Reds’ boss pens let­ter from heart to Joost’s son

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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.

PIC­TURE: EPA

TOUCHED: Liver­pool boss Jür­gen Klopp

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