The mood outside of Anfield was that of celebration with high spirits and there were singing, flag-waving and fireworks. Fans and supporters thronged Anfield on Thursday night after Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over the Manchester city clinching the premier league trophy for Liverpool in London.
Despite warnings of social distancing and fears of social gathering setting off a spike in the infections of the coronavirus, thousands of fans assembled outside Anfield to celebrate the long-awaited victory of the Liver pools first league title after 30 years. The fans set fireworks, engaged themselves in singing and waving their flags which were understandable.
Appropriate safety measures were taken by the officials to maintain the security protocols and to ensure social distancing well ahead of the match and there were people who heeded to the advice from the police officials and stayed indoors to watch the celebration.
But enthusiastic supporters in spite of the warnings arrived at the Anfield. The fans gathered in the road outside as the stadium was fenced and there was no much of social distancing maintained. They were even without wearing masks and children were also brought along to be a part of the celebration.
The fans during the celebration were good-natured and almost had dispersed by 2 am. There were not many criminal incidents or damages other than some assault and affray by some who were drunk. Nine arrests were reported to be made by the officials who were disorderly and caught drunk driving and who defied the official warnings.
Andy Cooke, the chief constable of the Merseyside city said that he was worried about the people and cared for the fans as a father, a brother, a son and as a husband would take care of and not as a police official.
The Liverpool officials though disappointed at the scenes outside the Anfield and the fans who did not heed to the advice they appreciated the fans who stayed indoors for the safety of themselves and in the larger interest of the city.