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23rd Mar 2024

Liverpool come back to win 4-2 as Sven-Goran Eriksson’s dying wish comes true

Joseph Loftus

It was emotional from start to finish.

Liverpool came back from two-nil down to win 4-2 against Ajax as Sven-Goran Eriksson fulfilled his dying wish of managing the Reds at Anfield.

It’s the first time that the 76-year-old managed the Reds, and he described the honour as being “like a dream”.

In the post-match interview, an emotional Eriksson confessed that he was in tears as the Anfield crowd sang You’ll Never Walk Alone.

But despite a rocky first half, the dream came true for Eriksson after two vital goals in the final ten minutes.

Eriksson, who was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer earlier this year, became the first foreign England manager when he was appointed in 2001 and subsequently led the team to the quarter-finals of two World Cups and one European Championship.

He also achieved a lot of success at club level, winning silverware with Benfica, Roma, Lazio, and managed more than a dozen clubs in a glittering career.

As a huge Liverpool fan, Eriksson has always held the ambition of managing his boyhood club.

Yesterday, Channel 4 Sport posted a clip of Eriksson reacting to a series of video messages from his former England player’s.

Speaking at a press conference earlier this week ahead of this weekend’s LFC Foundation fundraiser game, the Swede revealed that back in 1979, when he was a young manager in his home country, he had written to Liverpool football club asking if he could come to watch some training, and received an invitation in reply.

“I saw a game and some training, I was honoured to go into the boot room. That was great, fantastic,” he said.

“All the training sessions, they were playing one touch, two touches.

“The quality of the play was incredible, and ‘make it simple’ the coaches told me. I learned a lot, of course.”

Earlier this year, Eriksson was also invited by current Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to sit in the dugout, like he had always dreamed of doing.

“I heard for the first time about his admiration or love for Liverpool and that he was a fan for his whole life,” Klopp said.

“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. 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.”

After hearing about the former Manchester City manager’s diagnosis, Liverpool fans took to social media to call for Eriksson to take charge of a legends team.

Former Liverpool midfielder Luis Garcia was among those who called for the appointment.

And former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler joined the conversation, saying that a call had been made about making it happen.

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