Sven-Goran Eriksson and Jurgen Klopp have emotional chat ahead of Liverpool legends match as dream comes true

Sven-Goran Eriksson and Jurgen Klopp have emotional chat ahead of Liverpool legends match as dream comes true

WATCH NOW: Sven-Goran Eriksson and Jurgen Klopp meet at Anfield

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 23/03/2024

- 13:32

Updated: 23/03/2024

- 13:57

The two managers have met at Anfield ahead of today's showdown

Sven Goran-Eriksson and Jurgen Klopp have embraced and shared a moment prior to Liverpool Legends' match against Ajax Legends today.

Eriksson was diagnosed with terminal cancer earlier in the year, with the Swede admitting he has a year at most to live.

He previously said it was his dream to be Liverpool manager and the Reds have now granted him his wish for today's fixture at Ajax Legends.

Prior to the game, Liverpool uploaded footage of Eriksson and Klopp embracing.

Sven-Goran Eriksson

Sven-Goran Eriksson and Jurgen Klopp have met ahead of today's Liverpool Legends match


The pair both told each other they were 'legends', with the duo also having a nice hug.

Eriksson also told Klopp, who looked relaxed in a cream hoodie and grey cap, that he was 'doing great'.

Fans on social media have praised the moment, with one X user saying: As a Swede and LFC supporter this is magnificent."

A second said: "Both legends and heroes of theie era in one picture."

A third stated: "What a Great CLUB!! With wonderful human beings."

A fourth opined: "Two of the very best."

And a fifth user hailed the meeting of the two managers by saying: "That's what it means to be Liverpool and well done to everyone there for the gift they give this man, they make his biggest dream come true, only respect."

Eriksson spoke about his cancer diagnosis earlier in the week.

And the 76-year-old said he appreciates the small things in life, saying: "You appreciate waking up in the morning and feeling well and normally you don't do that. You take it for granted.

"In the beginning when you get the diagnosis coming from nowhere, it’s like a shock but after a while you learn to live with it."

Speaking to Channel 4, he continued: "Today I have a normal life and I am not thinking about what's going to happen tomorrow or the day after.

"Otherwise you sit down and think pity of yourself. No. Leave it.

"I don’t talk about it very much. It is what it is. I can’t beat it, probably.

"Anyhow, life is beautiful."

Eriksson said back in January that he would do everything to 'fight' the cancer for 'as long as possible.'


Sven-Goran Eriksson

Sven-Goran Eriksson praised Jurgen Klopp for the job he's done at Liverpool prior to today's match against Ajax Legends


He said at the time of his 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.

"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.

Sven-Goran Eriksson

Sven-Goran Eriksson is fulfilling his dream of managing Liverpool today


"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.

"It's easy to end up in that position. But no, see the positive sides of things and don't bury yourself in setbacks, because this is the biggest setback of them all of course.

"It just came from nothing. And that makes you shocked.

"I'm not in any major pain. But I've been diagnosed with a disease that you can slow down but you cannot operate. So it is what it is."

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