Jurgen Klopp performs his first Liverpool stunt for the upcoming season as the parade serves two purposes

The contrast in Jordan Henderson’s behavior could not have been greater. Here was the Liverpool captain, on Sunday afternoon, on top of an open-top bus, letting his hair down in front of some 500,000 supporters.

As Calvin Harris provided what was surely the most exclusive DJ set of his career at the top of the charts, Henderson could be seen celebrating the season in style.

It was difficult to imagine for those who had seen him just over 12 hours earlier in the bowels of the Stade de France where he spoke before a handful of media, including ECHO, fresh from tasting a second Champions League last defeat of his career against Real Madrid.

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A clearly emotional Henderson he looked red-eyed and understandably distressed as he tried to make sense of the night’s events, both on and off the pitch in what was to be a dark night for the club. The same applied to Andy Robertson, who admitted he feared for the safety of his friends in the family as chaos descended from the heavy-handed approach of French riot police outside the Stade de France.

Just hours later, however, Henderson and Robertson were enjoying the fruits of their domestic double labor as Liverpool bid farewell to the summer with an impressive parade to mark their FA Cup and the successes of the League Cup.

“I didn’t think it would be possible after last night, but today was one of the best days of my life.” Henderson posted on Instagram. “Thank you Reds.”

The prospect of a Sunday afternoon parade was probably unpleasant on Saturday night for many despondent figures within this Liverpool team, but the decision to go ahead despite the disappointment and sadness experienced in Paris served two purposes.

The first was for the here and now. After a 63-game campaign that he saw by Jurgen Klopp The men become the fifth team in English football to win both domestic cups in a single season, they deserve the adulation of their fans.

Those who flocked, many of them straight from Paris, were also worthy of their heroes hitting the city streets in the right mindset and ready to party.

“From the bottom of my heart,” said Virgil van Dijk, “THANK YOU! Not just for yesterday, but for the support throughout the season. I love you Reds.” Robertson added: “To the fans in Liverpool, I will never forget today’s parade. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! It means the world to the boys!”

“It’s been a long season and we couldn’t have kept fighting without you by our side. See you next season.”

Klopp added: “In no club in the world could it happen that you lose a Champions League final the night before, and people come here in the form and the mood that they have. It is absolutely exceptional. This is the best club in the world, I don’t care what anyone else thinks.”

the message of luis diazthe January signing who gave so much mid-season impetus to the four-trophy drive, was delighted to be part of the story that will unfold under Klopp for years to come.

“February 4 was the day everyone welcomed me like one of the family.” he he started. “Since that day you have shown me that I have been daydreaming, living what I have deeply desired all my life.

“And now that you have shown me that dreams come true, I assure you that we will continue to dream together. So with all that’s left to gain, let it be, because here I know I’ll never walk alone.”

And so on until next season, when perhaps the real hype of Sunday’s parade will really be felt. Rather than allow the bitterness and resentment of Saturday’s events to linger, everyone associated with the club will have the wind in their sails from the euphoria of the open-top tour of the city.

Make no mistake, the Liverpool team will want to feel this again, and they will want to do so with one or both of the Premier League and Champions League trophies when they do.

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