Sven-Goran sheds tears as he fulfils dream to be Liverpool supervisor at emotional Anfield

An emotional Sven-Goran Eriksson has described the expertise as “completely lovely” after his long-held dream of managing Liverpool was fulfilled at a charity match at a packed Anfield.

The 76-year-old former England boss, who in January revealed he had been identified with terminal most cancers, grew up a Liverpool supporter and revealed how being in command of the group was one thing he had all the time needed to do. 

That grew to become actuality as Eriksson, alongside former Reds stars Ian Rush, John Barnes and John Aldridge, oversaw a aspect that beat Ajax 4-2 in an LFC Basis ‘Legends’ recreation on Saturday. 

The Swede admitted he had shed tears each simply earlier than the match, when he acquired a standing ovation from the group as he walked out on to the pitch, earlier than taking in ‘You’ll By no means Stroll Alone’ with the gamers and training groups.

He was additionally overcome after they walked across the pitch afterwards to extra applause. 

“That can be an enormous reminiscence in life. Completely lovely,” he mentioned. 

“To sit down on the bench for Liverpool, that’s been my dream my complete life. Now it occurred, and it was a good looking day in all meanings. 

“The group, the sport, the gamers, every thing, incredible, and thanks to Liverpool for giving me this chance, to ask me for such an necessary recreation. It’s not factors however the significance of the sport is unbelievable. 

“It was stuffed with feelings, tears coming. It’s been my dream membership all my life – even once I had England, I additionally supported Liverpool, however I couldn’t say it at the moment. 

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 23: Sven-Goran Eriksson, Manager of Liverpool Legends, applauds the fans after the team's victory during the LFC Foundation charity match between Liverpool FC Legends and AFC Ajax Legends at Anfield on March 23, 2024 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Sven-Goran Eriksson at Anfield. (Photograph by Clive Brunskill/Getty Pictures)

“It’s a superb end, to complete with Liverpool, it could actually’t be a lot better than that.” 

A part of the build-up to the sport for Eriksson – who mentioned he was “fairly positive” his Liverpool-supporting father had watched the match stay on Swedish tv – was assembly Jurgen Klopp. 

And Eriksson mentioned of the Liverpool boss: “It was the primary time I met him. It was a shock, he got here to the dressing room earlier than coaching yesterday and he mentioned one thing to the group. 

“An awesome man, nice supervisor, doing extraordinarily nicely with Liverpool and might win in Europe, win the Premier League this season. It was an honour to fulfill him for positive.” 


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