European Champions Liverpool welcomed back by 750,000 fans

A sizeable proportion of Merseyside's 1.5 million people and fans from around the UK and the world celebrated in Liverpool yesterday afternoon and early evening with crowds of around 750,000 at LFC's celebratory parade.

The 8 mile parade from near the airport along the outskirts of the city and then heading into the city centre took 4 hours to complete.

After passing hundreds of thousands of supporters along the route the team bus and entourage snaked towards the docks and the iconic Liver buildings where even larger crowds had congregated.  Some supporters had arrived as early as midday with the team bus completing its journey at around 8pm.

The scenes were reminiscent of the victorious celebrations of 2005 - on that occasion the bus travelled past Anfield and culminated at St George's Hall.

Although the players looked shattered after their late night exploits, and probably over-indulgence in Madrid they roused themselves plenty of times on the journey as they sang songs and proudly held the European Cup.

Manager Jurgen Klopp relaxed on the top deck waving to supporters with a beer in hand as he enjoyed the enormous turnout.

""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.

"Thank God the weather changed in a positive direction so we are having a wonderful time here. It's really special.

"I don't know exactly how many people live in Liverpool but it does not look like there is a lot of space for fans of other clubs."

"It is incredible. If you are a young kid, which do you support? There are not a lot of opportunities or options other than Liverpool"

The players social media accounts where littered with videos and images from the day as they too captured the days events.

At the end of that marathon season many LFC players will now head off for a well deserved break but some will now have to try and focus on the Nations League with their respective countries.

The reds hierachy however will begin plotting their plans for the season ahead.

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