2022 – “Don’t be sad”: Liverpool fans fill the city streets to welcome the heroes back home | Liverpool

The Victory Parade planned three weeks ahead of time had long promised to be a fluke. However, in the end, it didn’t matter that Liverpool lifted two cups instead of four or that they failed to achieve European glory on Saturday night as hundreds of thousands of fans welcomed their heroes back home on Sunday.

Liverpool players danced alongside DJ Calvin Harris as their convertible bus was lit by fireworks, torches and flags in a raucous honor roll across town, as fans hung on traffic lights as helicopters hovered in the sky.

Alice Ferribe, 51, spent every morning crafting two tin glasses and a poster urging her frustrated team to “not grieve” after their 1-0 Champions League final loss to Real Madrid in Paris.

β€œThey noticed me on the bus! I got a thumbs up from Trent [Alexander-Arnold]! I smiled shortly after the car passed through the crowd at Allerton Maze.

“We were devastated last night but we were so happy that it continued like this tonight and we just wanted to tell them that even if they win everything, we couldn’t be more proud,” she said.

Their son Douglas Trafford, 11, who is one of many Liverpool kids who stayed up after bedtime to watch the game on Saturday, said: “I was frustrated but we won again with two. It’s not really a big deal.”

Curtis Jones, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and his Liverpool teammates celebrated alongside the FA Cup and Carabao Cup. Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters

Disappointment with Paris’ result was compounded by anger at the way Liverpool fans were treated by French police, who fired tear gas into the crowd after tens of thousands of club fans were driven through a narrow tunnel, delaying 36 minutes of the match. Starting.

Joanne Marney, 85, cheered the team on Queens Drive and said the behavior of the French security officers was appalling. “People look for problems with Liverpool fans, but that’s what real Liverpool fans are about. They don’t want any problems,” the retired teacher said.

Council officials expected hundreds of thousands of people to fill the nine-mile window he announced three weeks ago when Jurgen Klopp’s side still had a chance of becoming the first English side to win four times – the League Cup, FA Cup, Premier League and Champions League.

In the end, the club had to win their first two titles, but that didn’t seem to dampen the party spirit on Sunday.

The show began just a short walk from John Lennon’s childhood home in the Allerton Maze, where thousands of flag-waving fans gathered to worship their heroes, including Egyptian mascot Mo Salah and Colombian favorite Luis Diaz.

Young fans rise above the audience to watch their team’s parade. Photo: Zach Goodwin/PA

Defense attorneys Virgil Van Dyck and Andy Robertson danced enthusiastically in the back of the bus next to a gloomy-looking James Milner as the entourage made its way through the crowd on Queens Drive.

Life-size cardboard cutouts for Klopp and Salah stood guard outside the home of Claire and Sean Doran, listening to Liverpool anthems on a sound system two hours before the festivities officially began.

Sean Doran, an Everton fan, insisted he had no part in decorating his Liverpool red house, but would enjoy the party: “I won’t touch the bunting or the pieces of cardboard,” he said, serving hot dogs and beer.

Family friend Leon Evans said he was very disappointed with the Stade de France result, but it was important to celebrate Liverpool’s successes – and even those of local rivals Everton, who narrowly missed relegation.

“It’s been a great season and they are a great team,” he said. β€œWe fell at the last hurdle in the league and beyond [Saturday] At night but we win, lose and draw together and we are very proud of the team. The fact that Everton stayed awake makes everything better.”

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In an age of football increasingly dominated by state wealth and state ownership, Liverpool still feels like a club with deep roots in its community. James Trafford, 38, said it was important, unlike some other clubs’ triumphant displays, for Liverpool players to travel around the city so that “everyone can see it and everyone is part of it”.

Wrapped in a black-and-white Cavapo Oreo and Liverpool sash, Mike Burns compared his club’s cup tour to that of Manchester City two weeks ago: “We managed a nine-mile tackle and Man City had a 0.8-mile bid. That says it all, doesn’t it?” “