Juergen Klopp, the Liverpool boss, has invited Wycombe Wanderers’ Adebayo Akinfenwa to their Premier League title parade shortly after sending the forward a congratulatory message for sealing promotion to the Championship.
After Wanderers beat Oxford United in the League One play-off final at Wembley on Monday to secure their place in the English second-tier for the first time, Akinfenwa had joked in his post-match interview that Klopp could “hit me up on WhatsApp”.
The German manager had responded with a video message and said that Akinfenwa would also be part of Liverpool’s title celebration when it happens.
“He is invited for the parade, 100 per cent. I saw he was sitting in the team meeting in a Liverpool kit, which I thought was really funny,” Klopp said. “It was nice, he was obviously really happy.”
Following Monday’s game, Akinfenwa had reflected about his journey from being “technically unemployed” after helping AFC Wimbledon reach English soccer’s third tier in 2016 to being promoted to the Championship with Wanderers four years later.
“I just enjoy these kind of stories. As a player I was in similar situations,” Klopp said. “Football meant everything to me before somebody thought ‘it’s worth giving him some money for it’, and that has never changed.
“I always will love this game because you can fulfil your own dreams, it just depends on the dreams.”