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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp urges fans not to gather in celebration

June 29, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has urged fans to "celebrate in a safe way" after thousands gathered in the city to mark the club's first league title in 30 years, despite lockdown restrictions.

(CNN)Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has urged fans to "celebrate in a safe way" after thousands gathered in the city to mark the club's first league title in 30 years, despite lockdown restrictions.

In an open letter published in the Liverpool Echo, he said that whilst he appreciated the support, he "did not love" the scenes on the city's waterfront Friday when people ignored police warnings and partied in the streets.

Merseyside Police reported that multiple people were hurt in the celebrations and that fireworks were aimed at the city's iconic Liver Building, causing a small fire, with police involved in a number of violent confrontations.

Thousands had also gathered outside Anfield stadium on Thursday after Liverpool were confirmed champions of England.

'Please stay at home'

Over the weekend, the mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson reiterated his plea for fans not to gather and said he had been left frustrated by those ignoring warnings from the club, health experts and the authorities.

"For me, it was hugely disappointing because the message that we gave out after Thursday's gathering outside Anfield was about the public message of health and safety about Covid-19 and the fact that this virus is still very much alive and kicking," he said in a video posted on Twitter.

Liverpool faces Manchester City in the Premier League Thursday before returning to Anfield to play Aston Villa on Sunday.

"For me, it is the word more than any other that captures what Liverpool people are about.

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