Fans celebrate Liverpool's win of the Premier League title in front of Anfield Stadium in Liverpool in north-west England on June 25, 2020 after the 2: Chelsea 1-1 win over Manchester City – Liverpool were crowned Premier League champions without kicking a ball on Thursday when Chelsea 2-1 defeated Manchester City marked the Reds' 30-year wait for the English title ended the club with a record seven games remaining after City's defeat, leaving them 23 points behind Liverpool at the top (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)
Jürgen Klopp asked Liverpool fans to celebrate "safely" during the coronavirus crisis after chaotic scenes affected the club's title celebration in the Premier League.
Thousands of Liverpool fans gathered for a second closing time at Pier Head on Friday after the club became champions of England for the first time in 30 years.
Police said officers were subjected to violent clashes and threw glasses and bottles at them as the downtown celebrations continued into the wee hours of the morning.
Klopp said in an open letter to the fans in the Liverpool Echo that he "did not love" the scenes at Pier Head.
"I am a human being and your passion is also my passion, but the most important thing at the moment is that we do not have such public gatherings," wrote Klopp.
"We owe it to the weakest in our community, the health workers who have given so much and who we applauded, and the police and local authorities who help us as an association not to do this," he added
Klopp said fans should celebrate in private settings in a safe manner to avoid the spread of the disease.
He added: "If things were different, I would rather do nothing than celebrate together and host a parade that would be even bigger than that after winning the Champions League last year so we all could to be able to share a special moment but it is simply not possible. "
The German boss urged fans not to waste efforts to combat COVID-19.
"When the time is right, we will celebrate," he said. “We will enjoy this moment and paint the city red. But please stay at home as much as possible for now. "
In a joint statement with the Merseyside Police and Liverpool City Council on Saturday, the club criticized supporters who had ignored advice on social distancing.
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson condemned the scenes and said they had brought a "negative focus" on the city.
Klopp also praised the fans for their support during the season, which was interrupted by the corona virus for three months.
He described it as "an incredible time for incredible supporters of an incredible club in an incredible city".
"I love your passion, your songs, your refusal to accept defeat, your commitment, your understanding of the game, and your trust in what we do," he said.
According to police, the Liver Building, one of the city's most famous landmarks, was damaged after fireworks landed on a balcony on Friday.
A 19-year-old man has been charged with criminal harm and should appear before the Liverpool district court on Monday.
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