Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has written a heartwarming letter to an 11-year-old Reds fan who is worried about starting secondary school later this year.
Lewis Balfe wrote to Klopp in search of advice about how to manage his stress and anxiety ahead of moving on from primary school this September.
The youngster asked the German what he does when his Liverpool players feel nervous or stressed before they play a big match.
And Klopp responded to the 11-year-old with a lengthy and heartwarming letter in an attempt to put his mind at ease ahead of his move to secondary school.
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“Can I tell you a secret? I get nervous,” Klopp wrote.
“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.
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“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.”
Klopp went on to discuss how he recovered from the finals that he has lost in his career as Liverpool boss.
“You do not need to worry about bad things happening,” he added.
“As you know, I lost more than a few finals and this isn't a good feeling but with the help of my family and friends I kept going and in the end we were able to enjoy some really good times.
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“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.”
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