A young Liverpool FC fan from Hemel Hempstead was left speechless after opening a package that contained a signed picture and a t-shirt from the club manager.
It all started when eight-year old Mason Gerrard Stickings sent a letter inviting Jurgen Klopp to visit the mini Anfield created in his garden.
A few years ago, dad Jack Stickings started transforming the garden of their council house into ‘Hemel Anfield’ using recycled materials, Hama beads and a lot of imagination.
He then set up a Facebook page this year, which attracted a lot of attention and reached over 3500 likes.
In the letter Mason wrote: “Can Jurgen Klopp visit Hemel Anfield?
“My dream is for you or one of the team to visit and play a penalty shootout with me at Hemel Anfield. If you did come can you bring a ball as my dad always kicks mine over the fence.
“My dad told me not to get my hopes up, as things like this have a one in a million chance but he has always told me to believe and chase my dreams.
“Thank you for everything Mr Klopp you are my inspiration in life.”
In a Facebook post, Jack wrote: “The post man delivered a package for Mason whilst he was at school.
“Inside was his shirt and a note from the boss with a signed picture. What a man! Unreal, things like this don’t happen. Dreams can come true – you get out of life what you put into it.”
Speaking to HemelNews, Jack added: “Mason did it more so to prove that anything can be possible and that it doesn’t always have to cost money.
“On the Facebook page, the letter was gathering momentum, people retweeted and shared the story.
“I think it’s just unreal, he obviously read the letter and with the times we’re in this is just a really positive story.
“That’s probably why it took off, for trying to prove everything is possible when it’s pretty rubbish out there.”
Hemel Anfield has also appeared in two Channel 4 documentaries – Klopp v Poch before the Champions League Final last year and, most recently, Jurgen Klopp: Germany’s Greatest Export.