Thousands of fans made the pilgrimage to Anfield for the thrilling climax to a season to remember

The roar started at the top of Hanover Street near the Adelphi Hotel, and carried down through the squadrons of al fresco drinkers outside the Irish taverns. Liverpool had just scored and the noise was like the distant thunder of an approaching army. Sadio Mané watched Champions League finals not so long ago in a remote Senegalese village. Now he had just scored in one such final.

Even before the might of Real Madrid finally ended Liverpool’s European dream last night with an astonishing goal by the Welshman Gareth Bale that contributed to a 3-1 defeat, these 11 young men in red had attained an immortality of sorts.

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