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Daragh Curley (10), with Man City-supporting brother Dylan, told Klopp that Liverpool were winning too often

Daragh Curley (10), with Man City-supporting brother Dylan, told Klopp that Liverpool were winning too often

Daragh Curley (10), with Man City-supporting brother Dylan, told Klopp that Liverpool were winning too often

A young soccer fan who wrote a personal letter to Liverpool FC asking them to stop winning games has been left stunned after receiving a letter back from Jurgen Klopp.

Donegal schoolboy Daragh Curley wrote the letter in late January to the manager as part of a school project.

However, the last thing the 10-year-old Manchester United fan was expecting was a lengthy reply from the man himself.

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.

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When Daragh opened the envelope he found a personally signed letter from Klopp explaining why millions of Liverpool fans would not like his team to lose games.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

In the letter, the Glenswilly National School pupil asked the Liverpool manager to take it easy on other teams.

"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," he wrote.

"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 again."

Daragh's dad, Man Utd fan Gordon Curley, was equally stunned by the personal letter.

"I'm obviously a Man Utd fan but I have to say I really admire Klopp. What I really liked about the letter to Daragh was that it was personal," he said.

"You could tell by the language that he was using German phrases and that it was a personal response."

In his reply, Klopp said that he noted Daragh did not send him good luck but he said he was always delighted to hear from young football fans.

However, he wrote: "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.

"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."

Klopp also praised him for his passion for football and said that was the best thing to have.

"Having read your letter, though, I think I can safely say that one thing that will not change is your passion for football and your club. Manchester United are lucky to have you," he added.

"I hope that if we are lucky enough to win more games and maybe even lift more trophies you will not be too disappointed because although our clubs are great rivals we also share great respect for one another.

"This, to me, is what football is all about. Take care and good luck, Jurgen."


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