After helping secure his side’s historic promotion to the second tier of English football, Adebayo Akinfenwa said he only wanted to celebrate with one person – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.
The striker came on in the second half of Wycombe Wanderers’ 2-1 victory over Oxford United in the League One play-off final, a result which means Wycombe will be playing in the Championship next season for the first time in the club’s history.
And in the post-match interview, Liverpool fan Akinfenwa asked Klopp “to hit him up on WhatsApp” so that they could “celebrate together.” The German duly obliged.
“Hello big man. Congratulations. I watched the game but I didn’t see the post-match interviews but Hendo (Jordan Henderson) or my players told me to get in contact with you on WhatsApp so here we go,” Klopp said in a video posted by Akinfenwa on social media, which has been viewed over a million times.
“Congratulations! I’m pretty sure your whole life you wanted to be at least a Championship player and now, finally, you are there. Well done. Great, great victory. Even in these strange times I hope you celebrate appropriately.”
In the video Akinfenwa posted on Twitter, he is watching the video still in his Wycombe kit and replied to the video saying: “Come on! Klopp you’re a legend! We did it, I told you it would be up on WhatsApp, we celebrate together. You’ll never walk alone! Beast mode!”
The origin of the video stems from an interview Akinfenwa gave four years ago urging prospective managers to “hit him up on Whatsapp” after he had scored a last-minute penalty to help AFC Wimbledon seal promotion.
Akinfenwa was out of contract at the end of that season in 2016 and had been told before the League Two play-off final that his contract wouldn’t be renewed, so he said he was “technically unemployed.”
As well as Klopp’s message, Liverpool captain Henderson and defender Virgil van Dijk both congratulated him.
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The 38-year-old recently said on Instagram that he had paid a club fine for wearing a Liverpool kit the day after Klopp’s team won the English Premier League title, something Klopp saw and thought was “really funny.”
And after receiving his own video reply from Akinfenwa – the contents of which would “stay private,” said Klopp – the former Borussia Dortmund manager said that Akinfenwa was invited to Liverpool’s title-winning celebrations.
“He is invited for the parade! I saw before the video when he was sitting in the team meeting in a Liverpool kit, I thought that was really funny. He responded to the video, it was nice, he was really happy,” Klopp told reporters. “I just enjoy these kinds of stories.”