Liverpool encouraged wild title celebrations at Anfield and Jurgen Klopp’s open letter to fans ‘came too late’, claims MP Steve Brine

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Liverpool encouraged wild title celebrations at Anfield and Jurgen Klopp's open letter to fans 'came too late', claims MP Steve Brine

Liverpool must take a share of the blame for their fans’ celebrations and wild scenes at Anfield and the city centre following their Premier League title triumph.

That’s according to MP Steve Brine, who believes the club have partly encouraged their supporters’ recent behaviour.

Liverpool, Merseyside Police and the Liverpool City Council have condemned the actions of tens of thousands of fans who defied lockdown guidelines and took to the streets to celebrate the Reds’ first league title in 30 years.

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Thousands of fans flocked to Anfield last week to celebrate their long-awaited first Premier League title win

The scenes across the weekend hit the headlines, with supporters flocking to the stadium and leaving carnage in their wake in the city’s Pier Head waterfront, while a teenager has been charged with criminal damage after setting a part of the Liver Building on fire with a firework.

In a join statement, the club, police and council said the scenes were ‘wholly unacceptable’, while Premier League chief executive Richard Masters – who was grilled by a parliamentary committee on Tuesday – said they were ‘regrettable’.

On Monday, manager Jurgen Klopp also wrote a lengthy open letter to Liverpool fans, which included a plea to ‘do what is right’ and keep their title celebrations indoors.

“I love your passion… but what I did not love was the scenes that took place at the Pier Head on Friday,” the Reds boss wrote in the Liverpool Echo.

“Right now the most important thing is that we do not have these kind of public gatherings.

Klopp has urged Liverpool fans to stay indoors and put their celebrations on hold

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Klopp has urged Liverpool fans to stay indoors and put their celebrations on hold

“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.

“When the time is right we will celebrate. We will enjoy this moment and we will paint the city red. But for now, please stay at home as much as possible. This is not the time to be in the city centre in big numbers or to go near football grounds.”

But Brine believes Klopp’s message came too late.

The Conservative MP believes both the club and the Premier League should have done more to prevent the sorry scenes in Liverpool.

And he has even appeared to accuse the Reds of whipping up their fans by posting images and videos from the players’ title party on social media last week.

Speaking to White and Sawyer on Tuesday, Brine – part of the panel of MPs that grilled Masters – said: “The Premier League do have some responsibility here, the minute they brought their brand back this was inevitable.

“As soon as you press start on the season again, you have to accept that Liverpool were going to win the league, and then when they did it was inevitable that the fans were going to celebrate in the way they did.

MP Steve Brine believes Liverpool encouraged their fans’ celebrations by posting vides of the players partying on social media

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MP Steve Brine believes Liverpool encouraged their fans’ celebrations by posting vides of the players partying on social media

“It was a consequence of restarting the Premier League and I think everybody just has to honest about that.

“What I said to Richard was: ‘Did you accept that when you did your planning for reopening, and do you take responsibility that there could be a spike in Liverpool, which of course has already got questions around 20,000 Atletico Madrid fans being in the city before lockdown’.

“I lived in Liverpool myself for a few years, it’s a fantastic place, they are passionate fans and they are decent people.

“But I can only quote what the mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said over the weekend, that he thought the events brought Liverpool Football Club and the city of Liverpool into disrepute, and I very sadly agree.

“Jurgen Klopp has written an open letter condemning that behaviour, but too late!

“And if you are posting pictures on Instagram of the players having a party, then it’s very hard for them to criticise the fans for doing the same.

“When you’ve got players in a hotel garden hugging each other, jumping up and down and celebrating with each other, of course the fans were going to do the same.”





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