Ten-year-old Daragh Curley wrote to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp asking him if he could make his team lose a few games. After being charmed by the sheer cheek of a young Manchester United fan Klopp sent a personal reply.
“If you win nine more games, then you have the best unbeaten run in English football. Being a United fan that is very sad,” Daragh 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 ever again.”
Klopp wrote back to Daragh, saying: “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.”
But when on: “Luckily for you, we have lost games in the past and we will lose games in the future because that is football.
“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.”
Then on Friday night young Curley was invited on RTÉ’s Late Late Show, with special guest Roy Keane. The former United captain spoke to the Irish kid about his career and what it took to become a professional footballer.
Keane asked Curley about his dream and looked unimpressed by the response, wanting to be a professional rugby player. It caused a few giggles in the audience, as seen below:
Rugby is a growing sport in Ireland, so Keane is bound to be cautious of Republic of Ireland football teams missing out on potential talent to other sports. There is already a huge pull towards the GAA.
But hopefully young Curley changes his mind over the years and has options to play many sports professionally.
Oh, and the puppy. 😍