SVEN’S JOY Sven-Goran Eriksson breaks down in tears and thanks Liverpool for making dream come true after terminal cancer diagnosis

SVEN-GORAN ERIKSSON was in tears as he thanked Liverpool for making his Anfield dream come true.

Former England manager Eriksson, 76, revealed last month he had  “at best a year to live” because of cancer.

Tearful Sven-Goran Eriksson managed a Liverpool legends team at Anfield
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Tearful Sven-Goran Eriksson managed a Liverpool legends team at AnfieldCredit: AP


The former England boss had Steven Gerrard in his team
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The former England boss had Steven Gerrard in his teamCredit: Reuters
The Swede is a lifelong Reds fan and today managed a team of Kop legends to a 4-2 win over former Ajax stars.

He said: “I was crying.

“To sit on the bench for Liverpool has been my dream my whole life.

“Now it has happened and it was a beautiful day — the crowd, the game, the players, everything.

“Thank you for Liverpool for giving me this opportunity.”


Steven Gerrard jetted back from Saudi Arabia, where he manages Al- Ettifaq, for the LFC Foundation Charity game.

The England legend  said: “As soon as I knew he was going to be the gaffer, I couldn’t wait to play for him one more time.”

Eriksson, Three Lions boss from 2001 to 2006, wept when a huge crowd sang You’ll Never Walk Alone before kick-off.

Former Celtic winger Derk Boerrigter headed Ajax into a shock second-minute lead.

And ex-Manchester City forward Kiki Musampa doubled that advantage before the break.


French defender Gregory Vignal pulled one back, then Champions League winner Djibril Cisse made it 2-2.

Nabil El Zhar, from the Rafa Benitez era, smashed the hosts in front.


And Fernando Torres made sure it was Sven’s day with a late close-range clincher.

Eriksson revealed his cancer diagnosis last month
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Eriksson revealed his cancer diagnosis last monthCredit: EPA

The lifelong Liverpool fan took his seat in the dugout
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The lifelong Liverpool fan took his seat in the dugoutCredit: Getty

Fernando Torres wrapped up the scoring in the 4-2 win
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Fernando Torres wrapped up the scoring in the 4-2 winCredit: Reuters\

 


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