“Several thousand people turned up at the Pier Head on Friday June 26 and some chose to ignore the social distancing guidance and risk public safety.

Liverpool fans let off flares outside the Liver Building in Liverpool (PA)

“Our city is still in a public health crisis and this behaviour is wholly unacceptable. 

“The potential danger of a second peak of COVID-19 still exists and we need to work together to make sure we don’t undo everything that has been achieved as a region during lockdown. 

“When it is safe to do so, we will all work together to arrange a victory parade when everyone can come together to celebrate. Until that time, the safety of our city and our people continues to be our number one priority.”

The statement follows Mayor Joe Anderson accusing fans of “bringing negative focus” on the club rather than celebrating the team’s achievement.

He wrote: “More in sorrow than anger, like most Liverpool fans and residents I condemn those that brought a negative focus on Liverpool FC and our City.

“The pictures, videos showing people’s behaviour is being talked about instead of the fantastic achievement of Liverpool FC. Thank you to those fans who have listened.”