50,000 Liverpool fans descend on Paris ahead of Champions League final against Real Madrid
‘The atmosphere here is boss, the city is red’: 50,000 Liverpool fans descend on Paris for the Champions League final against Real Madrid, with many traveling to the French capital without a ticket to soak up the atmosphere
- No less than 50,000 Liverpool fans are in Paris for the Champions League final
- Many have traveled without a ticket, but have gathered in areas of the city
- The French capital is painted red by shirts, scarves, hats and banners
- You’ll Never Walk Alone and other club chants have soundtrack fan zones
- LIVE REPORT: Jurgen Klopp’s side Real Madrid in tonight’s final
Tens of thousands of Liverpool fans have descended on Paris and painted the city red for tonight’s Champions League final.
Jürgen Klopp’s side will take on 13-time winner Real Madrid at the Stade de France, just north of the French capital.
A huge sea of red shirts surrounded the Cours de Vincennes area in southeastern Paris in the morning, where a fan zone has been set up.
As many as 50,000 Liverpool fans have traveled to Paris for tonight’s Champions League final
Many supporters do not have a ticket and are simply in the French capital to soak up the atmosphere
‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ echoes through the city streets all day
As many as 50,000 supporters, largely without tickets, began to gather early in the day, some started drinking from 7am, bringing traffic in the area to a standstill as roads were closed.
Footballs were kicked into the air and banners were flown, while flares banned by the French authorities were let off in the fan zone.
The huge crowd then sang You’ll Never Walk Alone before club legend Kenny Dalglish was cheered to a set up stage. He told supporters how remarkable Liverpool’s season had been before they chanted his name.
Supporters started gathering early in the day, some started drinking from 7am
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Liverpool legend Sir Kenny Dalglish was greeted with cheers as he appeared in a fan zone
A supporter shows a scarf that immortalizes the heroes of his team from the final three years ago
Liverpool fans have taken over the Champ de Mars, the area in front of the Eiffel Tower
Supporters also gathered in their numbers at Place de la Nation in the eastern part of the city
A heavy police presence is in the area, including armed officers. Meanwhile, fans on the Champs Elysees can be fined €135 by the police if they wear club colours, including hats, scarves and banners.
Fan John Racks, 39, from the Wirral, Merseyside, told PA: ‘Yeah, the drinking started early, the sun is shining now and it’s kind of rising to my head.
“I’d like to say I’m careful at 40, but I was a little lost and started drinking this morning, now I’m broke. The atmosphere is boss here, the city is red.’
Another said: ‘I’m sitting here on a statue in Paris with my mates, that’s all you need. Just a few beers and hopefully a win for the Reds, great.’
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