Liverpool celebrates Champions League win with bus parade

Britain_Champions_League_Soccer_Parade_74192 Liverpool's Dejan Lovren, left, and Mohamed Salah ride an open top bus during the Champions League Cup Winners Parade in Liverpool, England, Sunday June 2, 2019. Liverpool is champion of Europe for a sixth time after beating Tottenham 2-0 in the Champions League final played in Madrid Saturday.
Britain_Champions_League_Soccer_Parade_22295 Fans look on as Liverpool soccer team ride an open top bus during the Champions League Cup Winners Parade through the streets of Liverpool, England, Sunday June 2, 2019. Liverpool is champion of Europe for a sixth time after beating Tottenham 2-0 in the Champions League final played in Madrid Saturday.
Britain_Champions_League_Soccer_Parade_51738 Fans watch as smoke from flares engulf the scene while Liverpool soccer team ride an open top bus during the Champions League Cup Winners Parade through the streets of Liverpool, England, Sunday June 2, 2019. Liverpool is champion of Europe for a sixth time after beating Tottenham 2-0 in the Champions League final played in Madrid Saturday.
Britain_Champions_League_Soccer_Parade_76851 Liverpool soccer team ride an open top bus during the Champions League Cup Winners Parade through the streets of Liverpool, England, Sunday June 2, 2019. Liverpool is champion of Europe for a sixth time after beating Tottenham 2-0 in the Champions League final played in Madrid Saturday.
Britain_Champions_League_Soccer_Parade_78209 Fans gather to watch as Liverpool soccer team ride an open top bus during the Champions League Cup Winners Parade through the streets of Liverpool, England, Sunday June 2, 2019. Liverpool is champion of Europe for a sixth time after beating Tottenham 2-0 in the Champions League final played in Madrid Saturday.
Britain_Champions_League_Soccer_Parade_54843 Fans gain vantage points to watch as Liverpool soccer team ride an open top bus during the Champions League Cup Winners Parade through the streets of Liverpool, England, Sunday June 2, 2019. Liverpool is champion of Europe for a sixth time after beating Tottenham 2-0 in the Champions League final played in Madrid Saturday.
Britain_Champions_League_Soccer_Parade_37741 Liverpool soccer team manager Jurgen Klopp, rides an open top bus during the Champions League Cup Winners Parade in Liverpool, England, Sunday June 2, 2019. Liverpool is champion of Europe for a sixth time after beating Tottenham 2-0 in the Champions League final played in Madrid Saturday.
Britain_Champions_League_Soccer_Parade_88454 Liverpool soccer fans line the route for the Champions League Winners Parade in Liverpool, England, Sunday June 2, 2019. Liverpool is champion of Europe for a sixth time after beating Tottenham 2-0 in the Champions League final played in Madrid Saturday.
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LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of fans welcomed Liverpool back to Merseyside as the team paraded its Champions League trophy through the city center on Sunday.

Manager Juergen Klopp and his players flew home to Liverpool John Lennon Airport before boarding an open-top bus emblazoned with the message, “Champions of Europe.”

Holding aloft the European Cup, Liverpool’s players were met by a sea of red as they embarked on a tour of the city center. Huge crowds of Liverpool fans wearing the team’s jersey and flying flags packed out roadsides, chanting and singing in the sunshine.

Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-0 in the all-English final in Madrid on Saturday.

A spokeswoman for Liverpool City Council estimated half a million fans turned out for the victory parade. Merseyside Police later put the number at closer to 750,000.

People crammed the 13-kilometer (8-mile) stretch of the parade route — which took almost 4 hours to cover — some holding inflatable European Cups and letting off smoke canisters.

Klopp sat at the back of the bus, occasionally giving the impression of a teacher on a school outing, but he was far from the party pooper, often jumping out of his seat to give a thumbs-up, a wave or a hearty laugh.

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