‘Absolutely beautiful’: Sven-Goran sheds tears as he fulfils dream to be Liverpool manager at emotional Anfield


An emotional Sven-Goran Eriksson has described the experience as “absolutely beautiful” 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 diagnosed with terminal cancer, grew up a Liverpool supporter and revealed how being in charge of the team was something he had always wanted to do. 

That became reality as Eriksson, alongside former Reds stars Ian Rush, John Barnes and John Aldridge, oversaw a side that beat Ajax 4-2 in an LFC Foundation ‘Legends’ game on Saturday. 

The Swede admitted he had shed tears both just before the match, when he received a standing ovation from the crowd as he walked out on to the pitch, before taking in ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ with the players and coaching teams.

He was also overcome when they walked around the pitch afterwards to more applause. 

“That will be a huge memory in life. Absolutely beautiful,” he said. 

“To sit on the bench for Liverpool, that’s been my dream my whole life. Now it happened, and it was a beautiful day in all meanings. 

“The crowd, the game, the players, everything, fantastic, and thank you to Liverpool for giving me this opportunity, to invite me for such an important game. It’s not points but the importance of the game is incredible. 

“It was full of emotions, tears coming. It’s been my dream club all my life – even when I had England, I also supported Liverpool, but I couldn’t say it at that time. 

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Sven-Goran Eriksson at Anfield. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

“It’s a good finish, to finish with Liverpool, it can’t be much better than that.” 

Part of the build-up to the game for Eriksson – who said he was “quite sure” his Liverpool-supporting father had watched the match live on Swedish television – was meeting Jurgen Klopp. 

And Eriksson said of the Liverpool boss: “It was the first time I met him. It was a surprise, he came to the dressing room before training yesterday and he said something to the team. 

“A great man, great manager, doing extremely well with Liverpool and can win in Europe, win the Premier League this season. It was an honour to meet him for sure.” 

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