Jurgen Klopp Sends Letter To Young Boy Experiencing Stress And Anxiety Over Starting Secondary School
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp wrote a heartwarming letter to a young fan who was feeling worried about starting secondary school in September - and it shows what kind of a man he is.
Lewis Balfe, an 11-year-old Liverpool fan, needed some advice from one of the world's best managers about his stress and anxiety, so he wrote to him.
The youngster asked Klopp what he does when his players feel this way and in a brilliant gesture, the 54-year-old decided to pen a lengthy letter to put his mind at ease.
"Can I tell you a secret? I get nervous," he said in his message to young Lewis.
Klopp continued, saying: "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.
"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.
"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."
Thank you #jurgenklopp for the amazing reply to my son's letter about how he handles anxiety. You have made one boy very happy! @LFC #YNWA#anxiety #Motivation https://t.co/f7EkrZaRkP- Milena Balfe :blue_heart: (@balfe_mils) October 10, 2020
Lewis's mum Milena says his son was "over the moon" with Klopp's heartfelt reply.
"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," she told The Maidenhead Advertiser.
"Lewis has always been a bit nervous and anxious, and he was a bit worried about starting school. He wrote the letter over the summer holidays and over the weekend we got a reply.
"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."
A touch of class from the Liverpool manager.
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