Liverpool fans celebrating title urged to return home amid COVID-19 worries

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS PROFANE LANGUAGE DURING FAN CELEBRATIONS IN SHOT 21

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VIDEO SHOWS: LIVERPOOL FANS AT THE CITY'S PIER HEAD, TWEETS FROM MERSEYSIDE POLICE AND LIVERPOOL MAYOR, RECENT FOOTAGE OF LIVERPOOL CHAMPIONS MERCHANDISE, NEWSPAPER HEADLINES, EXTERIORS OF ANFIELD, MURAL OF LIVERPOOL MANAGER, JUERGEN KLOPP, LIVERPOOL FANS CELEBRATING OUTSIDE ANFIELD ON JUNE 25

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JUNE 26, 2020) (PAUL KALLEE GROVER - MUST ON-SCREEN COURTESY PAUL KALLEE GROVER)

1. LIVERPOOL FANS AT THE CITY'S PIER HEAD, SOME HOLDING RED FLARES

INTERNET (JUNE 26, 2020) (SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE)

2. MESSAGE POSTED ON MERSEYSIDE POLICE'S TWITTER PAGE, READING (English): "A SECTION 34 DISPERSAL ORDER HAS BEEN ISSUED AROUND THE LIVERPOOL CITY CENTRE (SEEN ON MAP) UNDER THE ASB, CRIME AND POLICING ACT 2014 FOLLOWING LARGE GATHERINGS IN THE AREA THIS EVENING. THE ORDER WILL BE IN PLACE UNTIL 28TH JUNE", MAP SHOWING WHERE THE AREA AFFECTED BY THE DISPERSAL ORDER

3. MESSAGE POSTED ON MAYOR OF LONDON, JOE ANDERSON'S TWITTER PAGE, READING (English): "I AM REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT SCENES AT PIER HEAD TONIGHT. I APPRECIATE #LFC FANS WANT TO CELEBRATE BUT PLEASE, FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY, AND THAT OF OTHERS, GO HOME AND CELEBRATE AT HOME. COVID-19 IS STILL A MAJOR RISK AND OUR CITY HAS ALREADY LOST FAR TOO MANY PEOPLE TO THE ILLNESS"

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JUNE 26, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

4. SCARF, READING (English) "THANK YOU JURGEN"

5. VARIOUS OF LIVERPOOL FOOTBALL CLUB MERCHANDISE IN STREET SHOP

6. VARIOUS OF BRITISH NEWSPAPERS FROM JUNE 26

7. DAILY MAIL HEADLINE READING (English) "LIVERPOOL TOP OF THE KLOPPS!!"

8. DAILY MIRROR HEADLINE READING (English) "CHAMPIONS"

9. CAPTION ON DAILY MIRROR HEADLINE READING (English) "LIVERPOOL WIN LEAGUE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 30 YEARS" "FANS JOY AS MAN CITY DEFEAT ENDS LONG WAIT"

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JUNE 25, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

10. VARIOUS OF KENNY DALGLISH STAND AT ANFIELD STADIUM

11. SHANKLY GATES

12. CREST ON SHANKLY GATES

13. LIVERPOOL FLAG

14. VARIOUS OF JUERGEN KLOPP MURAL

15. VARIOUS OF PERSON USING POWER HOSE OUTSIDE MAIN STAND OF THE ANFIELD STADIUM

16. WOMAN WALKING OUTSIDE THE ANFIELD STADIUM IN T -SHIRT, READING (English) "CHAMPIONS"

17. EXTERIOR OF ANFIELD STADIUM

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JUNE 25, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

18. FANS LIFTING UP REPLICA PREMIER LEAGUE TROPHY

19. VARIOUS OF FANS CHANTING

20. LIVERPOOL FLAG, FIREWORKS

21. FANS CHANTING

22. WOMAN WAVING LIT FLARE

34. VARIOUS OF FANS OUTSIDE KOP-END SIDE OF ANFIELD

STORY: Fans gathering at the Liverpool city centre for a second night in a row to celebrate their team's Premier League title win have been urged to return to their homes due to fears of a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Liverpool's 30-year wait for their 19th English top-flight title ended on Thursday after second-placed Manchester City were beaten by Chelsea.

Thousands of fans turned up at Anfield stadium on Thursday (June 25) to celebrate the win, and Merseyside Police issued a dispersal order on Friday (June 26) after crowds gathered for a second consecutive night at the city centre near the Mersey Ferry terminal.

The police said on Twitter that the order would remain in force until Sunday (June 28).

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson urged fans to return home after pictures of the crowd near the Mersey Ferry terminal emerged on social media.

"I am really concerned about scenes at Pier Head tonight. I appreciate LFC fans want to celebrate but please, for your own safety, and that of others, go home and celebrate at home," Anderson said on Twitter.

"COVID-19 is still a major risk and our city has already lost far too many people to the illness."

Britain has one of the world's highest death tolls from the novel coronavirus. The country has reported more than 309,000 infections and over 43,400 deaths as of 0600GMT on Saturday (June 27).

(Production: Tim Hart)