Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp has surprised a young Manchester United fan from Co Donegal by responding to the 10-year-old’s appeal to lose some games.
As part of a school project, Daragh Curley wrote to the Liverpool manager to express his displeasure at the side’s dominance of the English Premier League.
“Liverpool are winning too many games,” he wrote.
“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.”
Unfortunately, for Daragh – and other Man United fans – Klopp could not grant the request.
But his warm, gracious response, while probably not enough to convert rival fans, has won him a lot of respect.
“As much as you want Liverpool to lose, it is my job to do everything I can to help Liverpool 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,” Klopp wrote.
“Luckily for you, we have lost games in the past and we will lose games in the future because that is football.”
Liverpool are enjoying an incredible run of form that sees them sit top of the Premiership table, 22 points clear of nearest rivals Manchester City.
Manchester United trail them by 38 points to sit in seventh place.
Klopp added that he could safely say one thing that would not change was Daragh’s passion for football and for his team.
“Manchester United are lucky to have you,” the German native wrote.
“I hope that if we are lucky enough to win more games and maybe even lift some more trophies, you will not be too disappointed because although our clubs are great rivals, we also share a great respect for one another.
“This, to me, is what football is all about.”
Speaking about the letter at a press conference on Friday, Klopp said he gets a lot of letters and it is impossible to respond to them all, but that one was just “nice and cheeky”.
He added: “I don't think everyone has to be a Liverpool fan.
“I like working for Liverpool and I like the rivalry we have, but I love even more if we can keep that on the pitch.
“They can be happy and we should be happy and I hope that Daragh is now happy.”