Liverpool Major Joe Anderson has urged fans to stay home and celebrate as the Reds lift the Premier League trophy tonight.
Jurgen Klopp and his players will end the club’s 30-year wait for a league triumph when they are officially crowned Champions of England following tonight’s game against Chelsea.
The Reds boss, along with Merseyside Police, have previously urged fans to move away from Anfield and party at home, a sentiment echoed by the city’s mayor.
“But COVID-19 has brought back the reality of life and death if you will and how the things we do can affect other people.
“We had 500 dead in Liverpool, we had thousands of people infected with COVID-19.
“My clear message to the fans is, look yes, we understand your enthusiasm, yes we understand your passion for the club, but let us remember your passion for your family, your community and your city.
“Please follow and listen to sound advice.
“I think if Everton won the league, I would wheel on Goodison Road, but we have a COVID-19 crisis.
“We have a serious public health crisis here. We have lost 500 people in Liverpool to COVID-19 and several thousand people have been infected.
“It’s about their nannies, their grandparents, their family and their community. We ask them to celebrate but to celebrate indoors at home.
“If you can celebrate in the pub with social distancing, do that stuff, but don’t congregate off the ground.
“Merseyside Police have made it clear that they will not tolerate this. We don’t want problems where people are going and Merseyside Police have to act and we want to try to avoid that and avoid the scenes that we saw at Pier Head in Liverpool.
“We had fireworks, people drinking for hours and clashes with the police. We want to avoid this at all costs. “