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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.