Champions League: Crowds number 750,000 at Liverpool parade

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Media captionAn estimated 750,000 people turned out to cheer the team

Hundreds of thousands of Liverpool fans have celebrated the club’s historic Champions League win at a parade through the city.

Jurgen Klopp’s team became champions of Europe for a sixth time when they beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in Madrid.

The team arrived at Liverpool Airport ahead of the open-top bus parade.

It began at Allerton Maze and ended near the waterfront after moving slowly through a sea of red. Police estimated more than 750,000 fans turned out.

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Image caption Liverpool players and staff took the Champions League trophy on the bus through the city

The Reds won the all-Premier League final at Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium 2-0, thanks to an early Mohamed Salah penalty and a late Divock Origi strike.

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Image caption Liverpool lined the streets of the city to welcome the team back to Merseyside
Flares spark out from the top of the Liver BuildingImage copyright AFP
Image caption Flares spark out from the top of the Liver Building
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Image caption Fans chanted Liverpool’s popular European anthem ‘Allez Allez Allez’

Liverpool fan Dave Williams, who was among those on the route, said: “They’ve fought so hard all the way and deserve a heroes’ welcome.

“The hairs on the back of my neck are standing on end at the thought of seeing the cup back in the city where it belongs.”

Flares trailing red smoke and sporadic outbreaks of the club’s European anthem “Allez, Allez, Allez” added to an electric atmosphere on the route.

Jurgen Klopp and Jordan Henderson hold aloft the cup as they come out of the plane at Liverpool AirportImage copyright PA
Image caption Manager Jurgen Klopp and captain Jordan Henderson brought the Champions League trophy back to Liverpool earlier in the day
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Image caption Liverpool last won the Champions League in 2005 after beating AC Milan in Istanbul
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Image caption Fans celebrated after their team became European champions for the sixth time

The Sewells family travelled from their Nottingham home to make the trip to Liverpool.

Dad Richard, 42, said: “We just had to be here and I’m pleased we made the trip because the atmosphere is electric.”

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Image caption The Sewells family travelled from Nottingham
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Image caption Some fans climbed traffic lights and signs to get a good vantage point
James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Divock Origi, Joe Gomez and Daniel SturridgeImage copyright Getty Images
Image caption James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Divock Origi, Joe Gomez and Daniel Sturridge celebrate with the trophy

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Media captionFrom Merseyside to New York, fans celebrate

Relive the parade’s highlights here.

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