In a wonderful gesture of compassion and inclusivity, Liverpool Football Club manager Jürgen Klopp fulfilled a disabled fan's dream by inviting him to meet all the players at the club's training facility.
A heartwarming video of 12-year-old Daire Gorman meeting his favorite players has moved fans after it was posted on Instagram by Liverpool FC.
A video had previously gone viral in which the boy became emotional while listening to the club's anthem “You'll Never Walk Alone” at their home stadium, Anfield.
In a video message, the 56-year-old German manager said: “Hello Daire. I just wanted to let you know that we all saw the video of you at Anfield listening to “You'll Never Walk Alone”. The players and I were absolutely thrilled by your passion for the club and would like to do something to thank you. We would like to invite you and your family to Liverpool to meet the players and watch us train. We can't wait to see you. Daire, come here.”
Daire couldn't help the tears in his eyes after hearing the news. He and his family drove to Liverpool's training ground and he said he was grateful his dream had come true.
Klopp met the boy and hugged him. Klopp told him that he had watched his video again that morning and what he felt in that moment, he could understand it because he felt the same way in some moments. He said the song also means a lot to him. “I could really feel your emotions in that moment,” Klopp said.
Then the boy met Liverpool players like Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez. When Diaz gave him his T-shirt with his name and number on it, Daire had tears streaming down his cheeks and said he was happy.
Klopp then took his wheelchair and wheeled it around the club's facilities. While chatting to his family, Liverpool's Egyptian star Mohamed Salah also came into the room to meet Daire and posed for photos with his family.
“An emotional way to start Christmas. A day Dáire will never forget,” reads the video’s caption.
Watch the video below:
“How can you not love Klopp, his emotions, his humor and his humanity,” one user commented. “Liverpool is a great club. Klopp is a great man. Class Act Club. Plain and simple. I will always respect them for what they stand for,” said another.