behind closed doors

The Premier League restarted earlier this month after pausing due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with games now played behind closed doors

Within an hour of the result, thousands of fans had gathered outside the stadium, lighting red flares and singing football songs

Within an hour of the result, thousands of fans had gathered outside the stadium, lighting red flares and singing football songs

Liverpool fans scale a gate outside Anfield as they celebrate tonight's historic title win, their first since the end of the 1989-1990 season

Liverpool fans scale a gate outside Anfield as they celebrate tonight’s historic title win, their first since the end of the 1989-1990 season

Delighted Liverpool fans gather outside Anfield this evening after their team's title win is confirmed following Manchester City's defeat

Delighted Liverpool fans gather outside Anfield this evening after their team’s title win is confirmed following Manchester City’s defeat

Flares were set off as fans thronged together to celebrate Liverpool's historic title win this evening, with thousands gathering outside Anfield

Flares were set off as fans thronged together to celebrate Liverpool’s historic title win this evening, with thousands gathering outside Anfield

Some fans climbed on top of the gates outside Anfield to soak up the adulation of the crowd as they celebrated the title success

Some fans climbed on top of the gates outside Anfield to soak up the adulation of the crowd as they celebrated the title success

Liverpool fans celebrate outside Anfield this evening after they were crowned champions following Manchester City's defeat to Chelsea

Liverpool fans celebrate outside Anfield this evening after they were crowned champions following Manchester City’s defeat to Chelsea

Liverpool players gathered in the 4-star Formby Hall Golf resort and spa to watch the moment they were crowned - while following social distancing guidelines

Liverpool players gathered in the 4-star Formby Hall Golf resort and spa to watch the moment they were crowned – while following social distancing guidelines

Man City's failure to win against Chelsea this evening mathematically handed the English league title to Liverpool this evening

Man City’s failure to win against Chelsea this evening mathematically handed the English league title to Liverpool this evening

Nearly 2,000 fans descended on Anfield within half an hour of the final whistle going at Stamford Bridge, crowning Liverpool champions

Nearly 2,000 fans descended on Anfield within half an hour of the final whistle going at Stamford Bridge, crowning Liverpool champions

Liverpool fans let off flares outside Anfield after finally being crowned Premier League champions after 30 years of hurt

Liverpool fans let off flares outside Anfield after finally being crowned Premier League champions after 30 years of hurt

The roads were clogged outside the ground and some fans even climbed up the steps of the main stand to celebrate

The roads were clogged outside the ground and some fans even climbed up the steps of the main stand to celebrate

Liverpool fans of all ages gathered outside Anfield to celebrate this evening, seemingly ignoring social distancing rules to do so

Liverpool fans of all ages gathered outside Anfield to celebrate this evening, seemingly ignoring social distancing rules to do so

Liverpool City Council told fans to 'have a great party' - but maintain social distancing as they celebrated

Liverpool City Council told fans to ‘have a great party’ – but maintain social distancing as they celebrated

One fan was cheered as he walked with a can of beer and a Jurgen Klopp mask, some were in tears and others carried children as young as four on their shoulders

One fan was cheered as he walked with a can of beer and a Jurgen Klopp mask, some were in tears and others carried children as young as four on their shoulders

A handful of police vans and uniformed officers waited near the ground - though the celebrations were peaceful despite a lack of social distancing

A handful of police vans and uniformed officers waited near the ground – though the celebrations were peaceful despite a lack of social distancing

Liverpool fans celebrate winning the Premier League by gathering outside Anfield this evening to cheer, chant and drink

Liverpool fans celebrate winning the Premier League by gathering outside Anfield this evening to cheer, chant and drink

Spirits were high and the party is sure to continue long into the night after Liverpool were crowned champions for the first time in 30 years

Spirits were high and the party is sure to continue long into the night after Liverpool were crowned champions for the first time in 30 years

Liverpool fans celebrate winning the Premier League outside Anfield with flares after Chelsea won their match against Manchester City

Liverpool fans celebrate winning the Premier League outside Anfield with flares after Chelsea won their match against Manchester City

Liverpool fans young and old celebrate tonight's success after the club were named champions following a 30-year wait

Liverpool fans young and old celebrate tonight’s success after the club were named champions following a 30-year wait

The Reds' victory was inevitable, considering their huge lead in the league, but was finally confirmed tonight after months of coronavirus delay

The Reds’ victory was inevitable, considering their huge lead in the league, but was finally confirmed tonight after months of coronavirus delay

Fan Alan Brown, 51, said: ‘This is amazing. I can’t believe how many fans are here but there’s no much social distancing going on. But everyone is happy and good natured.’

And the players also rejoiced, singing ‘championes’ for a full 10 minutes after the whistle had blown at Stamford Bridge. 

They could be heard shouting ‘Liverpool, Liverpool, Liverpool’, after gathering in the 4-star Formby Hall Golf resort and spa ahead of the match. 

Geoff Garner, 72, of Walton, Liverpool, was one of the first fans to arrive outside Anfield this evening. 

The grandfather-of-seven said: ‘It’s the best feeling in the world. I went to my first game when I was 14.

‘This means everything – I had to be here, it is magical. I did think we’d have won a few more by now but this is special. I’m overjoyed.’

His daughter Susan Williams, 42, said: ‘It’s special being here with my dad. He lives and breathes the club. We had Liverpool tops as toddlers.’

Liverpool fan Anthony Nesbitt, six, was outside Anfield with his father Anthony, mother Marilyn and six-month-old brother Georgie, as well as a cardboard cutout of Sadio Mane.

The family, who live nearby, had been in Stanley Park as the match was played.

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

Jackie Dyer, 40, had travelled from her home in Derby to be at the ground.

She said: ‘I had to come – I couldn’t have missed it. I had a feeling we’d do it.’

Standing by the fabled Kop, electrician Andy Chivers, 32, said: ‘This is going to be a wild night. It feels so great after we’ve waited so long.

‘It’s now extra special as i feared the season might be voided because of coronavirus.’ 

Mother-of-three Mary West, 47, said: ‘I went to my first game when I was four – the club is in my blood. I am so happy.’

Accountant Mike Ward, 40, said: ‘This is going to be the party to end all parties. I feel so happy.’

Liverpool fans celebrate outside a pub in Liverpool after they are crowned Premier League champions after Manchester City lost 2-1 against Chelsea

Liverpool fans celebrate outside a pub in Liverpool after they are crowned Premier League champions after Manchester City lost 2-1 against Chelsea

Fans embraced and mixed together ignoring social distancing guidelines as they celebrated their club's historic title victory

Fans embraced and mixed together ignoring social distancing guidelines as they celebrated their club’s historic title victory

Liverpool have been crowned champions of the Premier League for the first time in three decades after Chelsea FC beat Manchester City 2-1

Liverpool have been crowned champions of the Premier League for the first time in three decades after Chelsea FC beat Manchester City 2-1

Manager Jurgen Klopp and his players gathered at a four-star hotel to celebrate the victory and he spoke to BT Sport afterwards

Manager Jurgen Klopp and his players gathered at a four-star hotel to celebrate the victory and he spoke to BT Sport afterwards

An emotional Kenny Dalglish joins in the celebrations, raising a glass at the final whistle which crowned Liverpool champions

An emotional Kenny Dalglish joins in the celebrations, raising a glass at the final whistle which crowned Liverpool champions

Liverpool fans embrace as they celebrate outside a pub in Liverpool after they are crowned Premier League champions

Liverpool fans embrace as they celebrate outside a pub in Liverpool after they are crowned Premier League champions

Liverpool fans set off flares as they celebrate the title victory outside Anfield this evening, after 30 years of hurt and near misses

Liverpool fans set off flares as they celebrate the title victory outside Anfield this evening, after 30 years of hurt and near misses

Within half an hour of their crowning, nearly 2,000 Liverpool fans descended on Anfield to celebrate their historic victory

Within half an hour of their crowning, nearly 2,000 Liverpool fans descended on Anfield to celebrate their historic victory

The players also rejoiced, singing 'championes’ for a full 10 minutes after the whistle had blown at Stamford Bridge after gathering at a hotel

The players also rejoiced, singing ‘championes’ for a full 10 minutes after the whistle had blown at Stamford Bridge after gathering at a hotel

Liverpool FC supporters wave flags as they celebrate outside Anfield this evening following their team's crowning as Premier League champions

Liverpool FC supporters wave flags as they celebrate outside Anfield this evening following their team’s crowning as Premier League champions

Flares were let off and drinks were thrown into the air as the Livepool supporters marked their side's first title since 1990

Flares were let off and drinks were thrown into the air as the Livepool supporters marked their side’s first title since 1990

People of all ages gathered outside of Anfield this evening to celebrate Liverpool's title win after years of near-misses

People of all ages gathered outside of Anfield this evening to celebrate Liverpool’s title win after years of near-misses

The drinks are flowing on Merseyside tonight after Liverpool were crowned Premier League champions following Manchester City's defeat to Chelsea

The drinks are flowing on Merseyside tonight after Liverpool were crowned Premier League champions following Manchester City’s defeat to Chelsea

Liverpool fans celebrate outside a pub in Liverpool after they are crowned Premier League champions after Manchester City lost 2-1 against Chelsea

Liverpool fans celebrate outside a pub in Liverpool after they are crowned Premier League champions after Manchester City lost 2-1 against Chelsea

Liverpool fans young and old gather to celebrate this evening, with the party sure to go on long into the night

Liverpool fans young and old gather to celebrate this evening, with the party sure to go on long into the night

The celebrations are sure to go well into the night as the city marks its first league title since the end of the 1989-1990 season

The celebrations are sure to go well into the night as the city marks its first league title since the end of the 1989-1990 season

Liverpool fans celebrate winning the Premier League this evening, with fans gathering in face masks to mark their victory

Liverpool fans celebrate winning the Premier League this evening, with fans gathering in face masks to mark their victory 

Liverpool FC supporters celebrate outside Anfield stadium this evening after their team was crowned Premier League champions

Liverpool FC supporters celebrate outside Anfield stadium this evening after their team was crowned Premier League champions

Ecstatic Liverpool FC supporters celebrate next to Anfield stadium in Liverpool this evening, spraying champagne over each other

Ecstatic Liverpool FC supporters celebrate next to Anfield stadium in Liverpool this evening, spraying champagne over each other

Reds supporters honked their horns and fireworks were set off as Chelsea beat Manchester City 2-1 to crown Liverpool

Reds supporters honked their horns and fireworks were set off as Chelsea beat Manchester City 2-1 to crown Liverpool

Many wore masks as they waved flags and scarves celebrating the first Premier League triumph since 1990 this evening

Many wore masks as they waved flags and scarves celebrating the first Premier League triumph since 1990 this evening

Liverpool fans let off flares outside Anfield and chant in joy as they mark their side's historic victory after a 30-year wait

Liverpool fans let off flares outside Anfield and chant in joy as they mark their side’s historic victory after a 30-year wait

Manchester City needed to win tonight against Chelsea to keep the title race alive - bu they slipped to a 2-1 defeat

Manchester City needed to win tonight against Chelsea to keep the title race alive – bu they slipped to a 2-1 defeat 

There were fears that the coronavirus pandemic could cause the season to be cancelled, though football was eventually allowed to resume

There were fears that the coronavirus pandemic could cause the season to be cancelled, though football was eventually allowed to resume

The players celebrated the title triumph at the four-star hotel this evening. 

Each player were asked to drive themselves in their own cars. Defender Andy Robertson arrived in his yellow Lamborghini.

The players sang ‘Champions’ as the final whistle went.

One source said: ‘The players were outside on the green and had a bbq. There was a large TV screen where they watched the match.

‘Golfers could hear them singing, and you could even hear the singing from the road outside the resort.

‘It is a great night for Liverpool. They are great fans of waited so long for this moment. It’s just a shame that they can’t enjoy it together in the central Liverpool. What a party that would’ve been.’

Sadio Mané smiled broadly and waved at a cluster of Liverpool fans as he was one of the first to drive away from the celebrations.

Word soon got round of where the Premier League champions were partying and an hour after the final whistle around 25 fans gathered at the gates.

They cheered when a fan appeared from a car waving a replica Premier League trophy.

Liverpool fans celebrate outside a pub in Liverpool after they are crowned Premier League champions this evening

Liverpool fans celebrate outside a pub in Liverpool after they are crowned Premier League champions this evening

The party is sure to continue long into the night as Liverpool were named champions on the hottest day of the year so far

The party is sure to continue long into the night as Liverpool were named champions on the hottest day of the year so far

Liverpool supporters celebrate outside Anfield Stadium this evening after they are crowned Premier League champions for the first time in 30 years

Liverpool supporters celebrate outside Anfield Stadium this evening after they are crowned Premier League champions for the first time in 30 years

Though the title had been destined to head to Merseyside because of Liverpool's huge lead, there were fears the coronavirus pandemic would cause the season to be cancelled

Though the title had been destined to head to Merseyside because of Liverpool’s huge lead, there were fears the coronavirus pandemic would cause the season to be cancelled

iverpool have been crowned champions of the Premier League for the first time in three decades after Chelsea FC beat Manchester City

iverpool have been crowned champions of the Premier League for the first time in three decades after Chelsea FC beat Manchester City

Man City's failure to win against Chelsea this evening mathematically handed the English top league title to Liverpool

Man City’s failure to win against Chelsea this evening mathematically handed the English top league title to Liverpool

Ecstatic Liverpool FC supporters light flares as they celebrate outside Anfield stadium this evening following their title win

Ecstatic Liverpool FC supporters light flares as they celebrate outside Anfield stadium this evening following their title win

Liverpool supporters celebrate outside Anfield Stadium in Liverpool this evening as their team are crowned premier league champions

Liverpool supporters celebrate outside Anfield Stadium in Liverpool this evening as their team are crowned premier league champions

Liverpool fan Kyle Williams celebrates whilst watching the Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester City at his home in Liverpool

Liverpool fan Kyle Williams celebrates whilst watching the Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester City at his home in Liverpool

Kyle Williams celebrates during Manchester City's defeat, which means that Liverpool have now been crowned champions for the first time since 1990

Kyle Williams celebrates during Manchester City’s defeat, which means that Liverpool have now been crowned champions for the first time since 1990

Liverpool fans watch the Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester City on their phone outside Anfield

Liverpool fans watch the Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester City on their phone outside Anfield

Manchester City needed to beat Chelsea this evening to ensure that the title wouldn't go to Merseyside tonight. They failed to do so

Manchester City needed to beat Chelsea this evening to ensure that the title wouldn’t go to Merseyside tonight. They failed to do so

Liverpool fan Emily Farley celebrates after Chelsea take the lead against Manchester City as she watches the match on TV at home

Liverpool fan Emily Farley celebrates after Chelsea take the lead against Manchester City as she watches the match on TV at home

Scores of fans gathered outside Anfield to celebrate while others stuck to their homes, dressed in their Liverpool kits

Scores of fans gathered outside Anfield to celebrate while others stuck to their homes, dressed in their Liverpool kits

Liverpool supporter Emily Farley watches the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Manchester City FC on a television screen inside her home in Liverpool

Liverpool supporter Emily Farley watches the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Manchester City FC on a television screen inside her home in Liverpool

A young boy in a Mohammed Salah shirt looks at a house heavily decorated in flags and cardboard cut-outs of the players

A young boy in a Mohammed Salah shirt looks at a house heavily decorated in flags and cardboard cut-outs of the players

Tonight’s result leaves Jurgen Klopp’s men 23 points ahead of Pep Guardiola’s side with just 21 left to play for.  

It is confirmation of what has been apparent for a long time, given Liverpool’s dominance during the campaign, of which there was further evidence on Wednesday evening when they thrashed Crystal Palace 4-0.  

Liverpool, who narrowly missed out on the title to Manchester City last season, have been in stellar form all seasons, losing just one match on their path to glory. 

Though the title had been destined to head to Merseyside because of Liverpool’s huge lead, there were fears the coronavirus pandemic would cause the season to be cancelled, potentially breaking the hearts of fans. 

But the government allowed the Premier League to restart, paving the way to tonight’s crowning.

Thousands of Liverpool fans party into the night at Anfield – ignoring social distancing


Merseyside Police sealed off roads near Anfield stadium last night as they tried to disperse thousands of Liverpool fans who gathered outside the ground to celebrate their team ending its 30-year wait to win the Premier League title.   

The Reds, who had to endure a three-month wait for glory amid the coronavirus pandemic, were crowned champions on Thursday after Manchester City failed to beat Chelsea. 

However, within an hour of the result, thousands of fans flocked to Anfield to let off flares, chant and celebrate the title win, while ignoring social distancing measures. 

Some 5,000 fans managed to surround the stadium before police sealed off roads leading to it, though they made no move to break up the party. 

A handful of police vans and uniformed officers waited near the ground – though the celebrations were peaceful despite a lack of social distancing. A police helicopter was also seen circling the ground. 

Manchester City’s defeat gave Liverpool a first title win since 1990, ending 30 years of hurt and near-misses after multiple second place finishes. 

Despite social distancing measures being in place across the city, fans still flocked to Anfield by foot and car to mark their side’s moment of glory. 

The roads were clogged outside the ground and some fans even climbed up the steps of the main stand. Reds supporters honked their horns and fireworks were set off as Chelsea’s victory over Manchester City was confirmed, with hundreds of fans partying outside the main stand.

Despite some wearing masks, the majority ignored social distancing rules as they waved flags and scarves and embraced while marking their Premier League triumph.

One fan was cheered as he walked with a can of beer and a Jurgen Klopp mask, some were in tears and others carried children as young as four on their shoulders.

More than 5,000 fans arrived in cars and on foot outside Anfield within an hour of Liverpool sealing the Premier League title

Incredible photos show thousands of Liverpool fans congregating outside Anfield to celebrate the club's title win on Thursday

Incredible photos show thousands of Liverpool fans congregating outside Anfield to celebrate the club’s title win on Thursday

Thousands of Liverpool fans gathered outside Anfield this evening to celebrate, ignoring social distancing rules as they let off flares and thronged together

Thousands of Liverpool fans gathered outside Anfield this evening to celebrate, ignoring social distancing rules as they let off flares and thronged together

Police officers are surrounded by thousands of celebrating Liverpool fans, though the huge crowd remained peaceful throughout

Police officers are surrounded by thousands of celebrating Liverpool fans, though the huge crowd remained peaceful throughout

Police officers arrive as Liverpool supporters celebrate outside of Anfield Stadium following their Premier League title victory

Police officers arrive as Liverpool supporters celebrate outside of Anfield Stadium following their Premier League title victory

Liverpool players mob centre back Virgil van Djik as they celebrate winning the Premier League tonight - the club's first title since 1990

Liverpool players mob centre back Virgil van Djik as they celebrate winning the Premier League tonight – the club’s first title since 1990

Flares were let off several times as people sang, drank and partied into the early hours to celebrate Liverpool's title victory

Flares were let off several times as people sang, drank and partied into the early hours to celebrate Liverpool’s title victory

Police officers blocked off roads heading to Liverpool's stadium after thousands of fans ignored social distancing guidelines to gather outside and celebrate

Police officers blocked off roads heading to Liverpool’s stadium after thousands of fans ignored social distancing guidelines to gather outside and celebrate

Liverpool were crowned Premier League champions without kicking a ball on Thursday as Chelsea's 2-1 win over Manchester City ended the Reds' 30-year wait to win the English title

Liverpool were crowned Premier League champions without kicking a ball on Thursday as Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Manchester City ended the Reds’ 30-year wait to win the English title

Fans celebrate at Anfield as Liverpool won the Premier League title after Chelsea beat Manchester City tonight ensuring Liverpool can no longer be overtaken on points

Fans celebrate at Anfield as Liverpool won the Premier League title after Chelsea beat Manchester City tonight ensuring Liverpool can no longer be overtaken on points

Thousands flocked to Anfield, ignoring social distancing guidelines and pleas from the police to disperse on Thursday evening

Thousands flocked to Anfield, ignoring social distancing guidelines and pleas from the police to disperse on Thursday evening

Liverpool supporters celebrate as they gather outside of Anfield following their title triumph - their first in 30 years after years of near misses

Liverpool supporters celebrate as they gather outside of Anfield following their title triumph – their first in 30 years after years of near misses

Supporters climbed the gates outside Anfield as they celebrated the historic title win last night, partying into the early hours

Supporters climbed the gates outside Anfield as they celebrated the historic title win last night, partying into the early hours

Fans of all ages gathered to celebrate the victory, ignoring social distancing measures and the pleas of police officers to disperse

Fans of all ages gathered to celebrate the victory, ignoring social distancing measures and the pleas of police officers to disperse

Thousands of fans gathered outside Anfield, prompting police to seal off roads leading to the stadium to try and disperse crowds

Thousands of fans gathered outside Anfield, prompting police to seal off roads leading to the stadium to try and disperse crowds

Despite some wearing masks, the majority ignored social distancing rules as they waved flags and scarves and embraced while marking their Premier League triumph

Despite some wearing masks, the majority ignored social distancing rules as they waved flags and scarves and embraced while marking their Premier League triumph

Liverpool, who narrowly missed out on the title to Manchester City last season, have been in stellar form all seasons, losing just one match on their path to glory

Liverpool, who narrowly missed out on the title to Manchester City last season, have been in stellar form all seasons, losing just one match on their path to glory

Liverpool fans celebrate wildly outside Anfield this evening after their team were crowned Premier League champions for the first time in 30 years

Liverpool fans celebrate wildly outside Anfield this evening after their team were crowned Premier League champions for the first time in 30 years

Sadio Mané smiled broadly and waved at a cluster of Liverpool fans as he was one of the first to drive away from the celebrations

Sadio Mané smiled broadly and waved at a cluster of Liverpool fans as he was one of the first to drive away from the celebrations

Liverpool fans let off fireworks outside Anfield after the team were crowned champions, with thousands of fans gathering to celebrate

Liverpool fans let off fireworks outside Anfield after the team were crowned champions, with thousands of fans gathering to celebrate

Liverpool have been crowned Premier League champions this evening after Manchester City lost 2-1 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

Liverpool have been crowned Premier League champions this evening after Manchester City lost 2-1 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

Liverpool fans celebrate on top of the gates outside Anfield this afternoon after their team were crowned champions tonight

Liverpool fans celebrate on top of the gates outside Anfield this afternoon after their team were crowned champions tonight

A police officer is surrounded by Liverpool fans outside Anfield, though the celebrations remained peaceful despite the lack of social distancing

A police officer is surrounded by Liverpool fans outside Anfield, though the celebrations remained peaceful despite the lack of social distancing

Liverpool fans celebrate outside Anfield stadium with the smoke from flares filling the area as thousands marked the title victory

Liverpool fans celebrate outside Anfield stadium with the smoke from flares filling the area as thousands marked the title victory

Outside the Kop end of the ground thousands more fans gathered, with some climbing on walls, bins and the roof of a merchandise stand

Outside the Kop end of the ground thousands more fans gathered, with some climbing on walls, bins and the roof of a merchandise stand

Liverpool fans were seen celebrating this evening outside St George's Hall which was lit up red to mark the occasion

Liverpool fans were seen celebrating this evening outside St George’s Hall which was lit up red to mark the occasion

The Premier League restarted earlier this month after pausing due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with games now played behind closed doors

The Premier League restarted earlier this month after pausing due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with games now played behind closed doors

Within an hour of the result, thousands of fans had gathered outside the stadium, lighting red flares and singing football songs

Within an hour of the result, thousands of fans had gathered outside the stadium, lighting red flares and singing football songs

Liverpool fans scale a gate outside Anfield as they celebrate tonight's historic title win, their first since the end of the 1989-1990 season

Liverpool fans scale a gate outside Anfield as they celebrate tonight’s historic title win, their first since the end of the 1989-1990 season

Delighted Liverpool fans gather outside Anfield this evening after their team's title win is confirmed following Manchester City's defeat

Delighted Liverpool fans gather outside Anfield this evening after their team’s title win is confirmed following Manchester City’s defeat

Flares were set off as fans thronged together to celebrate Liverpool's historic title win this evening, with thousands gathering outside Anfield

Flares were set off as fans thronged together to celebrate Liverpool’s historic title win this evening, with thousands gathering outside Anfield

Some fans climbed on top of the gates outside Anfield to soak up the adulation of the crowd as they celebrated the title success

Some fans climbed on top of the gates outside Anfield to soak up the adulation of the crowd as they celebrated the title success

Liverpool fans celebrate outside Anfield this evening after they were crowned champions following Manchester City's defeat to Chelsea

Liverpool fans celebrate outside Anfield this evening after they were crowned champions following Manchester City’s defeat to Chelsea

Liverpool players gathered in the 4-star Formby Hall Golf resort and spa to watch the moment they were crowned - while following social distancing guidelines

Liverpool players gathered in the 4-star Formby Hall Golf resort and spa to watch the moment they were crowned – while following social distancing guidelines

Man City's failure to win against Chelsea this evening mathematically handed the English league title to Liverpool this evening

Man City’s failure to win against Chelsea this evening mathematically handed the English league title to Liverpool this evening

Nearly 2,000 fans descended on Anfield within half an hour of the final whistle going at Stamford Bridge, crowning Liverpool champions

Nearly 2,000 fans descended on Anfield within half an hour of the final whistle going at Stamford Bridge, crowning Liverpool champions

Liverpool fans let off flares outside Anfield after finally being crowned Premier League champions after 30 years of hurt

Liverpool fans let off flares outside Anfield after finally being crowned Premier League champions after 30 years of hurt

The roads were clogged outside the ground and some fans even climbed up the steps of the main stand to celebrate

The roads were clogged outside the ground and some fans even climbed up the steps of the main stand to celebrate

Liverpool fans of all ages gathered outside Anfield to celebrate this evening, seemingly ignoring social distancing rules to do so

Liverpool fans of all ages gathered outside Anfield to celebrate this evening, seemingly ignoring social distancing rules to do so

Liverpool City Council told fans to 'have a great party' - but maintain social distancing as they celebrated

Liverpool City Council told fans to ‘have a great party’ – but maintain social distancing as they celebrated

One fan was cheered as he walked with a can of beer and a Jurgen Klopp mask, some were in tears and others carried children as young as four on their shoulders

One fan was cheered as he walked with a can of beer and a Jurgen Klopp mask, some were in tears and others carried children as young as four on their shoulders

A handful of police vans and uniformed officers waited near the ground - though the celebrations were peaceful despite a lack of social distancing

A handful of police vans and uniformed officers waited near the ground – though the celebrations were peaceful despite a lack of social distancing

Liverpool fans celebrate winning the Premier League by gathering outside Anfield this evening to cheer, chant and drink

Liverpool fans celebrate winning the Premier League by gathering outside Anfield this evening to cheer, chant and drink

Spirits were high and the party is sure to continue long into the night after Liverpool were crowned champions for the first time in 30 years

Spirits were high and the party is sure to continue long into the night after Liverpool were crowned champions for the first time in 30 years

Liverpool fans celebrate winning the Premier League outside Anfield with flares after Chelsea won their match against Manchester City

Liverpool fans celebrate winning the Premier League outside Anfield with flares after Chelsea won their match against Manchester City

Liverpool fans young and old celebrate tonight's success after the club were named champions following a 30-year wait

Liverpool fans young and old celebrate tonight’s success after the club were named champions following a 30-year wait

The Reds' victory was inevitable, considering their huge lead in the league, but was finally confirmed tonight after months of coronavirus delay

The Reds’ victory was inevitable, considering their huge lead in the league, but was finally confirmed tonight after months of coronavirus delay

Fan Alan Brown, 51, said: ‘This is amazing. I can’t believe how many fans are here but there’s no much social distancing going on. But everyone is happy and good natured.’

And the players also rejoiced, singing ‘championes’ for a full 10 minutes after the whistle had blown at Stamford Bridge. 

They could be heard shouting ‘Liverpool, Liverpool, Liverpool’, after gathering in the 4-star Formby Hall Golf resort and spa ahead of the match. 

Geoff Garner, 72, of Walton, Liverpool, was one of the first fans to arrive outside Anfield this evening. 

The grandfather-of-seven said: ‘It’s the best feeling in the world. I went to my first game when I was 14.

‘This means everything – I had to be here, it is magical. I did think we’d have won a few more by now but this is special. I’m overjoyed.’

His daughter Susan Williams, 42, said: ‘It’s special being here with my dad. He lives and breathes the club. We had Liverpool tops as toddlers.’

Liverpool fan Anthony Nesbitt, six, was outside Anfield with his father Anthony, mother Marilyn and six-month-old brother Georgie, as well as a cardboard cutout of Sadio Mane.

The family, who live nearby, had been in Stanley Park as the match was played.

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

Jackie Dyer, 40, had travelled from her home in Derby to be at the ground.

She said: ‘I had to come – I couldn’t have missed it. I had a feeling we’d do it.’

Standing by the fabled Kop, electrician Andy Chivers, 32, said: ‘This is going to be a wild night. It feels so great after we’ve waited so long.

‘It’s now extra special as i feared the season might be voided because of coronavirus.’ 

Mother-of-three Mary West, 47, said: ‘I went to my first game when I was four – the club is in my blood. I am so happy.’

Accountant Mike Ward, 40, said: ‘This is going to be the party to end all parties. I feel so happy.’

Liverpool fans celebrate outside a pub in Liverpool after they are crowned Premier League champions after Manchester City lost 2-1 against Chelsea

Liverpool fans celebrate outside a pub in Liverpool after they are crowned Premier League champions after Manchester City lost 2-1 against Chelsea

Fans embraced and mixed together ignoring social distancing guidelines as they celebrated their club's historic title victory

Fans embraced and mixed together ignoring social distancing guidelines as they celebrated their club’s historic title victory

Liverpool have been crowned champions of the Premier League for the first time in three decades after Chelsea FC beat Manchester City 2-1

Liverpool have been crowned champions of the Premier League for the first time in three decades after Chelsea FC beat Manchester City 2-1

Manager Jurgen Klopp and his players gathered at a four-star hotel to celebrate the victory and he spoke to BT Sport afterwards

Manager Jurgen Klopp and his players gathered at a four-star hotel to celebrate the victory and he spoke to BT Sport afterwards

An emotional Kenny Dalglish joins in the celebrations, raising a glass at the final whistle which crowned Liverpool champions

An emotional Kenny Dalglish joins in the celebrations, raising a glass at the final whistle which crowned Liverpool champions

Liverpool fans embrace as they celebrate outside a pub in Liverpool after they are crowned Premier League champions

Liverpool fans embrace as they celebrate outside a pub in Liverpool after they are crowned Premier League champions

Liverpool fans set off flares as they celebrate the title victory outside Anfield this evening, after 30 years of hurt and near misses

Liverpool fans set off flares as they celebrate the title victory outside Anfield this evening, after 30 years of hurt and near misses

Within half an hour of their crowning, nearly 2,000 Liverpool fans descended on Anfield to celebrate their historic victory

Within half an hour of their crowning, nearly 2,000 Liverpool fans descended on Anfield to celebrate their historic victory

The players also rejoiced, singing 'championes¿ for a full 10 minutes after the whistle had blown at Stamford Bridge after gathering at a hotel

The players also rejoiced, singing ‘championes’ for a full 10 minutes after the whistle had blown at Stamford Bridge after gathering at a hotel

Liverpool FC supporters wave flags as they celebrate outside Anfield this evening following their team's crowning as Premier League champions

Liverpool FC supporters wave flags as they celebrate outside Anfield this evening following their team’s crowning as Premier League champions

Flares were let off and drinks were thrown into the air as the Livepool supporters marked their side's first title since 1990

Flares were let off and drinks were thrown into the air as the Livepool supporters marked their side’s first title since 1990

People of all ages gathered outside of Anfield this evening to celebrate Liverpool's title win after years of near-misses

People of all ages gathered outside of Anfield this evening to celebrate Liverpool’s title win after years of near-misses

The drinks are flowing on Merseyside tonight after Liverpool were crowned Premier League champions following Manchester City's defeat to Chelsea

The drinks are flowing on Merseyside tonight after Liverpool were crowned Premier League champions following Manchester City’s defeat to Chelsea

Liverpool fans celebrate outside a pub in Liverpool after they are crowned Premier League champions after Manchester City lost 2-1 against Chelsea

Liverpool fans celebrate outside a pub in Liverpool after they are crowned Premier League champions after Manchester City lost 2-1 against Chelsea

Liverpool fans young and old gather to celebrate this evening, with the party sure to go on long into the night

Liverpool fans young and old gather to celebrate this evening, with the party sure to go on long into the night

The celebrations are sure to go well into the night as the city marks its first league title since the end of the 1989-1990 season

The celebrations are sure to go well into the night as the city marks its first league title since the end of the 1989-1990 season

Liverpool fans celebrate winning the Premier League this evening, with fans gathering in face masks to mark their victory

Liverpool fans celebrate winning the Premier League this evening, with fans gathering in face masks to mark their victory 

Liverpool FC supporters celebrate outside Anfield stadium this evening after their team was crowned Premier League champions

Liverpool FC supporters celebrate outside Anfield stadium this evening after their team was crowned Premier League champions

Ecstatic Liverpool FC supporters celebrate next to Anfield stadium in Liverpool this evening, spraying champagne over each other

Ecstatic Liverpool FC supporters celebrate next to Anfield stadium in Liverpool this evening, spraying champagne over each other

Reds supporters honked their horns and fireworks were set off as Chelsea beat Manchester City 2-1 to crown Liverpool

Reds supporters honked their horns and fireworks were set off as Chelsea beat Manchester City 2-1 to crown Liverpool

Many wore masks as they waved flags and scarves celebrating the first Premier League triumph since 1990 this evening

Many wore masks as they waved flags and scarves celebrating the first Premier League triumph since 1990 this evening

Liverpool fans let off flares outside Anfield and chant in joy as they mark their side's historic victory after a 30-year wait

Liverpool fans let off flares outside Anfield and chant in joy as they mark their side’s historic victory after a 30-year wait

Manchester City needed to win tonight against Chelsea to keep the title race alive - bu they slipped to a 2-1 defeat

Manchester City needed to win tonight against Chelsea to keep the title race alive – bu they slipped to a 2-1 defeat 

There were fears that the coronavirus pandemic could cause the season to be cancelled, though football was eventually allowed to resume

There were fears that the coronavirus pandemic could cause the season to be cancelled, though football was eventually allowed to resume

The players celebrated the title triumph at the four-star hotel this evening. 

Each player were asked to drive themselves in their own cars. Defender Andy Robertson arrived in his yellow Lamborghini.

The players sang ‘Champions’ as the final whistle went.

One source said: ‘The players were outside on the green and had a bbq. There was a large TV screen where they watched the match.

‘Golfers could hear them singing, and you could even hear the singing from the road outside the resort.

‘It is a great night for Liverpool. They are great fans of waited so long for this moment. It’s just a shame that they can’t enjoy it together in the central Liverpool. What a party that would’ve been.’

Sadio Mané smiled broadly and waved at a cluster of Liverpool fans as he was one of the first to drive away from the celebrations.

Word soon got round of where the Premier League champions were partying and an hour after the final whistle around 25 fans gathered at the gates.

They cheered when a fan appeared from a car waving a replica Premier League trophy.

Liverpool fans celebrate outside a pub in Liverpool after they are crowned Premier League champions this evening

Liverpool fans celebrate outside a pub in Liverpool after they are crowned Premier League champions this evening

The party is sure to continue long into the night as Liverpool were named champions on the hottest day of the year so far

The party is sure to continue long into the night as Liverpool were named champions on the hottest day of the year so far

Liverpool supporters celebrate outside Anfield Stadium this evening after they are crowned Premier League champions for the first time in 30 years

Liverpool supporters celebrate outside Anfield Stadium this evening after they are crowned Premier League champions for the first time in 30 years

Though the title had been destined to head to Merseyside because of Liverpool's huge lead, there were fears the coronavirus pandemic would cause the season to be cancelled

Though the title had been destined to head to Merseyside because of Liverpool’s huge lead, there were fears the coronavirus pandemic would cause the season to be cancelled

iverpool have been crowned champions of the Premier League for the first time in three decades after Chelsea FC beat Manchester City

iverpool have been crowned champions of the Premier League for the first time in three decades after Chelsea FC beat Manchester City

Man City's failure to win against Chelsea this evening mathematically handed the English top league title to Liverpool

Man City’s failure to win against Chelsea this evening mathematically handed the English top league title to Liverpool

Ecstatic Liverpool FC supporters light flares as they celebrate outside Anfield stadium this evening following their title win

Ecstatic Liverpool FC supporters light flares as they celebrate outside Anfield stadium this evening following their title win

Liverpool supporters celebrate outside Anfield Stadium in Liverpool this evening as their team are crowned premier league champions

Liverpool supporters celebrate outside Anfield Stadium in Liverpool this evening as their team are crowned premier league champions

Liverpool fan Kyle Williams celebrates whilst watching the Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester City at his home in Liverpool

Liverpool fan Kyle Williams celebrates whilst watching the Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester City at his home in Liverpool

Kyle Williams celebrates during Manchester City's defeat, which means that Liverpool have now been crowned champions for the first time since 1990

Kyle Williams celebrates during Manchester City’s defeat, which means that Liverpool have now been crowned champions for the first time since 1990

Liverpool fans watch the Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester City on their phone outside Anfield

Liverpool fans watch the Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester City on their phone outside Anfield

Manchester City needed to beat Chelsea this evening to ensure that the title wouldn't go to Merseyside tonight. They failed to do so

Manchester City needed to beat Chelsea this evening to ensure that the title wouldn’t go to Merseyside tonight. They failed to do so

Liverpool fan Emily Farley celebrates after Chelsea take the lead against Manchester City as she watches the match on TV at home

Liverpool fan Emily Farley celebrates after Chelsea take the lead against Manchester City as she watches the match on TV at home

Scores of fans gathered outside Anfield to celebrate while others stuck to their homes, dressed in their Liverpool kits

Scores of fans gathered outside Anfield to celebrate while others stuck to their homes, dressed in their Liverpool kits

Liverpool supporter Emily Farley watches the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Manchester City FC on a television screen inside her home in Liverpool

Liverpool supporter Emily Farley watches the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Manchester City FC on a television screen inside her home in Liverpool

A young boy in a Mohammed Salah shirt looks at a house heavily decorated in flags and cardboard cut-outs of the players

A young boy in a Mohammed Salah shirt looks at a house heavily decorated in flags and cardboard cut-outs of the players

Tonight’s result leaves Jurgen Klopp’s men 23 points ahead of Pep Guardiola’s side with just 21 left to play for.  

It is confirmation of what has been apparent for a long time, given Liverpool’s dominance during the campaign, of which there was further evidence on Wednesday evening when they thrashed Crystal Palace 4-0.  

Liverpool, who narrowly missed out on the title to Manchester City last season, have been in stellar form all seasons, losing just one match on their path to glory. 

Though the title had been destined to head to Merseyside because of Liverpool’s huge lead, there were fears the coronavirus pandemic would cause the season to be cancelled, potentially breaking the hearts of fans. 

But the government allowed the Premier League to restart, paving the way to tonight’s crowning.

Liverpool’s squad win the Premier League title after Man City lose to Chelsea – and celebrate wildly


Virgil van Dijk led Liverpool’s jubilant celebrations after they finally ended their 30-year league title wait on Thursday night. 

Gathering together at a hotel, Jurgen Klopp’s men watched an outdoor screen as Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over Manchester City at Stamford Bridge confirmed their position as champions in an outstanding campaign which has seen them drop just seven points all season. 

Klopp was clearly emotional as he appeared on television afterwards – while his players were in the mood to party as they mobbed Van Dijk during his interview on BT Sport. Then it was on to a championship celebration with the players’ wives at ‘the home of the champions’. 

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson was coy when quizzed on where players celebrating, keen to preserve the secret nature of their hideout for fears ‘thousands of fans would turn up’ to join them. 

The Liverpool midfielder clenched his bicep in celebration with players watching the Man City match together at a hotel in Merseyside

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain recorded the moments at the final whistle when Liverpool’s first league title in 30 years was confirmed as players watched together at a Merseyside hotel

Mohamed Salah (middle, front) shared a group photo with Dejan Lovren (left), Roberto Firmino, Alisson Becker and Fabinho (right) as the players partied into the early hours of Friday morning

Mohamed Salah (middle, front) shared a group photo with Dejan Lovren (left), Roberto Firmino, Alisson Becker and Fabinho (right) as the players partied into the early hours of Friday morning

Salah shared a very short video on his Instagram story as he bopped along to some music

The Egyptian was alongside Lovren as the defender enjoyed a beer while sat at a table to toast the title

Salah shared a very short video on his Instagram story as he bopped along to some music

Virgil van Dijk was giving an interview once the title was confirmed but he was soon mobbed

Virgil van Dijk was giving an interview once the title was confirmed but he was soon mobbed

Players chanted 'champeones' as the Dutchman was piled on by team-mates in celebration

Players chanted ‘champeones’ as the Dutchman was piled on by team-mates in celebration

Van Dijk (right) marked the moment of the title celebrations with a selfie alongside captain Jordan Henderson (far left) and fellow centre back partner Joe Gomez (middle)

Van Dijk (right) marked the moment of the title celebrations with a selfie alongside captain Jordan Henderson (far left) and fellow centre back partner Joe Gomez (middle) 

Jurgen Klopp could barely hide the tears as he reflected on what is an historic season

Jurgen Klopp could barely hide the tears as he reflected on what is an historic season

Divock Origi gave a nod to the celebrations by showing off the drinks available to players

Divock Origi gave a nod to the celebrations by showing off the drinks available to players

Players did a drum-roll for the final seconds of the match at Stamford Bridge as they sat together as a group in an outdoor seating area at the hotel.

Defender Andy Robertson, goalkeeper Alisson and playmaker Roberto Firmino were among those bursting into song in club colours as the squad shared their joy.

Robertson revealed that the players were hoping boss Jurgen Klopp would give them a rest after the party, telling the BBC: ‘We’re still trying to convince the boss downstairs to give us a few days off!

‘Give him a couple more beers and I think we’ll get two days off.’

Tearful manager Klopp had to cut an interview short as he admitted: ‘I have no real words. I never would have thought I would feel like this.  

‘It is easy for me to motivate the team because of our great history. This is for you [fans] out there. I hope you stay at home. Celebrate at the front of your house.’ 

An emotional Klopp admitted he is 'completely overwhelmed' after Liverpool's title win

An emotional Klopp admitted he is ‘completely overwhelmed’ after Liverpool’s title win

Klopp was speaking to Sir Kenny Dalglish (right), who secured Liverpool's last league title

Klopp was speaking to Sir Kenny Dalglish (right), who secured Liverpool’s last league title

Liverpool fans celebrate after seeing their side win the Premier League on Thursday night

Liverpool fans celebrate after seeing their side win the Premier League on Thursday night

‘I have no words. It’s unbelievable. Becoming champions with this club is incredible.’

Captain Jordan Henderson praised Klopp for revolutionising the club, saying: ‘It wouldn’t be possible to do it without the manager. 

‘From day one he changed everything. We all followed him.

‘What you see is what you get, with his press conferences and on the sidelines.

‘Obviously he has got more of a personal side with the players, but he has got a balance of having a relationship with the players and being a friend but also being a bit ruthless when he needs to be.

Anfield was submerged by red smoke as fans marked a momentous day for the city and club

Anfield was submerged by red smoke as fans marked a momentous day for the city and club

Liverpool have won 28 of their 31 matches this season and have not lost at Anfield since 2017

Liverpool have won 28 of their 31 matches this season and have not lost at Anfield since 2017

Rafael Benitez, who won the Champions League as Reds boss in 2005, added congratulations

Rafael Benitez, who won the Champions League as Reds boss in 2005, added congratulations

‘He is a great leader and a great human being and we all believe in him. To be honest, I’m lost for words. 

‘You never really think of this moment. When this moment comes I can’t really describe it. It’s another moment in our lives that we’ll never forget.

‘It feels amazing. I’m so happy for all the boys. The club, the whole city. I am so proud of what we achieved.’

Before his triumphant team-mates pounced on him, Van Dijk told BT Sport: ‘It’s incredible to be part of this group of players.

Van Dijk said the victory had taken the club to a different level after a near-flawless term

Van Dijk said the victory had taken the club to a different level after a near-flawless term

‘Last season we won the Champions League and this year, especially in the Premier League, we have taken it to a different level. We have been so consistent and doing so well.

‘It’s a fantastic feeling. From the moment I’ve joined it’s one team, everyone is part of it, from the people that work at Melwood, in the stadium and the players of course. 

‘We all want the same thing. Off the pitch we have a bond which is outstanding as well.’

Liverpool’s last top-flight triumph came in 1990 but they won the title at a canter this time, completing the job with a 23-point lead over Manchester City and seven matches to spare. 

Dalglish, who was their manager when they lifted the First Division trophy, watched the players start the party and said: ‘I’m very pleased for everybody connected with the football club. Jurgen has done a fantastic job.

‘The highlight has been the camaraderie within the team and the way everyone has helped the team.

Van Dijk (right) spoke glowingly of the outstanding bond between the players and Klopp

Van Dijk (right) spoke glowingly of the outstanding bond between the players and Klopp

Klopp took over as coach in 2015 and led the club to the Champions League title last season

Klopp took over as coach in 2015 and led the club to the Champions League title last season

‘We have many more happy days to look forward to as long as Jurgen is here. Liverpool from top to bottom in the football club have been fantastically supportive. You know how much it means. Jurgen Klopp epitomises everything that this football club is about. Onwards and upwards.’

Klopp dedicated the title to Dalglish and club legend Steven Gerrard, who praised his former boss and club owners Fenway Sports Group on Instagram.

The former Reds captain wrote: ‘Congratulations to all on winning the premier league.

Liverpool won the title without kicking a ball after Manchester City were beaten 2-1 at Chelsea

Liverpool won the title without kicking a ball after Manchester City were beaten 2-1 at Chelsea

Ex-Liverpool winger Ryan Babel was among the club's former players delighted at the news

Ex-Liverpool winger Ryan Babel was among the club’s former players delighted at the news

‘Incredible achievement from a fantastic squad of top players, led by a world-class manager and coaching team.

‘And lastly and most importantly, the fans who have waited 30 years.’