‘Don’t be sad’: Liverpool fans gather in the city streets to welcome the heroes home | Liverpool

The victory parade planned three weeks in advance has always promised to be a hostage of fortune. In the end though it doesn’t matter that Liverpool He had won two titles instead of four, and was agonizingly short of European glory on Saturday night, as hundreds of thousands of fans welcomed their champions home on Sunday.

Liverpool players danced alongside DJ Calvin Harris as their open bus was met with fireworks, bonfires and flags in a boisterous lap around town, as fans hung from traffic lights as helicopters hovered overhead.

Alice Ferrep, 51, spent every morning making two glasses of tin foil and a poster that begged her defeated team: “Don’t be sad” yet Lost 1-0 to Real Madrid in the Champions League Final In Paris.

“They noticed me on the bus! I got an A from Trent [Alexander-Arnold]! I smiled moments after the car passed through the crowd at Allerton Maze.

“We were devastated last night, but we’re so glad this was happening today and we just wanted them to know we couldn’t be more proud even if they won everything,” she said.

Her son, 11-year-old Douglas Trafford, is one of many Liverpool kids who stayed up after bedtime to watch the game on Saturday: “I was shocked but we won again two. It’s not really a big deal.”

Liverpool players Curtis Jones, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and teammates celebrate alongside the FA Cup and Carabao Cup
Curtis Jones, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and his Liverpool teammates celebrate alongside the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Disappointment with the outcome of the Paris match added to anger at the way Liverpool fans were treated by the French police They fired tear gas into the crowd Tens of thousands of club supporters passed through a narrow tunnel causing a 36-minute delay in kick-off.

Cheering for Queen’s Drive, Joanne Marney, 85, said the behavior of French security officials was awful. “People are looking for trouble with Liverpool fans but that’s what real Liverpool fans are about. They don’t want trouble,” said the retired teacher.

Council officials expected hundreds of thousands of people to fill the nine-mile track, which was announced three weeks ago when Jurgen Klopp’s side still had a chance of becoming the first English team to win the quartet – the League Cup, FA Cup, Premier League and Champions League.

In the end, the club had to win their first two titles, but that didn’t seem to dampen the party atmosphere on Sunday.

The show began just a short walk from John Lennon’s childhood home in the Allerton Maze, where thousands of flag-waving fans gathered to worship their heroes, among them Egyptian mascot Mohamed Salah and Colombian favorite Luis Diaz.

Young fans raise their heads above the crowd to watch their team's parade
Young fans raise their heads above the crowd to watch their team’s parade. Photography: Zach Goodwin/PA

Defenders Virgil Van Dyck and Andy Robertson danced enthusiastically at the back of the bus alongside the grimmer James Milner as the entourage made their way through crowded crowds on Queens Drive.

Life-size cardboard statues of Klopp and Salah stood guard outside the home of Claire and Sean Doran, who played Liverpool anthems from a sound system two hours before the festivities officially began.

Sean Doran, an Everton fan, insisted he played no part in decorating his Liverpool red house, but would enjoy the party regardless: “I won’t touch the bunting or the cardboard cutouts,” he said, serving sausages and beer.

Family friend Leon Evans said he was very disappointed with the Stade de France result, but it was important to celebrate the achievements of Liverpool – and even those of local rivals Everton, who narrowly avoided relegation.

“It’s been a great season and they are a great team,” he said. “We fell at the last hurdle in the league and beyond [Saturday] At night but we win, lose and draw together and we are very proud of the team. The fact that Everton stayed that way makes everything better.”

In an age of football increasingly dominated by sovereign wealth and state owners, Liverpool still feels like a club deeply rooted in its community. James Trafford, 38, said it was important, unlike the triumphal processions of some other clubs, for Liverpool players to travel through the city so that everyone could see it and everyone was a part of it.

Wrapping his white and black Oreo trophy in a Liverpool scarf, Mike Burns compared his club’s cup tour to that of Manchester City two weeks ago: “We had a nine-mile parade and Man City did a 0.8-mile parade. That says it all, doesn’t it?” “