“Lifelong” fan Sven interested in Liverpool job

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Former England and Man City manager Sven Goran Eriksson has seemingly talked himself up for the vacant manager’s job at Anfield.

May 20, 2010 - Montreux, SWITZERLAND SCHWEIZ SUISSE - epa02165975 Ivory Coast team head coach Sven Goran Eriksson of Sweden, answers journalist questions during a news conference in Montreux, Switzerland, 20 May 2010. The team of Ivory Coast is training in Switzerland ahead of the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa.

The Swede, who will take charge of the Ivory Coast at the World Cup, has admitted he is a lifelong Liverpool supporter and hinted he would be interested in filling the role vacated by Rafa Benitez last week.

62 year old Eriksson said “I have been a Liverpool fan all my life. I didn’t feel it was right to mention it when I was with England.”

“My father was also a Liverpool supporter and every Saturday we would watch an English match on television. It was the highlight of the week.

“Liverpool matches were televised quite regularly and we would cheer them on. They have always been my team and nothing has changed.

“When I was starting out in coaching I was invited to Liverpool to see how they did things. Joe Fagan was the manager at the time. I remember him showing me around Anfield and taking me into their legendary boot room.”It was such a privilege and an honour for me to be invited in there. I will never forget that moment.

“Liverpool will always hold a special place in my heart.”

Of Benitez’s dismissal he said “I was shocked when I discovered Rafa Benitez had left. Would I want to be the manager of Liverpool? It is every manager’s dream to manage Liverpool.”

“My situation is easy,” he continued. “I have a contract with Ivory Coast until the end of the World Cup and then I’m free. Hopefully I will sit on a bench somewhere in the world next season. I don’t know where it will be but the Premier League is the best league in the world. Everyone wants to be a Premier League manager.”

Sadly, the quotes from “lifelong” Red Eriksson appear to have originated in The S*n newspaper – hardly endearing himself to the Anfield faithful.

According to The Guardian, Roy Hodgson, Martin O’Neill and Louis van Gaal are the favourites to succeed Benítez, who parted company with Liverpool last Thursday.