Liverpool open top bus parade given go ahead after Premier League title win

Liverpool will be able to celebrate their title win with an open top bus parade as soon as it’s safe.

The Reds were crowned champions of England for the first time in 30 years on Thursday night as their closest challengers Manchester City lost to Chelsea 200 miles away at Stamford Bridge.

Several thousand Liverpool fans poured into the streets outside Anfield and in the city centre to revel in their historic victory, some of whom were seen flouting social distancing guidelines.

Now, Liverpool Council have confirmed the club will be allowed to hold a title parade.

But they warned that a final date can only be decided once coronavirus is under control.

A council spokeswoman told the Liverpool Echo: “We are looking at plans on how a title win can be celebrated fully and would honour the club’s and fan’s ambitions to have a parade.

“This will only happen when it is safe to do so, lockdown restrictions have eased, and the infection rate of the virus has been reduced.”

Liverpool Council believe that even with the social distancing rules reduced to 1m, a parade would be impossible to police safely.

The title parade will not take place this summer and may not even be possible until this time next year – by which point Liverpool will be hoping to have even more trophies to celebrate.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had previously suggested that the club could hold the parade halfway through next season.

“That you can’t celebrate in the way you’ve always dreamed of, that’s not nice. I totally understand that,” Klopp told Sky Germany.

“I feel the same way. It’s not that my ideal is to celebrate alone in the stadium, then just drive home,” Klopp continued.

“It wasn’t like that when you thought about it. But that cannot be changed now. Why should we now make a big deal about something that can't be changed?

“There comes a day when life will get back to normal.

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“When someone has found the vaccine, when someone has found a solution to the problem, when infection rates are zero or below – that day will come eventually.

“Then we have the right to celebrate what we want to celebrate on that day.

“If this is the 12 th or 13 th matchday of next season and we want to celebrate it, who is going to stop it?” Klopp added.

In the meantime, the police and the council have pleaded with Liverpool supporters to respect social distancing when celebrating the win, with Assistant Chief Constable Rob Carden saying there would be “an appropriate time” for fans to come together in the city to celebrate.

The council has marked the occasion by having landmarks cross the city lit up in red.

Mayor Joe Anderson congratulated Liverpool on Twitter and told Radio Four’s Today programme on Friday morning that the title win could provide a huge economic boost to the city.

He said: “For Liverpool to have achieved what they've achieved, winning the title seven games before the season finishes is absolutely amazing.

“And as an Evertonian – as a Bluenose as they call us in Liverpool – congratulations to Liverpool.

“They played scintillating football, absolutely amazing, fantastic to watch, and it’s a great boost for Liverpool, the brand of Liverpool and the city’s economy so I’m delighted and amazed that they’ve won it by so much.

“I'm not one of the bitter people, as far as I’m concerned Everton – I want them to catch up to Liverpool, I want them to overtake Liverpool – but I don’t begrudge anybody winning with great football.”

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