Jurgen Klopp was not Liverpool's first choice to replace Brendan Rodgers. Well, at least if you believe the words of Harry Redknapp.
The former Tottenham Hotspur and QPR manager has told talkSPORT that, according to his reliable sources, the Anfield club's original option was former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti.
Now it comes as no surprise, as the Italian was heavily linked with the vacant post on Merseyside, and it always seemed to be a straight shootout between the former Real Madrid boss and the Reds' new German manager.
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According to 68-year-old Redknapp, who won the FA Cup with Portsmouth in 2008, the Liverpool hierarchy approached the three-time Champions League winner, who proceeded to turn them down.
He said: “I have heard from good sources that he [Ancelotti] was offered the Liverpool job, I don’t think [he wanted it]. They spoke to him at some stage.”
But Redknapp does believe that former Borussia Dortmund boss, Klopp, is a good appointment for the Reds.
“I do like the look of Klopp, he’s a good appointment," he said. "He’s looks bright, with great enthusiasm and he looks like he could be a really good addition to the Premier League. I’m looking forward to watching Liverpool play over the next few years.”
Klopp's first game in charge of Liverpool is a trip to fellow European hopefuls Tottenham Hotspur. The North London club will be on a high following their 4-1 demolition of Manchester City in their previous home fixture.
With Liverpool sitting tenth in the Premier League, a strong start is imperative to ensure they maintain a lead over Chelsea and attempt to close the gap on the leaders.
While a win at White Hart Lane would be a perfect start to his tenure at Anfield, taking three points away from Mauricio Pochettino's fast-improving Spurs side will be no easy task.
Who would you have preferred to take over at Liverpool: Carlo Ancelotti or Jurgen Klopp? Let us know by leaving a comment below!
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