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Sven-Göran Eriksson is “in tears” as he fulfills his last wish to manage Liverpool

Sven-Göran Eriksson has finally fulfilled his lifelong dream of managing Liverpool – a wish he expressed following his terminal cancer diagnosis.

The 76-year-old former England coach made his diagnosis public in January. tells Sky News in an interview he “always wanted to be the manager of Liverpool”.

On Saturday his dreams came true when he resigned as coach of Liverpool Legends as they played Ajax in a charity match at Anfield.

After the game against Liverpool ended 4-2, Eriksson said at a post-match press conference: “This will be a huge memory in life. Absolutely beautiful.”

“Being on the bench for Liverpool has been my dream all my life. Now it happened and it was a wonderful day in every way.”

Sven-Goran Eriksson with Ian Rush and John Aldridge at the Liverpool Legends game on Saturday.  Image: PA
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Eriksson with Ian Rush and John Aldridge at the Liverpool Legends game on Saturday. Image: PA

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

“It was full of emotions, tears came to my eyes. It’s been my dream club all my life – even when I had England I supported Liverpool too, but I couldn’t say it at the time.”

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

Sven-Goran Eriksson with Steven Gerrard before the game.  Image: PA
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Eriksson with Steven Gerrard before the game. Image: PA

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He was joined on the bench by the team’s former stars John Barnes, Ian Rush and John Aldridge.

The team was captained by Steven Gerrard, who was part of the England squad when Eriksson was in charge.

Gerrard said: “It was very special that Sven was here today. When I knew he was going to be the gaffer today, I couldn’t wait to play with him one last time.”

Goran-Eriksson on the bench at Anfield
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Eriksson on the bench at Anfield. Image: PA

Eriksson also revealed that he met Jurgen Klopp for the first time on Friday before a training session.

He said: “It was a surprise, he came into the dressing room before training yesterday and said something to the team.”

Goran Eriksson and John Barnes before the game
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Eriksson and John Barnes before the game. Image: PA

Goran Eriksson is hugged by Gregory Vignal.  Image: PA
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Eriksson is hugged by Gregory Vignal. Image: PA

“A great man, a great manager who gets along very well with Liverpool and can win in Europe this season and win the Premier League. It was definitely an honor to meet him.”

A record-breaking 60,000 people attended the Legends game – the eighth annual event to date.

Previous games have raised £6.4 million for the LFC Foundation, which funds educational programs and the club’s alumni players’ association.

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