Carlo Ancelotti was never offered Liverpool job

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Carlo Ancelotti has denied he was offered the chance to manage Liverpool before Jurgen Klopp, instead claiming he never had any kind of contact with Anfield officials.

Harry Redknapp alleged that "good sources" had informed him that the German manager was in fact the club's second choice and was only approached after Ancelotti rejected them.

He told talkSPORT last week: "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."


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It appears that, like his managerial career, Redknapp's reliable sources have exhausted themselves and provided the former QPR boss with incorrect information. That is, of course, if Ancelotti himself is to be believed. 

The former Real Madrid manager, who is still without a club following his departure from the Bernabeu this summer, says his lack of employment was the only reason he was ever linked to the Anfield post.

"With Liverpool, there was no contact," he told Goal. "When a job becomes available, they always use the names of the coaches currently without a team, so, my name was thrown out there.

"But I never had any direct contact with the directors of Liverpool."

Klopp for the Kop

The choice between Ancelotti and Klopp is one that any football fan would like to make when choosing their manager, but the cult status of the latter surely makes him a better fit for the passionate Merseyside faithful.

Indeed, the excitement and hysteria surrounding his first game in charge – a 0-0 draw against Tottenham – showed what a galvanising effect Klopp has already had on both the fans and players.

While Ancelotti's trophy cabinet is certainly more impressive, you would be hard pushed to find a Liverpool fan who would swap the cool composure of the Italian for the mad enthusiasm of Klopp.

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