A young Manchester United fan who wrote a letter to Liverpool asking them to stop winning games has been left stunned after receiving a letter back from Jurgen Klopp.
Donegal schoolboy Daragh Curley penned the letter in late January to the German footie coach as part of a school project.
But the last thing the ten-year-old expected was a lengthy reply from Klopp.
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Earlier this week Daragh’s mum Tricia was at their local post office, McFaddens in Glenswilly, when they told her they had a registered letter for her son.
When Daragh opened it he found a personally-signed letter from Klopp explaining why millions of Liverpool fans would not like his team to lose games.
In his letter, the Glenswilly National School pupil asked the Liverpool manager to take it easy on other teams.
He wrote “Liverpool are winning too many games. Being a United fan that is very sad.
“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 again.”
Daragh’s dad, local solicitor and Man Utd fan Gordon Curley, was equally stunned by the letter.
He said “I’m a United fan but I have to say I really admire Klopp. You could tell by the language he was using German phrases and it was a personal response.
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“Daragh couldn’t believe it and it was great to be able to bring it into the school and show everyone.”
In the letter back to Daragh, Klopp said he noted Daragh did not send him good luck but he was always delighted to hear from young football fans.
However, he wrote: “On this occasion, I cannot grant your request, not through choice anyway.
“It is my job to do everything 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.”
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Klopp also praised Daragh for his passion for football.
He added “Having read your letter, I think I can safely say one thing that will not change is your passion for football.
“United are lucky to have you. I hope if we are lucky enough to win more games and lift some more trophies you will not be too disappointed as although our clubs are great rivals we also share a great respect for one another. This is what football is all about. Take care and good luck, Jurgen.”
This story originally appeared in and was reproduced with permission.