Reds’ boss pens letter from heart to Joost’s son
LIVERPOOL manager Jürgen Klopp left the son of South African rugby legend Joost van der Westhuizen “speechless” after responding to a heartfelt letter written by the boy following his father’s death from motor neurone disease (MND) in February.
Klopp sent 13-year-old Jordan, who like his father is an ardent Liverpool fan, a team jersey signed by the squad and a message in which he praised the youngster’s courage in the face of personal tragedy.
In his letter, penned days after his father’s death, Jordan celebrated his father’s talent and also spoke of their shared love for Liverpool. “Dear daddy, thank you for everything, but most of all ‘be the best that you can be’. You are the best rugby player in the world! I want to be the best sportsman like you’ because you said I must work hard! I will always love you to the moon and back. Daddy, please tell God that Liverpool must win. You will never walk alone. I love you so much.”
Klopp responded with a message of his own: “We know your daddy was a huge fan of Liverpool and we’re pleased he shared his passion with you. The letter you wrote to him meant a lot to us. We hope you will have happy memories of the time you spent with him watching Liverpool. You’ll never walk alone.”
Jordan’s mother, Amor Vittone, said her son was overjoyed by the gesture from Klopp and the Anfield club.
“What a huge surprise Jordan received today. A signed Liverpool jersey by the players with the authenticity card of Liverpool FC and a personalised letter written from Jürgen Klopp!” Vittone said. – Reuters
OVERJOYED: Joost van der Westhuizen’s son Jordan with the Liverpool team jersey.
TOUCHED: Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp