- Eriksson revealed last month that he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer
- Liverpool have confirmed he will be part of their management team next month
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Sven-Goran Eriksson has been granted his dying wish of managing Liverpool after the club confirmed he would be part of their charity legends game next month.
The former England manager revealed last month that he has at ‘best case a year’ to live after being diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer – which he had kept secret over the past year having only previously told close family and friends.
Following his announcement, he admitted that he was a Liverpool fan and had ‘always wished to be the manager’ of the Reds.
Since then the club’s fanbase and former players including Robbie Fowler have called on him to be in the dugout when LFC legends face Ajax in a charity match next month.
Liverpool have today confirmed that they have granted the 76-year-old his wish, revealing that he will be part of a management team for the game which is to be held on March 23.
The Reds in a statement said: ‘We are delighted to confirm Sven-Goran Eriksson will be part of the LFC Legends management team for the game against Ajax Legends at Anfield, on 23 March.
‘The former England boss will join a dugout of LFC greats, including Ian Rush, John Barnes and John Aldridge, for the annual LFC Foundation charity match.
‘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.’
Former Liverpool players who have been confirmed to take part in the match include 2005 Champions League hero Jerzy Dudek, Martin Skrtel, Fabio Aurelio and Djibril Cisse, while former Reds and Ajax forward Ryan Babel will feature for both sides in the game. More legends will be announced over upcoming weeks.
Sven told Good Morning Britain it would be his dream to take one game at the helm of his boyhood club and said he had been invited to watch the game.
Asked if he would accept the offer to manage the legends side he said: ‘I would accept of course, that has always been my dream. But like it is a dream.
‘I’m not complaining I had a lot of good football teams, national teams and clubs. I’m happy anyhow.’
Eriksson after revealing he had pancreatic cancer vowed that he won’t let the disease consume his life, despite acknowledging that time is running out.
Speaking ahead of an awards dinner in his homeland last month, he said: ‘I refuse to give up, I want to live an every-day normal life.’
Current Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp also gave his approval to Eriksson having a role in next month’s legends game.
‘I heard for the first time about his admiration or love for Liverpool and that he was a fan for his whole life,’ said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp last month.
‘I heard now about the Legends [game] and stuff like that. I’m not in charge of that.
‘The only thing I can say is absolutely he’s very welcome to come here and he can sit in my seat in my office and do my job for a day if he wants. That’s no problem.
‘Being on the sideline might be a little bit more difficult. To have him here and show him everything and how this wonderful club developed over the years, I think that’s definitely something we will tell him.
‘He can come over and have a few wonderful hours here, I’m sure.’
It won’t be Eriksson’s first visit to Anfield as his England side played at the stadium against Paraguay in 2002 and Uruguay in 2006.
Before the 2006, fixture, he spoke about he was influenced by the famous Anfield boot room in his formative years in management.
He said: ‘As a young man I came here to Anfield now and then, and I visited the famous boot room.
‘Joe Fagan invited me there 30 years ago. I saw them training and I saw them play in games many times and I learned many things.
‘Joe was a very nice man and I got to know him quite well. They were always very helpful and I learned a lot. But I think all the world learned from the great Liverpool teams of that time.
‘They kept the ball, kept things simple. It was very difficult to attack them. You have one very special thing here which makes me freeze, and that’s ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ when it is sung before the teams come out.’
Eriksson was the first foreign coach to manage England and was in the dugout for their famous 5-1 victory over Germany back in 2001.
He led the side to the quarter-finals of the 2002 and 2006 World Cups as well as Euro 2004.
During his managerial career which spanned from 1977 to 2019, his best success came at Lazio where he won the Serie A title, two Coppa Italia’s, the UEFA Super Cup and UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.