Liverpool have announced that Sven-Göran Eriksson will be part of their LFC Legends management team for a charity game against Ajax Legends in March.
The former England manager revealed in January he had “best case” about a year to live after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. During a round of TV interviews upon revealing his health issues, Eriksson spoke of his lifelong love for Liverpool and how he always wished to be manager of the club.
The 76-year-old, who guided England to the quarter-finals of the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, will be in the LFC Legends dugout at Anfield for the match on 23 March.
Liverpool said: “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.”
Liverpool’s squad will include Jerzy Dudek, Sander Westerveld, Martin Skrtel, Fábio Aurélio, Gregory Vignal and Djibril Cissé, and the former Liverpool and Ajax forward Ryan Babel will feature for both sides.
LFC Foundation’s two previous Legends matches against Manchester United and Celtic raised £1.45m for the club’s charity and its partners, Liverpool said.
Jürgen Klopp, speaking shortly after Eriksson went public with his diagnosis, opened the door for the Swede to spend the day as Liverpool manager.
“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,” he said. “That’s no problem.”