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Joe Anderson responds to criticism over Liverpool Champions League parade route

Liverpool Echo logo Liverpool Echo 17/05/2018 18:44:55 Liam Thorp

Mayor Joe Anderson has responded to complaints about plans for a potential Champions League victory parade if Liverpool win in Kiev.

Hundreds of Reds are unhappy with the proposals , which would see a parade take place from midday on Sunday May 27 - just hours after the team's match in Kiev has finished.

This would make it very difficult for thousands of fans who will have travelled to watch the match to be present for the event.

Mayor Anderson - a lifelong Everton fan - announced the plans for the event on Twitter, stating that all of Liverpool was behind Jurgen Klopp's side.

But his tweet was instantly met by a barrage of anger from the many fans who are worried that they will not be able to be present to see their side parade the famous trophy through the city, if they are able to overcome Real Madrid.

Tweeting the mayor directly, the Village Hotel FC account asked: "Do you not think that's bang out of order? The Reds travelling to Kiev have absolutely zero time to get home and enjoy the homecoming parade if it happens. Selfish act from both Liverpool council and Liverpool football club."

Another user said: "You'd think they'd do it on the Monday. Give the people who bothered going over time to get back and see it."

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But Mayor Anderson responded, by explaining that it was the Anfield club who had made the decision about the timing of the parade.

He tweeted: "Date was chosen at club's request. Any day will have its challenges but should this come off it will be a great day for the city."

In a further tweet, he added: "I repeat it was not my choice, LFC requested because of player commitments and flights Sunday, so we did as asked. I understand many fans will be disappointed."

But it is not just the timing of the potential parade that has upset many Reds fans.

There are many who are unhappy about the route that a victorious Liverpool bus would take.

a man standing in front of a crowd: Credits: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images © Provided by Trinity Mirror PlcCredits: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

Under the plans, the bus carrying the team would start at the junction of Parliament Street and The Strand, travelling along the main road and up Leeds Street.

It would then journey along Hunter Street, Islington and Erskine Street, before heading on to West Derby Road and finishing near to the Liverpool Olympia.

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This differs from previous Reds victory parades, which incorporated Queens Drive, St George's Hall and Anfield.

The potential parade will take place when the city is already hosting two major events, the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta and the Bordeaux Wine Festival.

The ECHO has contacted the city council to ask for an explanation as to why this particular route has been chosen.

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