Football

Jurgen Klopp sends heartwarming message to striker after history-making promotion

The striker got here on within the second half of Wycombe Wanderers’ 2-1 victory over Oxford United within the League One play-off closing, a end result which suggests Wycombe might be enjoying within the Championship subsequent season for the primary time within the membership’s historical past.

And within the post-match interview, Liverpool fan Akinfenwa requested Klopp “to hit him up on WhatsApp” in order that they may “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 considered over 1,000,000 occasions.

“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’s watching the video nonetheless in his Wycombe package 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 4 years in the past urging potential managers to “hit him up on Whatsapp” after he had scored a last-minute penalty to assist AFC Wimbledon seal promotion.

Akinfenwa was out of contract on the finish of that season in 2016 and had been advised earlier than the League Two play-off closing that his contract would not be renewed, so he mentioned he was “technically unemployed.”

As effectively as Klopp’s message, Liverpool captain Henderson and defender Virgil van Dijk each congratulated him.
The 38-year-old just lately mentioned on Instagram that he had paid a membership wonderful for wearing a Liverpool package the day after Klopp’s staff gained the English Premier League title.

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