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Sports News of Friday, 21 February 2020


Liverpool coach, Jurgen Klopp, disappoints 10-year-old Manchester United fan

Wishes are made and wishes are granted but sometimes they aren't and that seems to be the case of this 10-year-old Manchester United fan, at least from Jurgen Klopp's response.

Liverpool are on course to win their first-ever Premier League trophy in 30 years, having run away at the top of the table with 22 points have not lost a league fixture so far this season.

Little Daragh Curley, 20, from County Donegal, had a class assignment but in contrast to what his classmates did, writing fan letters, the young red blood opted to send a letter to you-know-who(Jurgen Klopp).

The 10-year-old asked if it would be possible for Liverpool to lose some games so they would not win the league. [BBC]

The Glenswilly National School pupil wrote: "Liverpool are winning too many games. If you win nine more games then you have the best unbeaten run in English football. Being a United fan that is very sad.

"So the next time Liverpool play, please make them lose. You should just let the other team score. I hope I have convinced you to not win the league or any other match ever again."

As daunting as the request may be, Jurgen Klopp, surprised by the young chap's bravery, replied the letter stating that:

"Unfortunately, on this occasion, I cannot grant your request, not through choice anyway.

"As much as you want Liverpool to lose it is my job to do everything that I can to help Liverpool to win as there are millions of people around the world who want that to happen, so I really do not want to let them down."

"Luckily for you, we have lost games in the past and we will lose games in the future because that is football.

"The problem is when you are 10 years old you think that things will always be as they are now but if there is one thing I can tell you as 52 years old it is that this most definitely isn't the case."

He added that Manchester United were lucky to have Daragh as a fan and praised his passion for football and for his club.

It appeared that Klopp wasn't the only one left surprised, Daragh's dad, Gordon, told BBC he was shocked when a reply came.

"My wife Tricia was up in the local post office/shop and she was told that there was a registered letter there for Daragh Curley," he said.

"She was wondering who would be sending Daragh a registered letter, but when she mentioned it to Daragh he said 'oh it's Jurgen Klopp'.

"And it actually was Jurgen Klopp."

Mr Curley said that Klopp "seems to be an awful, awful decent individual".

"I would be a Man Utd fan myself, it's grating that Liverpool are doing so well, but behind it all, you have to respect Klopp and what he's done," Mr Curley said.

"He came across as a nice guy all along, I suppose this letter really confirms to me that he is a decent, decent guy.

"What I love about the letter is that it's about sportsmanship and respect too and I think saying that to a 10-year-old is great."

However, Mr Curley said his admiration for Klopp would not cause either himself or Daragh to switch their allegiances.

"There's reinforcement techniques ongoing just to ensure that there's no swaying from the Man Utd mandate," he said.

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