Liverpool fans defy social distancing to celebrate first English title in 30 years

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Liverpool fans took to the streets outside Anfield on Thursday night as the club clinched their first ever Premier League title.

The Merseyside club secured their first English football league crown with seven games to go after Chelsea's victory over Manchester City meant they couldn't be caught at the top of table.

Hundreds of fans had gathered outside the Main Stand of their Anfield stadium even before the full time whistle went in West London, with celebrations then going on into the early hours of Friday morning.

Although many Liverpool supporters instead celebrated at home in 'social bubbles' while lockdown guidance remained in place, police criticised the fans who gathered in large numbers outside the club's ground.

Assistant Chief Constable Rob Carden said Merseyside had been “disproportionately affected” by the coronavirus pandemic and its residents had a responsibility to prevent further cases.

He said: “The overwhelming majority of fans have recognised the fact that now is not the time to gather together to celebrate, and chose to mark the event safely. They are a credit to this city.

“Unfortunately, as we have seen throughout the lockdown period, not everyone adhered to the regulations in place. Although the vast majority of celebrations were good natured, a large number of people chose to gather outside the stadium.”

Many fans wore face masks for the gathering and shortly before 11pm, Merseyside Police announced road closures would be put in place.

Police officers could be seen in the area as fans celebrated but no attempts were made to disperse the good-natured crowd.

Liverpool City Council told fans to “have a great party” but maintain social distancing as they celebrated.

The Premier League restarted earlier this month after pausing due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with games now played behind closed doors.

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Liverpool fans let off flares as supporters partied into the night outside Anfield.
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Hundreds of Liverpool fans would not be deterred from celebrating their title win outside Anfield after their 30 year wait.
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Fans climbed atop the famous Shankly gates outside Anfield to revel in their Premier League title win.
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Chelsea's win over Manchester City sparked wild celebrations as Liverpool could not be caught at the top of the table.
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Police condemned the fans who did party outside Anfield in large numbers, despite the celebrations being good-natured.
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Many Liverpool fans celebrated with drinks outside their stadium as partying went into the early hours
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The title win is Liverpool's first Premier League crown and first English title in 30 years.
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A Liverpool fan holds aloft a cardboard cutout of striker Mo Salah during the celebrations outside Anfield.
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Fans had gathered outside Anfield even before the title was officially confirmed.
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Two proud supporters hold young Liverpool fans aloft as the celebrations began.
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A police car outside Anfield during the celebrations, which officers said were 'good-natured'.
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Two Liverpool fans hold a mock Premier League trophy aloft as the partying continued.
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Fans sat on the gates outside the ground to get the best view of the celebrations around them.
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Fireworks and flares were spotted outside the Merseyside club's ground as fans marked their return to the top of English football.
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Liverpool fans wearing Jordan Henderson and Mohamed Salah face masks celebrate outside Anfield.
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A Liverpool fan holds a cutout of captain Jordan Henderson outside Anfield.
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The celebrations got into full swing just before 10pm when Chelsea beat Manchester City.
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Liverpool fans celebrate outside in Liverpool after they are crowned Premier League champions.
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