Terminally ill Sven-Göran Eriksson sees his dream come true and will coach Liverpool at Anfield

Former top coach Sven-Göran Eriksson, who has about a year to live due to pancreatic cancer, said in an interview that it was his dream to one day coach Liverpool. Liverpool will make that dream come true on March 23. In a friendly match for charity, Eriksson will be part of the staff at Anfield that will lead a team of Liverpool legends.

At the beginning of this year, 76-year-old Swede Sven-Göran Eriksson announced that he had pancreatic cancer and that in the best scenario he still has about a year to live.

The Swede then confessed during a TV interview his love for Liverpool and that it had always been a dream for him to one day coach The Reds. “That won’t happen,” he said, “but I’m still a Liverpool fan, just like my father.”

Liverpool fans pushed to give the former England national coach a chance to fulfill his dream.

Current Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp invited Eriksson to be part of the coaching staff that will coach a gala match against Ajax legends in Liverpool. Together with some club icons such as Ian Rush, John Barnes and John Aldridge, Eriksson will take a seat on the bench for the match in aid of the LFC Foundation on March 23.

Jerzy Dudek and Sander Westerveld, Martin Skrtel, Fabio Aurelio, Gregory Vignal and Djibril Cisse, among others, will once again put on the Liverpool shirt, while Ryan Babel will appear in half for both teams.

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Eriksson wants to continue to fill the time he has left with football. “I’m going to travel and watch a lot of football. Including the English national team. I hope to see England live against Brazil in March. It will be a great match as a warm-up for the 2026 World Cup, because that poster could well be the final there.”

At the beginning of his career, Eriksson coached Benfica, with whom he became champion three times, and later Lazio, which he led to the Italian title in 2000. Eriksson subsequently became England coach, but despite the presence of big names such as David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney, no trophies followed at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups and the 2004 European Championship. The Swede subsequently trained, among others, Manchester City and Leicester City, and the national teams of Mexico, Ivory Coast and the Philippines.

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