Sven-Goran Eriksson

Sven-Goran Eriksson is confirmed as Liverpool Legends manager as his dying wish is granted.

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson will finally get to live out his dream of managing Liverpool. The Liverpool Legends charity team has confirmed that Sven-Goran Eriksson will be their manager for the Legends match against Ajax on March 23rd, 2024 at Anfield Stadium. This fulfils a lifelong wish for the 75-year-old Swede, who has been a Liverpool fan since childhood.

Sven-Goran Eriksson’s Liverpool Connection

Sven-Goran Eriksson’s father was a big Liverpool supporter, so Eriksson grew up cheering for the Reds as well. In a recent interview, Sven-Goran Eriksson said “My father is still alive and is still a Liverpool supporter, and I’m a Liverpool supporter as well, I’ve always been. So I always wished to be the manager of Liverpool, and that will not happen for sure, but I’m still a Liverpool fan.”

Although he managed England and top clubs like Lazio, Roma and Manchester City, Sven-Goran Eriksson never got the chance to manage his beloved Liverpool. This has been one of the biggest regrets of his decorated 40+ year managerial career.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp heard about Eriksson’s dream and admiration for the club. Klopp was touched and invited the veteran manager to visit Liverpool’s training facility in Kirkby. Sven-Goran Eriksson got to watch Liverpool train and spend the day immersed in the behind-the-scenes workings of his favourite club.

Sven-Goran Eriksson Dying Wish Granted

Tragically, Sven-Goran Eriksson revealed last month that he is suffering from terminal cancer. Doctors have given him 12 months left to live at most. Granting Eriksson’s wish to manage Liverpool has taken on special significance and urgency.

The annual Liverpool Legends charity match raises money for the LFC Foundation. Liverpool legends from years past face off against former stars of another club. This year it will be Liverpool vs Ajax Legends on March 23rd at Anfield.

Liverpool announced that the Legends team manager this year will be none other than Sven-Goran Eriksson. He will get to sit in the dugout and manage Liverpool greats like Jerzy Dudek, Djibril Cisse and others. This fulfils a lifelong dream for Eriksson amid his cancer battle.

Sven-Goran Eriksson said, “All connected with the club and LFC Foundation look forward to warmly welcoming LFC fan Sven and his family to Anfield – and seeing him in the dugout on the day – for a fantastic fundraising occasion.”

Emotional Return to Management

This will be an emotional return to management for Sven-Goran Eriksson. The 75-year-old has not managed a team since parting ways with the Philippines national team in 2019. Now facing the end of his life, getting this one last chance to manage his beloved Liverpool will certainly be special.

Seeing Eriksson in the dugout at the historic Anfield stadium, leading out Liverpool legends in front of a packed crowd, will be a poignant moment. It will represent a lifelong dream achieved for Sven-Goran Eriksson amidst his brave cancer battle.

For Liverpool fans, having such a distinguished manager as Eriksson take charge of their Legends team is also meaningful. He guided England to the World Cup quarterfinals in 2002 and 2006, their best runs since 1990. Now the Liverpool faithful will get to see his managerial magic on their team.

Sven-Goran Eriksson’s Coaching Career

Sven-Goran Eriksson has an accomplished resume across over 40 years in management. After starting his career in Sweden in the 1970s, he rose to prominence guiding clubs like Benfica, Roma and Sampdoria.

Eriksson took Sampdoria to their only Serie A league title in 1991. He then managed Lazio from 1997-2001, winning Serie A, Coppa Italia, UEFA Cup Winners Cup and UEFA Super Cup titles.

The Swede managed the England national team from 2001-2006. He led them to the World Cup quarterfinals in 2002 and 2006, their best result in 16 years.

After England, Sven-Goran Eriksson managed Manchester City from 2007-2008. He later coached Mexico, Ivory Coast, Leicester City and clubs in China and the Philippines.

Eriksson has not managed since 2019. But now he will get one last chance to sit in the dugout and manage his favorite club Liverpool in the Legends match.

Liverpool Legends vs Ajax Legends

The Liverpool Legends will take on a team of Ajax Legends at Anfield on March 23, 2024. Some Liverpool players already confirmed include:

  • Jerzy Dudek: Goalkeeper from Poland who helped Liverpool win the 2005 Champions League
  • Djibril Cisse: French striker who played for Liverpool from 2004-2006 and scored 24 goals
  • Martin Skrtel: Slovakian centre-back who made over 300 appearances for Liverpool
  • Ryan Babel: Dutch winger who played for both Liverpool and Ajax
  • Tickets are on sale now for the match. All proceeds will go to the LFC Foundation charity.

Having Sven-Goran Eriksson manage the Liverpool Legends squad makes it an even more special event. It allows a lifelong Liverpool fan to achieve his dream amid his brave cancer battle.

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