Jose Mourinho was desperate to join this Premier League club before joining Chelsea!
Former Liverpool player Danny Murphy has claimed that Jose Mourinho was desperate to become Liverpool manager in 2004 and was very disappointed after missing out. Mourinho was one of the favourites for the post, alongside Rafael Benitez to replace Gerard Houllier at the Anfield. However, the Merseyside club appointed Rafa Benitez as the next boss after his impressive stint with La Liga outfit Valencia. Mourinho went on to manage Chelsea and had a very successful stint with the Blues.
Talking to TalkSport, the former player said:“When Benitez was appointed at Liverpool, it was between him and Mourinho. I know that for a fact. Mourinho wanted the Liverpool job massively.
Murphy revealed that the club decided to appoint the Spaniard because the credentials of Benitez were superior to that of Mourinho who was managing Porto at that time.
“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 former player jokingly said that Mourinho’s appointment would have been better for his career.
He said: “I’m gutted too, because Benitez came in and didn’t want me. I’m just gutted it wasn’t Mourinho because he might have wanted me to stay!”
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