PETALING JAYA: Liverpool’s crowning as the English Premier League champion after a 30-year wait saw Religious Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Al-bakri taking to social media to show off his delight at the achievement.
The minister posted a photograph of himself on Instagram holding the iconic red Liverpool shirt, but with the name of the club written in Jawi calligraphy.
“I have been a football fan since I was a teenager and admired footballers such as (Brazilians) Pele and Socrates.
“As for Liverpool, I was a fan of players such as Kevin Keegan, Ian Rush and other legends.
“Nowadays, I admire Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino, ” he said when contacted yesterday.
The former mufti for the Federal Territories said he used to have a Liverpool corner in his previous office before moving his cherished football memorabilia into a glass display at his new office in Putrajaya.
“Most of my football memorabilia was collected over the years.
“Some were given to me by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and the Permaisuri Agong as well as members of the public after learning that I am a football fan, ” he said.
He said the Liverpool T-shirt with the Jawi calligraphy, or khat, was designed by a local company, Tantrum, to commemorate the team’s historic success.
Dzulkifli’s Instagram post garnered over 30,000 likes and comments from his followers.
The Reds claimed the Premier League title after securing a 23-point lead at the top of the table ahead of Manchester City with seven games remaining.
Among those who congratulated Liverpool for their win were Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Finance Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz, who is also a fan.