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‘This is the best club in the world’ – Jurgen Klopp says due to half a million Liverpool fans in attendance to trophy parade

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‘This is the best club in the world’ – Jurgen Klopp says due to half a million Liverpool fans in attendance to trophy parade

 

 

Despite heartbreak less than 24 hours earlier, smiles returned to the faces of Liverpool’s players and staff during their trophy parade as half a million fans turned out to celebrate an epic campaign.

 

A rough night against Real Madrid saw Vinicius Jr. down the Reds, and end the season on a low, but it didn’t take long for spirits to be picked back up.

 

The squad were overwhelmed by the incredible scenes

 

The squad were overwhelmed by the incredible scenes

And were able to properly celebrate their cup double

 

And were able to properly celebrate their cup double

A pre-planned bus parade still took place on Merseyside with the FA Cup and League Cup in tow, and despite some players having nerves about the plans, they were warmly received by an estimated 500,000 supporters.

 

Fan with flares and banners lined the streets of Merseyside, offering their team the perfect pick-up, as glum expressions soon turned back into smiles.

 

Left back Andy Robertson was overwhelmed, and soon cheered up after a night where he also had to experience his friends getting caught up in the chaos outside the ground.

 

The Scot was seen partying with a cardboard cut-out of full-back partner Trent Alexander-Arnold, and explained why he was suddenly feeling better.

 

He said: “I woke up this morning in a terrible mood, everyone did, so disappointed with what happened last night.

 

“Obviously we were dreading the parade a bit, but when you get on this bus you realise the best fans in the world come out.

 

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The fans helped Robertson recover from a night from hell

 

The fans helped Robertson recover from a night from hell

“It’s lifted the spirits for all of us, It’s given us a nice ending to a really tough season. We want to give them something back for their incredible support.”

 

Manager Jurgen Klopp was similarly stunned by the turnout and told supporters exactly how he felt.

 

“There’s no club in the world where it happens that you lose the Champions League final the night before and the people arrive here in the shape they are, the mood they are, absolutely outstanding.

 

“This is the best club in the world, I don’t care what other people think.”

 

Klopp shouted ‘I love you!’ down the camera

 

Klopp shouted ‘I love you!’ down the camera

And then argued that he wasn’t drunk

 

And then argued that he wasn’t drunk

Klopp was then thanked for his efforts and said: “You are welcome, I love you all, and I’m not drunk, not a little bit, just emotional!”

 

His assistant Pep Lijnders echoed his boss, saying: “There’s something bigger than winning, if your people are proud when you lose then I think that’s the next level.”

 

Captain Jordan Henderson added to those sentiments, saying: “We weren’t sure what it would be like after last night. But this is what it’s all about.

 

“This is who we do it for, the fans. It’s been an incredible season and we can be proud of what we’ve done. We’ll use it and go again next year.”

 

Henderson later went on to post his thanks to supporters on social media, describing the parade as ‘one of the best days of his life’.

 

Didn’t think it would of been possible after last night but today was one of the best days of my life. Thank you Reds. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/9ylCthHuQT

 

— Jordan Henderson (@JHenderson) May 29, 2022

Arguably Liverpool’s player of the game against Madrid, Ibrahima Konate, couldn’t believe the scenes with fans who were delighted by the Frenchman’s debut season.

 

He said: “It’s unbelievable. It’s crazy. I’ve never seen anything like this in my life. But I can’t talk right now because I want to enjoy it.”

 

Liverpool eventually only lost four matches in their epic 63 game season, narrowly missing out on the Premier League title by a single point, but twice enjoying success at Wembley.

 

It was also the first time since 2012 the side picked up a domestic cup, and only the second occasion in the past 20 years where they’ve claimed multiple trophies in a single season.

 

Local boy Trent was full of love

 

Local boy Trent was full of love

Local lad Trent Alexander-Arnold was keen to emphasise the positives, saying: “We missed out on two trophies at the very end, but at the end of the day we still have two trophies. More than any other English team.

 

“You can never get used to winning them. We can’t get complacent and you have to celebrate them.

 

“There’s no doubt that we’ll get our hands on some more trophies next season.”

 

Portuguese forward Diogo Jota was in agreement, saying: “A season winning two trophies can never be a bad one. But next season we are thinking about our improvements.”

 

The women’s team were also in attendance as they celebrated their return to the Women’s Super League, with their second division championship trophy on display.

 

Both men’s and women’s teams made it through the city centre

 

Both men’s and women’s teams made it through the city centre

Despite the sentiment from the players clearly confirming that they will be back for more next season, cult hero Divock Origi is a certainty to depart.

 

The Belgian scorer of key goals is on his way to Serie A-winners AC Milan, but said there’s more to come from Klopp’s side.

 

Asked about the support, he said: “Honestly it’s unbelievable, it’s been a special season, we’ve fought on every front during the season, and now being here, again, it’s only in Liverpool you will see this type of love.

 

“Even after defeat after the final, I still feel pain from the final, but the overall feeling, I feel grateful and happy.

 

“It’s been eight years, I’ve seen a lot of guys, staff, the fans, I feel like my purpose is done, so it helps to put it in a good perspective as well, I feel like we’re in good hands, there’s so much still to come from this team.”

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