Liverpool fans gather outside Anfield to celebrate title win despite warnings

Liverpool fans have gathered outside Anfield to celebrate the club's Premier League win despite warnings to stay at home.

A heavy police presence was in force outside the stadium as the club played Chelsea on Wednesday night in their final home game of the season.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 22: Liverpool fans celebrate outside The Kop stand at Anfield stadium during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea on July 22, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Liverpool will be presented with the Premier League trophy in The Kop stand at Anfield this evening, after winning the famous league with a record seven games left to play. Fans had been urged to mark the occasion at home amid coronavirus concerns, after large crowds gathered in the city to celebrate when the title was confirmed on June 25. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 22: A detailed view of Premier League Winners medals ahead of the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield on July 22, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 22: The Premier League Trophy is dressed in Liverpool Red Ribbons ready for the presentation ceremony ahead of the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield on July 22, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 22: Jordan Henderson of Liverpool holds the Premier League Trophy aloft as the team celebrate winning the League during the presentation ceremony of the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield on July 22, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 22: (THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Liverpool team sing Youll Never Walk Alone with the Premier League Trophy between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield on July 22, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 22: (THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Mohamed Salah of Liverpool of Liverpool and Dejan Lovren of Liverpool and Xherdan Shaqiri of Liverpool with the Premier League Trophy match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield on July 22, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 22: (THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Adam Lallana of Liverpool with the Premiership Trophy the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield on July 22, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 22: (THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) James Milner of Liverpool with the Premiership Trophy the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield on July 22, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 22: Liverpool fans celebrate outside The Kop stand at Anfield stadium during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea on July 22, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Liverpool will be presented with the Premier League trophy in The Kop stand at Anfield this evening, after winning the famous league with a record seven games left to play. Fans had been urged to mark the occasion at home amid coronavirus concerns, after large crowds gathered in the city to celebrate when the title was confirmed on June 25. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
LLIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 22: Liverpool fans celebrate outside Anfield stadium as Liverpool lift the Premier League trophy after their match against Chelsea on July 22, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Liverpool were presented with the Premier League trophy in The Kop stand at Anfield this evening, after winning the famous league with a record seven games left to play. Fans had been urged to mark the occasion at home amid coronavirus concerns, after large crowds gathered in the city to celebrate when the title was confirmed on June 25 (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 22: (THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield on July 22, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 22: (THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield on July 22, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 22: (THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield on July 22, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 22: (THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Liverpool Champions of the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield on July 22, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 22: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) General view of Liverpool lifting the Premier League trophy at the end of the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield on July 22, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 22: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool and his back room staff with the Premier league trophy at the end of the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield on July 22, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 22: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Liverpool celebrate and Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool with the Premier league trophy at the end of the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield on July 22, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
(L-R) Liverpool's English defender Joe Gomez, Liverpool's Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and Liverpool's Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk pose with the Premier League trophy during the presentation following the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on July 22, 2020. - Liverpool on Wednesday lifted the Premier League trophy at the famous Kop stand at Anfield after their final home game of the season. With no fans able to attend due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Liverpool said the idea for the trophy lift was to honour the club's fans, but Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp urged fans to respect social distancing measures, after thousands gathered around the club's stadium and in the city centre following their coronation as champions last month. (Photo by PHIL NOBLE / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by PHIL NOBLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 22: (THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Liverpool Champions of the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield on July 22, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp enjoys the post-match celebrations as the team receive the Premier League trophy after the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/PA Images via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 22: Fans are seen with smoke flares in Liverpool City Centre following the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield on July 22, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (L) and Liverpool's English midfielder Adam Lallana (R) pose with the Premier League trophy during the presentation following the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on July 22, 2020. - Liverpool on Wednesday lifted the Premier League trophy at the famous Kop stand at Anfield after their final home game of the season. With no fans able to attend due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Liverpool said the idea for the trophy lift was to honour the club's fans, but Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp urged fans to respect social distancing measures, after thousands gathered around the club's stadium and in the city centre following their coronation as champions last month. (Photo by PHIL NOBLE / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by PHIL NOBLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 22: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Jordan Henderson captain of Liverpool lifting the Premier League trophy with the rest of the Liverpool team at the end of the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield on July 22, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 22: Liverpool fans celebrate outside Anfield stadium in front of fireworks from inside the stadium as Liverpool lift the Premier League trophy after their match against Chelsea on July 22, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Liverpool were presented with the Premier League trophy in The Kop stand at Anfield this evening, after winning the famous league with a record seven games left to play. Fans had been urged to mark the occasion at home amid coronavirus concerns, after large crowds gathered in the city to celebrate when the title was confirmed on June 25. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Liverpool fans with flares following their trophy presentation at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 22: Liverpool fans celebrate outside Anfield stadium as their team are presented with the Premier League trophy following their Premier League match against Chelsea, on July 22, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Liverpool were presented with the Premier League trophy in The Kop stand at Anfield this evening, after winning the famous league with a record seven games left to play. Fans had been urged to mark the occasion at home amid coronavirus concerns, after large crowds gathered in the city to celebrate when the title was confirmed on June 25. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 22: Dejan Lovren and Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrate with The Premier League trophy following the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield on July 22, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Phil Noble/Pool via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 22: (THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Liverpool Champions during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield on July 22, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 22: A detailed view of the trophy in confetti following the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield on July 22, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (L) celebrates during the Premier League trophy presentation following the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on July 22, 2020. - Liverpool on Wednesday lifted the Premier League trophy at the famous Kop stand at Anfield after their final home game of the season. With no fans able to attend due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Liverpool said the idea for the trophy lift was to honour the club's fans, but Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp urged fans to respect social distancing measures, after thousands gathered around the club's stadium and in the city centre following their coronation as champions last month. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates with the Premier League trophy after the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. (Photo by Phil Noble/PA Images via Getty Images)
Fireworks illuminate Anfield stadium as the Liverpool football team are presented with the Premier League trophy inside Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on July 22, 2020 after Liverpool's final home English Premier League football match of the season against Chelsea. - Liverpool on Wednesday lifted the Premier League trophy at the famous Kop stand at Anfield after their final home game of the season. With no fans able to attend due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Liverpool said the idea for the trophy lift was to honour the club's fans, but Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp urged fans to respect social distancing measures, after thousands gathered around the club's stadium and in the city centre following their coronation as champions last month. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 22: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates with The Premier League trophy following the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield on July 22, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 22: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) The Liverpool players celebrate during the Premier League Trophy lift after the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield on July 22, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
Liverpool players celebrate with the Premier League trophy after the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/PA Images via Getty Images)
Fireworks are set off at Anfield Stadium as they lift the Premier League Trophy. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
Liverpool fans celebrate outside Anfield as fireworks are set off as the players receive the Premier League trophy inside the ground. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 22: Liverpool players celebrate with Premier League Winner's medals following the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield on July 22, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Phil Noble/Pool via Getty Images)
Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold on the stage before the trophy presentation during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. (Photo by Phil Noble/PA Images via Getty Images)
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp recieves his medal next to the Premier League trophy during the presentation following the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on July 22, 2020. - Liverpool on Wednesday lifted the Premier League trophy at the famous Kop stand at Anfield after their final home game of the season. With no fans able to attend due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Liverpool said the idea for the trophy lift was to honour the club's fans, but Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp urged fans to respect social distancing measures, after thousands gathered around the club's stadium and in the city centre following their coronation as champions last month. (Photo by PHIL NOBLE / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by PHIL NOBLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
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Police introduced a 48-hour dispersal zone around the ground in anticipation of crowds gathering as the trophy was lifted in the empty stadium.

Much of the stadium was fenced off but by 9.45pm a large group had gathered in the road outside the Kop end with flags and flares.

Police vans lined the road and officers stood in cordons.

Fireworks were set off in the street and fans stood on hoardings.

Thousands of supporters celebrated outside Anfield last month when the team's first top-flight title in 30 years was confirmed and huge numbers gathered at the city's Pier Head the following night, where police reported violent confrontations.

Superintendent Dave Charnock said: "We're aware of the significant impact that anti-social behaviour can have on individuals and communities, and we will be targeting people we suspect of being involved in this type of behaviour in the area.

"To the vast majority of law-abiding members of the community and Liverpool fans, I just want to remind them that this order is not about bothering people going about their legitimate daily business.

"We would like to thank the vast majority of you who are adhering to the restrictions currently in place to protect the wider community as well as those who are continuing to keep an eye out for suspicious behaviour and reporting it to us.

"It has never been more important than now to ensure that we all follow Government advice to ensure the safety of those living in Merseyside."

Ahead of the match, police had joined with the club, council and supporters' group Spirit of Shankly to ask people to celebrate at home.

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