Jurgen Klopp made a young Liverpool fan’s day by responding to the fan’s letter with a heartfelt message.
Lewis Balfe, 11, of Maidenhead, Berkshire, sent his idol a letter over summer vacation expressing concerns about entering high school and Klopp responded over the weekend.
The German sent the youngster a heartfelt response, admitting that he too was “getting nervous” as he began to deal with anxiety.
Lewis Balfe, 11, received a letter from Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and he framed it
He expressed concerns about entering high school and Klopp responded over the weekend
The touching letter begins: “Hello Lewis,” May I start by telling you a secret? I am nervous.
“To be completely honest I would be worried if I didn’t get nervous because when that happens it gives me the chance to turn that energy into something positive.
“I know it might be weird for a boy your age to think the Liverpool manager can feel what you do, but me.
“From your letter it is clear that you are very caring and also very caring and when you have these qualities it is very difficult to avoid getting nervous.
“You asked me what I do when my players feel that way and the answer is simply – I remind them how important they are to me and how much I believe in them and I have no doubt that will be exactly the same for your family and you.
“You don’t have to worry about the bad things that happen.
The German boss sent the youngster a sincere response, admitting that he too was “getting nervous”
The Liverpool boss also stressed the importance of friends and family and expressed his gratitude for Lewis’ support.
“As you know I lost more than a few finals and it’s not a good feeling but with the help of my family and friends I kept going and in the end we were able to enjoy great times, ”the letter continued. .
“If I had dwelled on the bad times I know it wouldn’t have been possible so be positive about yourself and look forward to the shining moment I know you will have growing up.”
And don’t forget that you are part of the Liverpool family and that means you have millions and millions of people like you who want you to be as happy as possible.
“Your support means a lot to me and everyone at LFC, so I hope this letter shows that we support you as well. You will never walk alone. ‘
This isn’t the first time Klopp has written to a young football fan – Daragh Curley, a Manchester United fan, 10, sent a letter to the Reds boss asking them never to win again last season.
Klopp politely rejected his request but also offered words of wisdom to give fans hope
Lewis now has the letter framed and his mother Milena thanked Klopp for his response on Twitter.
“He was in heaven,” she said The Maidenhead Advertiser. “He was asking after the answer for a long time, and I was trying not to hope too much because on the website it says players and manager can’t answer every letter.
“I thought they might have sent something that had just been signed, but it was actually a pretty thoughtful letter.
“He is proud to have received it. I hope he will think about it and read it at those (nervous) moments, which he will recall there.
This is not the first time that Klopp has written to a young football fan. Daragh Curley, a 10-year-old Manchester United fan, has sent a letter to the Liverpool manager asking them to never win again last season.
Klopp, whose side ran away with the Premier League title in the last campaign, politely declined his request but also offered words of wisdom to give the young United fan hope for the future .