Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp showed a touch of class by sending a WhatsApp message to Wycombe Wanderers forward Adebayo Akinfenwa after the club’s promotion to the Championship.
Gareth Ainsworth’s side will play in the second tier of English football for the first time ever after winning 2-1 against Oxford United in the Play-Off final at Wembley on Monday night, with Akinfenwa coming off the bench late on.
It is the highest level Akinfenwa will ever have played at and the second time he has tasted Play-Off delight at Wembley, having given a famous interview after earning promotion to League One with Wimbledon back in 2016.
‘I think I’m technically unemployed now,’ said the forward, who is one of the heaviest players in the football league, four years ago. ‘So any managers hit me up on the WhatsApp and get me a job!’
He recalled that interview on Monday night with Sky Sports, saying: ‘Four years ago I stood in front of you and I was technically unemployed. Let me tell you something, the only person that can hit me up on WhatsApp this time is Klopp! So we can celebrate together, you get me?’
And after some encouragement from a few of the Liverpool players, Klopp did just that, reaching out to Akinfenwa with a late-night WhatsApp message congratulating the 38-year-old on making it to the Championship for the first time.
Akinfenwa posted his reaction to the message on Twitter, with Klopp saying: ‘Hello big man, congratulations, I watched the game but I didn’t see the post-match interviews, but Hendo [Jordan Henderson] and my players told me that you want… what did you say to say?’
‘Bruv I said hit me up on WhatsApp,’ said a delighted Akinfenwa.
‘You said to get in contact with me on WhatsApp, here we go,’ continued Klopp. ‘Congratulations! I’m pretty sure all your whole life you were 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.’
At the end of the video, Akinfenwa said: ‘Klopp you’re a legend! We did it! I told you to hit me up on WhatsApp, we celebrate together. Boom! You’ll never walk alone!’
Klopp was not the only Liverpool star to reach out to Akinfenwa, with centre-back Virgil van Dijk also messaging him on Twitter and saying: ‘What a guy! Congrats big man!’