Klopp sends letter to 11-year-old gripped by anxiety

Date published: Monday 12th October 2020 3:40

Jurgen Klopp TEAMtalk

Jurgen Klopp has sent a heart-warming letter to an 11-year-old fan who wrote to the Liverpool manager about the stress and anxiety he had over starting secondary school.

Liverpool supporter Lewis Balfe was having concerns about moving to a new school in September and the German took time out to send him some advice.

Klopp wrote: “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 stranger for a boy of your age to think that the Liverpool manager can feel the way that you do but I do.

“From your letter it is clear that you are 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 simple – 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 with 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 happy as you can be.

“Your support means a lot to me and to everyone at LFC so I hope that this letter shows that we support you too.”

No new keeper


Meanwhile, Klopp has made his mind up regarding The Reds’ potential pursuit of a new goalkeeper brought about by Alisson’s untimely injury.

Liverpool made a perfect start to their Premier League title defence, registering three victories from their first three matches.

An injury suffered by Alisson during a training ground collision caused disruption for the champions, however, with Sadio Mane and Thiago Alcantara’s positive Covid tests weakening their starting XI further.

A shock 7-2 demolition at the hands of Aston Villa resulted, with Adrian coming in for criticism for his display in the heavy defeat.

Regular stopper Alisson is only expected to miss four to six weeks through injury. However, his absence could include the club’s crucial league clash with Man City at the start of November.

Rumours had begun to swirl that Klopp would act to improve on his current back-up options.


However, The Mirror has gone on record as stating no new goalkeepers will be arriving at Anfield with Klopp reportedly ‘happy’ with the players currently at his disposal.

The article claims that the German ‘feels Adrian was not to blame’ for their embarrassing defeat at Villa. Furthermore, he is described as being ‘pleased with the Spaniard’s performances’ since his arrival in 2019.


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