According to former Liverpool player, Danny Murphy, current Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho wanted to be the boss of the Anfield team ‘desperately’ prior to his first managerial stint at Chelsea.
Mourinho was appointed as the Manchester United manager this summer and made a brilliant start to the season before the Portuguese suffered three consecutive losses in eight days. If what Murphy said is to be believed, the 53-year-old manager wanted to be the boss at Anfield before his first tenure at Chelsea and was massively dispirited when the job was given to Rafael Benitez.
In an interview with talkSPORT, the former English player was questioned if he would have liked to play with the Portuguese manager to which he answered:
“Well, strangely, I nearly did!
“When Benitez was appointed at Liverpool, it was between him and Mourinho. I know that for a fact. 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. 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!”
The 53-year-old manager and the Red Devils will play Liverpool away on October 17, while Klopp’s men will make the trip to Manchester to play them on January 14.