Jose Mourinho.

Jose Mourinho wanted to join Liverpool in 2003

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Jose Mourinho is certainly high up on the list of the most loathed figures among Liverpool supporters.

From his bitter rivalry with Rafa Benitez to his cheeky shushing gesture towards Reds supporters in the 2005 League Cup, the former Chelsea boss has given the Anfield faithful plenty of reasons to dislike him.

Despite Mourinho’s sour relationship with Liverpool, one would be hard-pressed to find a fan who would not want a manager of his quality in charge.


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The Portuguese boasts a staggering record at all the clubs he has been in charge at, with no less than eight league titles and two Champions League titles among his managerial honours.

However, it has emerged that Mourinho could well have got his first Premier League job patrolling the Anfield touchline rather than at Stamford Bridge.

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Tony Barrett, writing for, has revealed how the Special One not only came close to joining the Reds, he was willing to take drastic action in order to land the job.

Mourinho – who burst onto the scene in 2003 when his Porto side defeated Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Champions League – is believed to have sent a representative to Liverpool in a bid to initiate talks with the club.

“There was a time when Jose Mourinho did not just want Liverpool, he wanted them so badly that he dispatched a trusted emissary to Anfield in an attempt to secure the manager’s job.

“Hours before Mourinho had enhanced his own reputation and antagonised the Old Trafford crowd, his representative had turned up at Anfield on a mission to convince the Merseyside club that the Porto coach should become their next manager.

“Liverpool had not sought the advances of Mourinho’s camp but they got them anyway.”

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Barrett also detailed the manner in which Mourinho attempted to usurp then Reds boss Gerard Houllier despite the club’s reluctance to gamble on the Porto manager.

“Liverpool’s attitude was that while such overt interest from a manager of Mourinho’s quality was welcome, any review of their own manager’s position would not take place until the end of the season at the time when the Portuguese was set to leave Porto.

“While Liverpool were not willing to make a commitment at that stage, Chelsea, who had already resolved to dispense with the services of Claudio Ranieri at the end of that season, were in a position to do so.”

It is hard to imagine Mourinho being in his current job at United had he worked for Liverpool prior to stints at Inter Milan and Real Madrid.

Some Liverpool fans might rejoice that he was not considered a suitable candidate at the time of his approach, whereas others may be irked by the fact their club missed out on one of the most successful managers of all-time.

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