Liverpool fans descend on Paris ahead of Champions League final against Real Madrid

Sports correspondent Chris Hall reports from the Eiffel Tower, Paris.


A sea of Liverpool fans are descending on Paris ahead of the Champions League final against Real Madrid.

Supporters - many without tickets - are making the short trip across the Channel to watch their side at the Stade de France on Saturday evening.

Liverpool have officially been given 20,000 tickets for the final but that will not stop what could be as many as 60,000 fans heading to the French capital from Merseyside.

For those supporters who haven't got tickets for the game, UEFA officials have set up a Fan Zone in the east of the city six miles from the ground.

But the most popular destinations by far has been the Kop Bar - a shrine to all things Liverpool.


David Chisnall has speaking to the French Liverpool Supporters' club outside of The Klop Bar in Paris.


Back in the UK, fans are geared up to watch from their homes, down the pub and fan zones across the country.

People living on Penmann Crescent in Halewood have gone all out with flags, cardboard cut-outs, balloons and floodlights ahead of the final.

Meanwhile, police have warned fans not to bring flares into Liverpool ahead of the Champions League.

'Klopp' Street prepares for the Champions League final. Credit: Liverpool Echo

Merseyside Police's tactical commander for the weekend, Chief Superintendent Jonathan Davies, said: "Flares are dangerous.

"It's become accepted that they are at sporting stadiums and sporting events. These are dangerous things."

If Liverpool beat Real, they will finish the season with a cup treble and avenge their defeat to Madrid in the final four years ago.


We hear from fans at Liverpool John Lennon airport who are making their way to Paris.


Fans are travelling via all kinds of different routes, with people coming via Brussels and Amsterdam, on trains, planes and by car.

One fan and his son said they had travelled 30 hours to be in Paris for the final, after flying from Brisbane Australia.

Another fan said they had travelled on a bus of 48 other people from Liverpool especially to watch the match.

Meanwhile, a supporter said his direct flight was cancelled from Liverpool to Paris, so instead took a detour to Budapest and then onto France.


Andy Bonner has been speaking to supporters in Merseyside.


Liverpool John Lennon Airport has put an extra 30 flights on to fly fans to the French capital for the historic match.

The airport has decorated with balloons, banners and lights for the big occasion.

However some have experienced three-hour queues at Dover, with the combination of the half-term break and Reds fans travelling to Paris thought to be to blame.

Travellers have described the situation as a 'shambles' saying that there was 'no organisation whatsoever'.

On Twitter, Suleman Qureshi posted: “The queues at dover are ridiculous as expected. The Reds have taken over!”