LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom — Liverpool’s celebrations shifted to its home city on Sunday as tens of thousands of fans greeted the team that beat Tottenham to win the Champions League finals in Madrid the night before.
You see in their eyes how much it means. It’s unbelievable and it’s so intense
Supporters turned Liverpool into a sea of red as the open-top bus carrying coach Jurgen Klopp and his victorious players edged through the city.
“You see in their eyes how much it means. It’s unbelievable and it’s so intense. Today, wow! It’s crazy,” Klopp told LFC TV.
“I cannot really describe it because I cried a little bit as well because it’s so overwhelming what the people are doing.”
“When you have a direct eye contact and you see how much it means to them that’s touching to be honest. It’s brilliant.”
“I’m ecstatic and hangover at the same time — the best type of hangover,” said Peter Broad, a social housing worker and Liverpool native who was lining the route.
Liverpool became champion of Europe for a sixth time when Mohamed Salah’s second-minute penalty and Divock Origi’s late strike secured a 2-0 win in the sweltering Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid.
It was a first trophy of any sort in seven years for the club and banished the memories of last year’s bitter defeat to Real Madrid in the final in Kiev.
The win also represented a personal triumph for Klopp, who finally snapped his run of six straight losses in cup finals.
“We were all pretty much crying on the pitch, because it was so emotional, it was so big, it means so much to us,” Klopp said.
Celebrations ran late into Saturday night in the Spanish capital and in Liverpool as ecstatic supporters danced drunkenly in the streets and the club anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone” rang out.