Singing Liverpool fans fill the streets of Paris ahead of the Champions League final
Up to 60,000 Liverpool fans traveled to Paris tonight for the Champions League final, where they took over areas of the romantic city with the performance of their anthem
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Tens of thousands of Liverpool fans have filled the streets of Paris with performances of their world-famous anthem as their team battle for their seventh European title.
The Reds meet 13-time European champions Real Madrid in a repeat of the 2018 final tonight.
Fans of the Anfield side will be hoping their side can go one better than they did that year – when they were beaten by two goalkeeping errors and a miracle goal by Gareth Bale – and take home the trophy.
Ahead of the Champions League final, a sea of red shirts has invaded the city’s Cours de Vincennes area, where a fan zone has been set up.
Traffic was brought to a standstill as 50,000 fans sang You’ll Never Walk Alone songs, football fans played and torches were hurled into the streets.
Fan John Racks, 39, from the Wirral, Merseyside, said: “Yes the drinking started early, the sun is shining now and I’m feeling a bit heady.
“I’d like to say I’m cautious at almost 40 but I kinda got lost and started drinking this morning, now I’m crushed.
“The atmosphere here is boss, the city is red.”
Another said: “I’m sitting here with my buddies on a statue in Paris, that’s all you need.
“Just a few beers and hopefully a win for the Reds, nice.”
Supporter Luke Queens, 23, said: “I’m really nervous, have faith in the team but it’s a final isn’t it?
“I hope the beer calms my nerves until then, we need the first goal.”
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Many of the fans turned up despite not owning Stade de France tickets, some of which have fetched £9,000.
It was previously reported that a group of Liverpool supporters used a dinghy to cross the English Channel before Champions League Final in Paris.
Paddy OToole’s 12 pals hired a boat to travel to Saint Malo, France, after their easyJet flight to Paris was cancelled amid the airline’s software outage .
They left Huyton, Merseyside and managed to catch a flight to Jersey where Paddy lives before taking a boat across the water.
And this despite the fact that none of the fans have a ticket for the big draw.
Speak with Liverpool echo Paddy said: “My boy Patrick’s pals Adam and Tom Dring, who are from Huyton, had their EasyJet flight canceled so their father rushed them to Heathrow to try and catch a flight but there was nothing.
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“They got a flight to Jersey at the last minute and met up with us and asked if we could take them to France.”
Liverpool reached the final on a near-perfect run, winning their six group games before beating Inter Milan, Benfica and then Villarreal in the knockout stages.
Madrid’s route has been significantly less smooth, with more than its fair share of memorable comebacks.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/singing-liverpool-fans-fill-streets-27090465 Singing Liverpool fans fill the streets of Paris ahead of the Champions League final