José Mourinho Reportedly Rejected Liverpool Job On Two Occasions

José Mourinho Reportedly Rejected Liverpool Job On Two Occasions
Oct 18, 2017

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According to Yahoo Sports, José Mourinho was invited to become Liverpool manager in 2015 before Jürgen Klopp was appointed at Anfield. Mourinho was approached by Liverpool’s owners during the latter part of his second spell as Chelsea manager.

The Fenway Sports group felt they had a chance of swiping the Portuguese manager as Roman Abramovich was not too happy about Mourinho with reports suggesting that the three-time Premier League winner would be sacked.

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Mourinho declined the invite and remained at Stamford Bridge because he was confident that he could turn around Chelsea’s poor start to the season. Liverpool then sacked Brendan Rodgers and appointed Klopp instead.

Two years under Klopp and Liverpool have still not won any silverware after failing to win the League cup final in 2015 and the Europa League final in 2016, though he has certainly been a fan favourite since arriving at Anfield.

In the German’s first press conference, he said: “I know when I’m sat here in four years I think we won one title in this time”.

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This was not the first time Liverpool had approached Mourinho. After winning the UEFA Cup and the Champions League with Porto, the Portuguese boss was in high demand and Liverpool were one of the first clubs to approach Mourinho.

A meeting was arranged ahead of Porto’s round-of-16 defeat of Manchester United to explore his interest in succeeding Gerard Houllier. Mourinho himself publicly expressed his interest in taking the job at Anfield, but Roman Abramovich moved quickly to secure the Portuguese’s signature ahead of his bitter rivals.

Mourinho did not have an agent at the time, but he had made it clear that he was willing to listen to any proposals brought to him for the following season. Jorge Baidek, a Brazilian intermediary Mourinho had worked with previously, was mandated by Liverpool to secure the Porto coach’s signature and now infamous agent Jorge Mendes proposed a move to Chelsea.

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Mendes’ football acumen and Abramovich’s eagerness to tie up the deal convinced Mourinho to choose the London club. “Abramovich was fast and moved,” a close friend told Yahoo Sport. “And Mendes was more clever than Baidek.” Liverpool eventually appointed Valencia’s UEFA Cup-winning coach, Rafael Benítez, to succeed Gerard Houllier.

Mourinho’s incredible success at Chelsea and his infamous rivalry with Benítez saw him quickly become Anfield’s most despised villain. Mourinho infamously ended Liverpool’s title run in the 2013/14 Premier League campaign, the pivotal defeat which led to Brendan Rodger’s eventual dismissal.

Earlier this week it was revealed that Klopp wanted to be the manager at Old Trafford, according to the German’s mentor and predecessor as Mainz coach, Eckhard Krautzun. “It would be his dream to go to England one day and his favourite club would be United. That’s what he said,” Krautzun said in an interview with The Set Pieces this week.

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He recommended Klopp to Sir Alex Ferguson when the Scot scouting potential successors ahead of his retirement. “I said, ‘Jürgen Klopp, if he goes abroad, if he goes to England, his love would be Manchester United,’ added Krautzun.

Ferguson ultimately offered that job to Mourinho, who refused and chose Chelsea instead. Klopp remained at Borussia Dortmund for two seasons before signing for Liverpool in 2015. Both managers are now at the helms of the biggest clubs in England; Mourinho at Manchester United and Klopp at Liverpool.

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