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Sven-Goran Eriksson ‘will never forget’ return to Anfield – £1.2m raised for charity! -Liverpool F.C

Sven-Goran Eriksson has paid tribute to supporters who raised almost £1.2 million for the LFC Foundation at the LFC Legends charity fundraiser at Anfield last month.

This figure is the highest total ever raised for a single Legends match, with 100 percent of the funds going directly to the club’s official charity to support the work the club does in the Liverpool City Region and beyond.

This year’s Legends clash saw former Reds favorites take on Ajax Legends in front of a sold-out Anfield, with almost 60,000 supporters in attendance, the largest crowd ever.

The Reds were managed by a management team of LFC legends and former England boss and Liverpool fan Sven-Goran Eriksson, who achieved a lifelong dream of leading his boyhood team in front of a packed stadium.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, March 23, 2024: Liverpool's manager Sven-Göran Eriksson before the LFC Foundation match between Liverpool FC Legends and Ajax FC Legends at Anfield.  (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, March 23, 2024: Liverpool's manager Sven-Göran Eriksson before the LFC Foundation match between Liverpool FC Legends and Ajax FC Legends at Anfield.  (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Swede paid tribute to the club’s supporters for collectively raising such an incredible amount of money for such a good cause.

He said: “It was an incredible day and something I will never forget, and knowing that this occasion has helped to raise so much for the LFC Foundation makes it even more special to me.

“It is an incredible amount of money raised for the LFC Foundation, everyone knows how special the LFC family is and everyone has come together here again to help raise so much for a fantastic cause which will help so many people in the city ​​and beyond.

“I learned a lot about the work of the LFC Foundation when I was in Liverpool for the game and the work they do is absolutely fantastic.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, March 23, 2024: Liverpool's Fernando Torres (C) celebrates with teammates Steven Gerrard (L) and Nabil El Zhar (R) after scoring the third goal during the LFC Foundation match between Liverpool FC Legends and Ajax FC Legends at Anfield.  (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, March 23, 2024: Liverpool's Fernando Torres (C) celebrates with teammates Steven Gerrard (L) and Nabil El Zhar (R) after scoring the third goal during the LFC Foundation match between Liverpool FC Legends and Ajax FC Legends at Anfield.  (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The money raised from the game will help support the LFC Foundation’s ongoing work in the Liverpool City Region and beyond, with a large proportion of the money going towards their education programmes.

The LFC Foundation currently works with more than 120 schools in the region through a variety of programs that help get more children into education, while learning life skills and tackling a range of social issues such as gang involvement and crime, as well as supporting their mental health.

School absenteeism has almost doubled in the Liverpool City Region since the start of the Covid pandemic and the LFC Foundation is working with local schools, teachers and students to reverse this trend.

The ‘Onside’ program enables young people to participate in school through a tailor-made curriculum developed and adapted to their needs. The program is delivered by LFC Foundation staff who use the power of the badge to connect with young people and help them on their journey.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday March 23, 2024: Liverpool players line up for a team group photo before the LFC Foundation match between Liverpool FC Legends and Ajax FC Legends at Anfield.  (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday March 23, 2024: Liverpool players line up for a team group photo before the LFC Foundation match between Liverpool FC Legends and Ajax FC Legends at Anfield.  (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Matt Parish, CEO of the LFC Foundation, said: “The Legends games are always special occasions and especially not anymore this year. It was incredible to have a sold out venue and our highest attendance and to have achieved our highest total revenue from a singles match is fantastic. These funds will help us continue to make a real difference in the Liverpool City Region and beyond.

“A large percentage of those funds will go towards our education work and it will allow us to expand our programs across more schools, train more staff and have a positive impact on more local students, which will benefit the entire city in the can only benefit the future.

“We are extremely grateful to all the supporters who came to the match and all the players and management who took part. Days like these really show the best of Liverpool Football Club.”

A portion of the game’s funds will also go to Forever Reds, the club’s official former players’ association, which provides ongoing support for former players of all ages.