Major Joe Anderson urged fans to stay at home
The major of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, has urged supporters to stay at home and celebrate as the Reds lift the Premier League trophy this evening.
Jurgen Klopp and his players will end the club’s 30-year wait for a league triumph when they are officially crowned champions of England after tonight’s match against Chelsea.
The Reds boss, as well as Merseyside police, have already urged fans to keep away from Anfield and celebrate at home, a sentiment echoed by the city’s mayor.
“You know I feel for them because I want to give them a parade round the city for winning the league in the same way that we did last year for the Champions League. We had a million people on our streets last year,” he told talkSPORT.
“But COVID-19 has brought home the reality of life and death if you like and how things that we do can affect other people.
“We’ve had 500 people die in Liverpool, we’ve had thousands of people infected with COVID-19.
“My clear message to the fans is, look yes we understand your excitement, yes we understand your passion for the club but let’s remember your passion for your family and your community and your city.
“Please just follow and listen to the sensible advice.
“I think if Everton won the league I’d be doing cartwheels down Goodison Road, but we have a COVID-19 crisis.
“We have a serious public health crisis here. We’ve lost 500 people in Liverpool to COVID-19 and many thousands of people have been infected.
“This is about their nannies, their grandads, about their family and community. We are asking them to celebrate but celebrate indoors at home.
“If you can celebrate at the pub with social distancing then do those sorts of things but don’t congregate outside the ground.
“Merseyside Police have made it absolutely clear they will not tolerate that. We don’t want any trouble where people go and Merseyside Police have to take action and we want to try and avoid that and avoid the scenes we saw to the Pier Head in Liverpool.
“We had fireworks, people drinking for hours, and confrontations with police. We want to avoid that at all costs.”