Sven-Goran Eriksson visibly moved as Liverpool fans belt out You’ll Never Walk Alone before Reds Legends mark occasion with comeback

Sven-Goran Eriksson was overcome with emotion as Anfield sang You’ll Never Walk Alone before leading Liverpool to victory in his dream appearance as manager.

The former England boss took charge of a Liverpool Legend XI on Saturday, finally getting to lead the team he has supported his whole life at their home.


Eriksson was beaming as he took in the atmosphereCredit: YouTube

Eriksson recently revealed he has ‘at best a year to live’ after being diagnosed with terminal cancer and was subsequently asked to manage the Reds for the Legends clash against Ajax.

The 76-year-old walked onto the pitch alone to soak up a standing ovation from those in the stands, before his side followed him out.

Footage showed him visibly moved as the Reds faithful belted out their iconic anthem.

His former England player and ex-Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard stood beside him as the stars lined up.

Gerrard – who diffused a situation with a pitch invader later in the game – was seen putting his arm round Eriksson, saying something which led the former manager to burst into a smile.

He was also given a tremendous reception from the Anfield crowd during a pre-match pitch walk with Liverpool legend John Barnes.

After going two-goals down, Liverpool pulled off a fantastic comeback to win 4-2, with Fernando Torres among those on the scoresheet.

The former England boss previously said managing Liverpool was a lifelong dream of his.

Gerrard and Eriksson shared a heartfelt moment on the pitch


Gerrard and Eriksson shared a heartfelt moment on the pitchCredit: YouTube
Eriksson sat in the iconic Anfield dugout


Eriksson sat in the iconic Anfield dugoutCredit: Getty

And in an interview with LFC TV after the game, he remarked: “A memory for life. Everybody was the winner today.

“It was beautiful, absolutely incredible. Everything from You’ll Never Walk Alone to the rest of the match.

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“I think we were the better team even in the first half. You always worry that you lose, but it was a very good first half, an extremely good second half. But the big winners were all of us.”

Meanwhile Gerrard praised Eriksson for masterminding the comeback win, as he stated: “He changed everything at half-time, he knew we had no width in the first half and we were trying to fit through the middle.

“He made loads of changes at half-time and gave us more width. He’s still got it, he’s still got the magic. He made the difference.

“He was like Rafa [Benitez] at half-time, moving us about, changing the system, giving us more width and we got there in the end. The hairdryer treatment!

“Sven being here today was very special, as soon as I knew he was going to be the gaffer today, I couldn’t wait to come and play with him one last time.”

Eriksson also met Jurgen Klopp for the first time before the game, with the pair sharing a heartwarming exchange.

Speaking ahead of the game, Eriksson said: “It is like a dream. I could never have dreamt about that but when I was a manager I always dreamt about Liverpool.

“It was close once, there were some discussions, many years ago. It never happened, but now it happens. When they asked me [to do the Legends game] I thought it was a joke.”

On Friday, Eriksson was tearful after receiving messages of support from his former England players, including Gerrard.


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