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EPL victory: Liverpool boss, Klopp begs fans to celebrate at home

By George Aluo

“We have all done so much to fight Covid-19 and this effort cannot go to waste.

“When the time is right we will celebrate. But for now, please stay at home as much as possible.”

Those were the words of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp in an open letter to fans of the club who are celebrating the club’s first EPL victory in 30 years.

It would be noted that thousands of Liverpool fans celebrated at the City’s waterfront on Friday, despite restrictions on gatherings because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Firefighters extinguished a small fire at the Liver Building and 34 people were injured, three seriously.

Klopp said he “did not love” the scenes at Pier Head.

In the open letter published by Liverpool Echo, the German said: “I am a human being and your passion is also my passion, but right now the most important thing is that we do not have these kind of public gatherings.

“We owe it to the most vulnerable in our community, to the health workers who have given so much and whom we have applauded, and to the police and local authorities who help us as a club not to do this.

“Please – celebrate – but celebrate in a safe way and in private settings, whereby we do not risk spreading this awful disease further in our community.”

Klopp however praised the “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 faith in what we are doing,” he said.

He added that their support was “the petrol in the tank” of his players and said it had “fuelled us every step of the way.

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