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Frank de Boer explains why he rejected the Liverpool manager's job in 2012

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Jurgen Klopp and Frank de Boer will both be looking to secure their respective club's first three points of the season this weekend when Liverpool take on Crystal Palace at Anfield on Saturday.

Neither side could begin the Premier League campaign with a winning start last weekend, as the Reds were held to a 3-3 draw at Watford while Palace lost 3-0 at home to newly-promoted Huddersfield.

While neither boss will be getting concerned just yet, it will be an important afternoon for the managers in both dugouts at Anfield.

Klopp's men will go into the game as firm favourites, following Palace's shock heavy home defeat to the Terriers last weekend - despite Liverpool having lost their last three home games against The Eagles.

De Boer is still trying to implement his playing style on the south London outfit and hoping that a result on Sunday can quickly turn around his fortunes in the Premier League.

However, the Dutchman could have introduced himself as a manager in English football five years earlier, had he taken up the offer to become Liverpool boss in 2012.

The Anfield outfit were in search for the successor of Kenny Dalglish and had approached the now Palace boss before he rejected the offer and the club later appointed Brendan Rodgers.

De Boer on why he rejected Liverpool

And De Boer revealed, ahead of his first Premier League trip to Anfield, why he chose to remain in charge of boyhood club, Ajax.

“I don’t think back to that Liverpool offer - it was a very clear position I had at that time," said De Boer, per the Mirror.

Crystal Palace v Huddersfield Town - Premier League

“I had a feeling I wasn’t ready and finished with Ajax at that time. It was not difficult decision at that moment.

“I didn’t have to think one second about it at that time because I was really happy with Ajax at that moment and I wasn’t finished with Ajax at that moment. I just made a deal I would stay a few years longer."

Palace game a must-win for Klopp

The Reds have since appointed Klopp - who has twice won the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund in Germany - but are still awaiting their first trophy under the German.


And it's fair to believe victory over Crystal Palace is essential if Liverpool are to get themselves into the Premier League title race this season.

Although, three points will have to be gained without want-away star man Philippe Coutinho who remains sidelined with a back injury, while Barcelona saw a third bid of £114 million rejected on Friday.

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