Sven-Goran Eriksson to get lifetime wish of managing Liverpool at Anfield | Football

Sven-Goran Eriksson will manage at Anfield (Picture: Getty Images)

Sven-Goran Eriksson will fulfill a lifetime dream of managing Liverpool at Anfield after accepting an invite from the club to manage a Legends team against Ajax in March.

The Swede, 75, was diagnosed with a form of terminal pancreatic cancer in January.

The former England manager says he has a year to live ‘at best’ and that he will fight ‘as long as possible’ to stay alive.

After revealing the devastating news, Eriksson gave a number of interviews and revealed that he was a lifelong Liverpool fan.

Jurgen Klopp then said the club would welcome Eriksson with ‘open arms’ to Anfield, and suggested that he attended the Legends match against Ajax in March.

And the Swede has now taken the club up on their offer, with Eriksson agreeing to form part of the management team alongside Sir Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush.

A statement from Liverpool read: ‘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.’

Sven-Goran Eriksson managing England

Eriksson managed England for six years (Photo by Simon Bruty/Anychance/Getty Images)

Speaking in January, Eriksson revealed his terminal diagnosis.

‘Everyone can see that I have a disease that’s not good, and everyone supposes that it’s cancer, and it is. But I have to fight it as long as possible,’ he said.

‘I know that in the best case it’s about a year, in the worst case even less. Or in the best case I suppose even longer. I don’t think the doctors I have can be totally sure, they can’t put a day on it.

‘It’s better not to think about it. You have to trick your brain. I could go around thinking about that all the time and sit at home and be miserable and think I’m unlucky and so on.’

Speaking last month, Klopp said: ‘I heard for the first time about his admiration or love for Liverpool and that he was a fan for his whole life.

“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.’

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