Sven-Goran Eriksson: Managing Liverpool at Anfield ‘like a dream’

Sven-Goran Eriksson has described the opportunity to finally manage Liverpool at Anfield as a “dream”.

The 76-year-old, who is suffering from terminal pancreatic cancer, revealed today that he had once held talks over becoming Liverpool’s manager but they did not lead anywhere.

Instead, Eriksson has accepted an invitation to take charge of LFC legends against Ajax on Saturday in a match which will raise funds for the LFC Foundation.

“It is like a dream,” Eriksson said. “I could never have dreamt about that but when I was a manager I always dreamt about Liverpool. It was close once, there were some discussions, many years ago. It never happened, but now it happens. When they asked me I thought it was a joke.”

Erikkson revealed in January that he had been diagnosed with cancer and that he had about a year to live. He also admitted his lifelong affection for Liverpool and it led to him receiving an invite from manager Jurgen Klopp and the club to be a part of the event.

A Liverpool supporter because of his father, the Swede has been in the opposition dugout at Anfield on numerous occasions. A sell-out crowd of 59,655 will be in attendance to see Eriksson, who enjoyed a successful managerial career spanning 40 years, take control of what will likely be his last game in management.

“You’ll Never Walk Alone is magic,” he said. “It (Anfield) must be the best atmosphere in the world. Part of it is the song when the players come out. It makes me like this (points to goosebumps on arm) even today and I’ve seen it live so many times on the television. The atmosphere is incredible.”

“I’m looking forward to it. The result, it is important if we win but it isn’t that important. What is important is the event itself and I’m very honoured and thankful to Liverpool that they gave me this opportunity and it is amazing because I never worked for Liverpool.

“Of course you miss it (managing), but I realised that I am of a certain age and at my age you should not be managing. It’s ok, what I have done, I have done. Now it’s over, almost – this will be the last game I suppose, so that’s great.”

The eighth annual legends match will feature former players including Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres and Sami Hyypia, while Ajax will boast the talents of Jari Litmanen, Nwankwo Kanu and Rafael van der Vaart.

The event will be aiming to raise funds for the club’s foundation, which helped support 123,000 individuals last season. Previous matches have raised over £6.4million.

(Khaled Desouki/AFP via Getty Images)

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