Football pundit and former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy claims Jose Mourinho “wanted the Liverpool job massively” when it became vacant in 2004.
Mourinho was in the running to become Reds manager in the summer of 2004 after Gerard Houllier was sacked, but instead ended up going to Chelsea.
The Portuguese was one of the favourites for the post, with Martin O’Neill and Rafael Benitez also in the running, with the latter, of course, taking charge at Anfield and leading the club to the Champions League trophy in 2005.
But Murphy claims things could have been so different had Mourinho got his way.
“When Benitez was appointed at Liverpool, it was between him and Mourinho. I know that for a fact,” Murphy told talkSPORT. “Mourinho wanted the Liverpool job massively.
“But Liverpool basically went with Benitez, because he’d just won the Spanish league title and UEFA Cup with Valencia and they thought that was more solid an appointment than someone who had only done it, and that time, in Portugal.
“I know Mourinho was massively disappointed.”
The duo of course went on to share one of football’s biggest rivalries during the mid to late 2000s as Liverpool and Chelsea met in several high-profile contests, while both managers have had spells in charge at Inter Milan and Real Madrid.