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Tens of thousands of Liverpool fans gather in Paris ahead of Champions League final

Paris has seen tens of thousands of Liverpool fans gather in anticipation of the Champions League final.

Supporters braved half-term traffic chaos and long queues at Dover to travel to France for the highly anticipated clash with Real Madrid.

Many supporters, mostly ticketless, started gathering early in the day. Some began drinking as early as 7am. Traffic was halted as the roads were closed.

The fans zone was filled with flares and footballs that were banned by French authorities.

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Image Red smoke flares were seen by the Eiffel Tower

The Stade de France will host an epic finale to Liverpool’s marathon season, which saw them win Carabao Cup, FA Cup and just one point from the Premier League title.

Red shirts are a common sight in Paris, where fans have been gathering on Friday and Saturday.

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The club’s iconic You’ll Never Walk Alone anthem was sung by a large crowd before Kenny Dalglish, club legend, took to the stage.

He spoke to the crowd about how incredible Liverpool’s season was before his name was chanted.

Image Liverpool supporters in a bar close to Gare du Nord in Paris

Fan John Racks (39), from the Wirral in Merseyside said that the drinking began early and the sun is out now, which is getting to his head.

“I would like to say that I am careful at almost 40, but I got lost and started drinking this morning. Now I’m totally smashed.

“The city is red, and the atmosphere is great.”

Image Parisian fans gather for Liverpool v Real Madrid Champions League Finale – Paris, France

Another commented, “I’m sitting here on top Paris’s statue with my friends, all you need is a few beers and hopefully a win for the Reds. A few beers, and hopefully a win by the Reds.

There is a large police presence in the area, with armed officers.

Image This match is the culmination of a marathon football season that saw Liverpool win the FA Cup, Carabao Cup, and get within one point of the Premier League title

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