Wycombe Wanderers’ Adebayo Akinfenwa has been handed an invitation to Liverpool’s victory parade whenever it takes the center stage.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, extended the invitation to the Nigeria born player just days after congratulating him for sealing promotion to the Championship.
After Wanderers beat Oxford United in the League One play-off final at Wembley to secure their place in the English second-tier for the first time, Akinfenwa joked in his post-match interview that he expects Klopp to “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.”
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.”
Akinfenwa has 46 goals in 152 appearances since joining Wycombe Wanderers in 2016.
The Reds officially won the Premier League at the end of June and are set to receive the trophy towards the end of July, but the traditional trophy parade that follows successful campaigns remains in doubt no thanks to coronavirus and the unending campaign against the congregation.