Champions League final: Tens of thousand of Liverpool fans gather in Paris ahead of this evening's game against Real Madrid

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Tens of thousands of Liverpool fans have gathered in Paris ahead of the Champions League final.

Supporters have braved half-term road chaos and huge queues at Dover as they travelled to France for the hotly anticipated clash with Real Madrid.

As many as 50,000 supporters, largely ticketless, began gathering early during the day, some starting the drinking from 7am, bringing traffic to a standstill as roads were closed off.

Footballs were seen being kicked into the air and banners flown while flares - which were prohibited by French authorities - were let off in the fan zone in the city.

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Liverpool's marathon season - which saw them win the FA Cup, Carabao Cup and come within a point of the Premier League title - is set to reach an epic climax at the Stade de France tonight.

Fans have been gathering in Paris on Friday and Saturday, with red shirts a common sight in the French capital.

A huge crowd broke out in a rendition of the club's famous You'll Never Walk Alone anthem before cheering club legend Kenny Dalglish on to a stage.

He told the crowd how remarkable Liverpool's season had been before fans chanted his name.

Fan John Racks, 39, from the Wirral, Merseyside, said: "Yeah, the drinking started early, the sun's out now and it's getting to my head a bit.

"I'd like to say at nearly 40 I'm careful but I kind of got lost and started drinking this morning, now I'm smashed.

"The atmosphere here is boss, the city is red."

Another said: "I'm sat here on top of some statue in Paris with my mates, there's nothing more you need. Just a few beers and hopefully a win for the Reds, lovely."

A heavy police presence is in the area, including armed officers.

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