In an open letter published in the Liverpool Echo newspaper, Jürgen Klopp urged Liverpool fans to celebrate the team’s successes “with confidence” and even more so in the current period, marked by the Covid-19 crisis. This message is due to the chaotic celebrations that took place on Friday, a day after Liverpool conquered the Premier.
Thousands of Liverpool supporters gathered at Pier Head, on the banks of the River Mersey, to celebrate that Klopp’s team had proclaimed themselves champions of England for the first time in 30 years.
Police reported violent clashes and projectile launches as the celebrations continued in the city center until the wee hours of the morning, without observing the distancing measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
In an open letter published by the newspaper, Klopp said that “I did not like” the scenes that took place during these celebrations. “I am a human being and your passion is also mine, but at the moment the most important thing is that not not to carry out this type of public meetings,” wrote the Liverpool coach.
“We owe it to the most vulnerable in our community, to the Health workers who have given so much and to whom we have applauded, as well as to the police and local authorities who help us, as a club,” added Klopp.
The German coach urged fans to party safely in a private setting. “If things were different, I would like nothing more than to celebrate together, an open-top bus ride around the city, which would be even bigger than the one that followed our victory in the Champions League last year so that we could all share this special moment , but it simply is not possible. “
“When the time is right, we will celebrate it,” he added. “We will take advantage of this moment and paint the city in red. But for now, stay home as much as possible. “
On Saturday, in a joint statement with local police and Liverpool city council, the club also criticized fans for ignoring the distancing instructions, while authorities estimated the property damage to be at least 10,000 euros.