Former Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren confessed to breaking rules by sneaking out of the team hotel to celebrate the Premier League title with fans.
Lovren helped Liverpool end a 30-year wait for league glory by securing the Premier League title by an overwhelming 18-point advantage over nearest challengers Manchester City.
The Citizens’ 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in June confirmed Jurgen Klopp’s side as champions with seven games left. No team had ever won the Premier League at such early timing beforehand.
A party naturally occurred in the Liverpool team hotel afterward, as the players basked in their success. However, Lovern took things a step further in a bid to keep the party alive.
Despite rules forbidding anyone from joining the celebrating fans outside Anfield, the Croatian snuck out of the hotel anyway.
He told Sport 24: “I did something that I don’t know if anybody knows about. You are the first person that knows.
“After the game, a lot of all the fans went to the stadium, it was a big party.
“They told us, ‘Guys don’t even go to the stadium because you will have problems, we can’t keep you safe.’
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“I said to myself, the party was almost over, ‘I don’t want to go to sleep, it’s too early, at midnight’ and I said to myself, ‘I will take the car and go to Anfield, just to experience this.’
“I drove myself there, I have a video, I put the mask on and I went there. My god, tens of thousands of people celebrating and I just wanted to feel this emotion because we didn’t have a good celebration in the stadium — it was empty.
“I needed to do it and I was really happy that I did it. It was a good experience.”
Quizzed on whether any of the supporters recognized him, Lovren replied: “Maybe three people because I put my mask down to see my phone.
“In this second like four of them saw me but it was really good.
“I was alone, nobody else. I said to Adrian I was going and he said, ‘No you’re not going, you’re lying’. I went and sent him some videos, he was like, ‘No chance you did that.’ He was so surprised.”
Lovren left Liverpool this summer to join Russian side Zenit Saint Petersburg in a €12m deal.