Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has revealed that Carlo Ancelotti was offered the Liverpool managerial post before Jurgen Klopp
Following the sacking of Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool wasted no time whatsoever in finding a replacement and just a couple of days later, it was confirmed that the Reds had appointed former Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp as their new manager.
The arrival of Klopp has been met with a lot of fanfare among the Liverpool supporters and many feel that the 48-year old is the perfect man to turn the Reds’ fortunes around.
According to former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp though, Klopp was not the only high profile name that Liverpool had targeted and the Premier League side were also considering a move for Carlo Ancelotti.
Redknapp stated that Liverpool did hold discussions with Ancelotti over the job but the Italian manager was simply not interested in joining the Reds.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Redknapp 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.”
Nonetheless, Redknapp believes that Liverpool have made a very good appointment in Klopp and has backed the former Borussia Dortmund manager to thrive in the Premier League.
He continued, “I do like the look of Klopp, he’s a good appointment. 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.”
Ancelotti did recently state that he would love to make a move back to the Premier League and Redknapp believes that there are only a few clubs which will be able to attract the former Chelsea boss.
“Ancelotti’s had a little break from the football scene already and obviously feels he’s ready to come back in again,” Redknapp said.
“It’s got to be a big club for him, he’s a manager of Champions League clubs so he’s not going to take any job. There are only five or six jobs he could take in the Premier League, so it’s very interesting to see what he’s got in mind.”