Liverpool fans line the streets for an open-top bus parade after the Champions League nightmare
Liverpool were welcomed by legions of loving fans back home to Merseyside after their Champions League final nightmare, meaning they ended the season with two somewhat disappointing trophies.
Fans lined the streets of Liverpool to give Jurgen Klopp’s side a big homecoming on their return from Paris, despite falling short in the Champions League final against Real Madrid.
The Reds were horribly beaten 1-0 by their Spanish counterparts on Saturday in a showdown that was marred by pre-match chaos, forcing kick-off to be delayed three times. Thousands of supporters were stuck in queues for hours outside the Stade de France, some even being subjected to tear gas from the French authorities during the deployment of riot police, while the UEFA has been criticized for staging the event.
But the Anfield faithful ensured that spirits were high on Merseyside, as Klopp and his players celebrated an epic season which saw them emerge with two trophies – the FA Cup and the League Cup – after having chased an unprecedented four to the last hurdle. Liverpool’s men’s and women’s team – who won their respective divisions after a fantastic campaign – reunited in open-top buses on Sunday afternoon, enjoying the glory after another memorable tenure for the Kopites of the whole world.
As Klopp and Matt Beard’s sides celebrated, fans showed their unwavering support and a newlywed couple even marked the occasion by walking in the middle of the parade after getting married. The Reds also enjoyed hearing from Scottish singer-songwriter Calvin Harris, who acted as the designated DJ.
The scenes contrasted with heartbreak for Liverpool less than 24 hours earlier as Klopp vowed his side would be back for another try next season. “In the dressing room nobody thinks it’s been a great season at the moment. Maybe we need a few hours for that,” the Reds boss told BT Sport after the game.
“It was the two decisions against us that were the smallest possible margins. We played a good game, not a perfect game. I don’t think a perfect game is possible against an opponent with a deep formation. We have had a lot of hits but not the clearest. [Thibaut] Courtois made two great saves.
“We conceded a goal on a throw-in. [Federico] Valverde wanted to shoot, Vinicius [Junior] was there and that’s it. The boys tried everything, especially at 1-0, then we played as we wanted to play before. We had our midfielders too deep. It is a threat that they represent with counter-attacks. We wanted to be more courageous in the second half.
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“That’s what we said at half-time. We played around them. We should have played more in the formation than around them. It’s different. It’s not a bad thing. “to reach the final. It’s a kind of success. Not the success you want to have. I have a strong feeling that we will come back.
“The boys are really competitive. It’s an exceptional group together. We will have an exceptional group next season. Where is it next season? Istanbul? Book the hotel.”
Defender Andy Robertson also gave his immediate reaction and admitted: “The dressing room is calm, devastated. That’s what happens when you don’t win the finals. We had chances, we came up against a goalkeeper unbelievable. To be honest though, we could have played better. In the second half we didn’t start well and they took over.
“When you come up against experienced teams like that, they know how to win finals. We are a pressing team, it worked so much for us but we got caught up and that’s football. It’s hard to get back in the game. playing against a very experienced team, they know how to run a game.”
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Former midfielder Jason McAteer has stressed the importance of celebrating reaching three finals and finishing second in the Premier League, one point behind winners Manchester City, to LFC TV. “Jurgen made it clear that we needed to celebrate. I made it clear that I wasn’t enjoying the success of their success,” McAteer said.
“They won cups and had games three days later. You have to celebrate the wins. Nowadays we were going on holiday together. It strengthens the spirit and you have the feeling of winning something. I think it’s hugely important. I think that’s one of the reasons why Jurgen wanted this today.”