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Dutch coach reveals Liverpool snub

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Ajax boss Frank de Boer has reiterated that he rejected an approach from Liverpool in the summer, because he is happy at the Amsterdam Arena.

The Dutchman is highly regarded in the game, formerly as a player, and now as a manager, but shunned advances from the Premier League giants in order to remain in his homeland.

Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group began an extensive search for a new head coach over the summer, following the sacking of Kenny Dalglish, casting their net across Europe where they scouted a number of different suitors with varying styles and football philosophies.

After identifying De Boer - who had just led Ajax to the Eredivisie title - Reds bosses approached the club about the prospect of bringing their manager to Anfield, only for him to turn the offer down, before he had even spoken to his admirers.

"Liverpool wanted to have a conversation with me, but I didn't do it," confirmed De Boer at his latest Champions League press conference. "I feel comfortable in my seat here."

After losing their first European clash against Borussia Dortmund, Ajax now prepare to entertain Real Madrid tomorrow evening. It's a match that De Boer will be anxious to avoid defeat in, to keep his side's chances of qualification alive.

Meanwhile, Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers - the man who was later appointed to the Merseyside hot-seat - welcome Serie A outfit Udinese to Anfield in the Europa League on Thursday.

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