Jurgen Klopp has extended a special invitation to Sven-Goran Eriksson to serve as a Liverpool manager for a day.
This heartfelt gesture comes in light of Eriksson’s recent confirmation of a cancer diagnosis.
The 75-year-old, known for being the first foreign coach to manage England, guided the national team to the quarter-finals in the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, as well as the 2004 Euros.
Eriksson, who reportedly harbours a deep affection for Liverpool and once dreamed of managing the Reds, previously took charge of Manchester City and Leicester City during his managerial career.
Klopp’s invitation reflects a touching moment of solidarity and support for Eriksson during this challenging time.
“I don’t know him, unfortunately not,” the German said.
“I know him without knowing him, we never met.
“Yes, it was obviously very touching news when you heard about it. I heard for the first time about his admiration or love for Liverpool and that he was a fan for his whole life.
“So, I heard now about the legends match and stuff like that. I’m not in charge of that so I can’t say anything about 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.”
Sven-Goran Eriksson received his cancer diagnosis “almost one year ago” and stepped down from his position as the sporting director at Swedish club Karlstad 11 months ago due to health issues.
“I live a totally normal life,” Eriksson told BBC World Service’s Sporting Witness.
“I’m not in hospital, I go now and then for a visit but I live at home and I have friends here. Christmas and New Year, the whole family were here – a lot of people.
“I’m going out to try and exercise as much as possible, which is less than it was one year ago, but I have a normal life.
“When you get a message like that, you appreciate every day and you are happy when you wake up in the morning and you feel OK, so that’s what I’m doing.
“I thought I was fully healthy but suddenly I had a small stroke so I fell and my children took me to the hospital.
“After one day of examination they told me I had five small strokes, but said ‘no problem, you will recover 100% from that’, but worse is they said I have cancer which they can’t operate on.
“They said they will give me treatment and medicine to try and live as long as possible. I have that diagnosis and they can’t operate, unfortunately.”