Fans ignore warning to stay away as Liverpool lift Premier League trophy

Liverpool supporters outside the stadium, left, Jordan Henderson lifting the trophy, right. Credit: PA

Despite warnings from Liverpool players past and present, fans still wanted to get as close to the action on Wednesday as their Premier League trophy lift beckoned.

The authorities had also urged fans to stay away from Anfield, with the match held behind closed doors and social distancing measures still in place.

Club legend Sir Kenny Dalglish and captain Jordan Henderson implored Liverpool fans not to flock to Anfield as the Reds geared up to lift the Premier League trophy.

Jurgen Klopp enjoys the moment. Credit: PA

Dalglish was the last manager to lead Liverpool to a top-flight title in 1990, and was poised to present the trophy to Jurgen Klopp’s side.

The former Blackburn and Liverpool boss tweeted: “Can everyone please respect the guidelines and enjoy the moment. This is a dress rehearsal for when we can all celebrate together safely.”

Fans sit on a fence outside Anfield. Credit: PA

The players received all the important silverware, they first league title in 30 years, after a pulsating 5-3 victory over Chelsea at Anfield.

After the match, Klopp told the Liverpool fans: "Celebrate at home. Safe. Drink what you want. Prepare for a party when this bull**** virus is gone. Then we will have a party all together. Make sure you're ready!"

Liverpool fans outside Anfield. Credit: PA

There was also plenty of fireworks on the streets surrounding the stadium, as fans congregated to celebrate their triumph, even those supporters are currently banned from attending matches.

Flares and smoke bombs were set off, as fans sang and celebrated their delayed triumph.

Police introduced a 48-hour dispersal zone around the ground in anticipation of crowds gathering as the trophy was lifted in the empty stadium.

Much of the stadium was fenced off but by 9.45pm a large group had gathered in the road outside the Kop end with flags and flares.

Superintendent Dave Charnock said: “We’re aware of the significant impact that anti-social behaviour can have on individuals and communities, and we will be targeting people we suspect of being involved in this type of behaviour in the area.

“To the vast majority of law-abiding members of the community and Liverpool fans, I just want to remind them that this order is not about bothering people going about their legitimate daily business.

“We would like to thank the vast majority of you who are adhering to the restrictions currently in place to protect the wider community as well as those who are continuing to keep an eye out for suspicious behaviour and reporting it to us.

“It has never been more important than now to ensure that we all follow Government advice to ensure the safety of those living in Merseyside.”

Police were seen hold fans back outside a local pub as the excitement ramped up the pitch, with Liverpool earning a three-goal lead, before Chelsea hit back with one of their own.

Gini Wijnaldum celebrates scoring the fourth. Credit: PA

Gini Wijnaldum struck a fourth for Liverpool, which should have confirmed the result, but Frank Lampard's side reduced the deficit by two to set up a tense last 17 minutes.

Eventually, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain completed the scoring late on to seal the 5-3 win.