Faf du Plessis has admitted a chance encounter with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp in Cape Town has made him a fan of the former German footballer.
Du Plessis was dining with Ruby World Cup-winning captain Siya Kolisi at a local restaurant last month where he crossed paths with Klopp, on a private visit to South Africa.
Kolisi, a long-time Liverpool supporter, was immediately smitten by Klopp's presence and du Plessis described their meeting as a "man-crush moment" for the Springboks player.
Klopp also expressed admiration for Kolisi's leadership skills having watched him lead South Africa all the way towards their third World Cup win.
When asked about whether Klopp managed to recognise du Plessis, the right-handed batsman had no hesitation in giving a curt answer.
"No," he said ahead of the first Test against England starting Thursday. "But he said he watches cricket. The Liverpool guys watched the Cricket World Cup and saw how well England did."
Although not a big fan of football, du Plessis said the brief meeting with Klopp left a lasting impression on him.
"For someone to be that famous, he is a great guy and that’s what I believe real leadership is about. It’s about connecting with people, having great relationships with people, so I became a massive fan."
The Proteas skipper may well be moved to borrow a leaf out of Klopp's book given the latter's stint as Liverpool manager has reaped rewards for the English football club.