Jurgen Klopp has sent a morale-boosting letter to a young Liverpool fan who had written to the Reds manager because he felt nervous about starting secondary school.
Lewis Balfe, an 11-year-old Liverpool fan from Maidenhead, wrote to the German ahead of starting secondary school last month.
Klopp was clearly struck by the message he received over the summer and responded with a very kind letter of his own to put the youngster’s worries at bay.
The letter, in full, read: ‘Hello Lewis, Can I start by telling you a secret? I get nervous.
‘To be totally honest, I would be worried if I did not get nervous because when it happens it gives me the chance to turn that energy into something positive.
‘I know it might be strange for a boy of your age to think that the Liverpool manager can feel the way you do but I do.
‘From your letter it is clear that you are a very thoughtful and also very caring and when you have these qualities it is very hard to avoid getting nervous.
‘You asked me what I do when my players feel this way and the answer is simply – I remind them of how important they are to me and how much I believe in them and I have no doubt that it will be exactly the same for your family and you.
‘You do not need to worry about bad things happening.
‘If I had dwelled on the bad moments I know that this would not have been possible so please be positive about yourself and look forward to the brilliant time that I know you will have growing up.
‘And don’t forget that you are part of the Liverpool family and this means that you have millions and millions of people just like you who want you to be as happy as you can be.
‘Your support means a lot to me and everyone at LFC so I hope that this letter shows that we support you too. You’ll Never Walk Alone.’
Lewis’ mum Milena told the Maidenhead Advertiser: ‘He was over the moon.
‘He had been asking after the reply for a long time, and I was trying not to get his hopes up too much because on the website it says the players and manager can’t reply to every letter.
‘I thought they might have sent something over that was just signed, but it was actually quite a thoughtful letter.
‘He’s got a sense of pride that he’s received it. I hope that he’ll reflect on it and read it at those (nervous) moments, that he’ll call back on it.’