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Soccer coach's beautiful letter to little boy with anxiety is a lesson in kindness and inclusivity

Liverpool FC's manager, Jurgen Klopp, offered encouragement to a young fan who needs help dealing with anxiety.

Soccer coach's beautiful letter to little boy with anxiety is a lesson in kindness and inclusivity
Cover Image Source: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp waves to the fans after winning the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Liverpool FC at Gtech Community Stadium on February 17, 2024, in Brentford, England. (Photo by Gaspafotos/MB Media/Getty I

A few words of support can go a long way in making a person feel better about themselves. This is especially the case for people suffering from anxiety, as they seem to think that everything in the world seems to be working against them. The English soccer community has been very kind to fans of the sport, often going to great lengths to make their day better. A Reddit post by u/tesut showcases a letter written by Jurgen Klopp, manager of the famed Premier League club Liverpool FC, to a young boy grappling with anxiety. Klopp's letter has gone viral on the platform with over 6K upvotes and 163 comments.

The letter, addressed to a boy named Lewis, begins with the manager stating that he wants to share a secret with him. Klopp openly states that he, too, gets nervous many times during his work but that he would be worried if he did not get nervous. He explains how getting nervous allows him to "turn that energy into something positive." He writes, "I know it might be strange for a boy of your age to think that the Liverpool manager can feel the way that you do, but I do." Klopp goes on to acknowledge the letter the boy had sent him, mentioning how it was evident from his words that he was a caring and thoughtful child.

Image Source: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool celebrates a goal on the sidelines during the Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final between Manchester United and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford on March 17, 2024 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Image Source: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool celebrates a goal on the sidelines during the Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final between Manchester United and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford on March 17, 2024, in Manchester, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

He kindly points out that people with such qualities are often burdened with anxiety. It turns out that the boy wanted advice from Klopp on how to handle being nervous. Klopp states, "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." The manager reminds the little boy that he should not be worried about bad things happening.



 

 

Image Source: Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool, during the Carabao Cup Final match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on February 25, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by James Gill - Danehouse/Getty Images)
Image Source: Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool, during the Carabao Cup Final match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on February 25, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by James Gill - Danehouse/Getty Images)

He shares how his club had faced defeat at more than a few finals and that it was not a good feeling to experience. Nevertheless, he persevered and kept working, which allowed him to enjoy the sport and all that it had to offer. Klopp highlights how he chose not to dwell on the bad moments as that would only make him more anxious. He uses this to advise the boy to think positively and look forward to the whole process of growing up. The manager expressed that the boy was a part of the Liverpool family and that he had millions of people who wanted him to be as happy as he could be.

The heartwarming letter concluded with Klopp writing, "Your support means a lot to me and everyone at LFC, so I hope that this letter shows that we support you too. You'll never walk alone." People on the platform found the letter quite touching and shared their thoughts about it in the comment section. u/Time-Box128 commented, "I don't know anything about football, but I'm seriously crying. This is so kind." u/flamebetalkin said, "Not only a great coach but also a great person. I'm not ready for his departure at the end of the season.

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