Liverpool wanted Carlo Ancelotti ahead of Jurgen Klopp, says ex-Spurs boss
Harry Redknapp claims Liverpool approached Carlo Ancelotti before appointing Jurgen Klopp as manager
Harry Redknapp has claimed that Liverpool approached Carlo Ancelotti ahead of Jurgen Klopp.
The Reds appointed Klopp as the new manager on Thursday evening after the German signed a three-year deal with the Merseyside outfit.
Ancelotti had been linked with the Liverpool post after the Reds sacked Brendan Rodgers following a 1-1 draw with Everton earlier this month.
However, the Italian ruled himself out of contention after the former AC Milan and Real Madrid boss revealed he wouldn’t return to management until next season.
Speaking to talkSPORT, former Tottenham Hotspur manager Redknapp stated that he has been told the five-time European champions wanted Ancelotti ahead of Klopp.
“I heard from good sources that [Ancelotti] was offered the Liverpool job,” Redknapp told talkSPORT.
“I don’t think [he wanted it]. They spoke to him at some stage.”
Klopp will take charge of Liverpool for the first time at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday afternoon.
Carlo Ancelotti fact-file
• One of only six people to have lifted the European Cup as both a player and coach and the second manager, after Bob Paisley, to win the trophy three times. A combative midfielder, he helped Roma win the 1983 Serie A title and four Italian Cups before joining Milan in 1986 where he added two more league championships, as well as back-to-back European Cup triumphs in 1989 and 1990.
• He began coaching in 1995 with a year at Reggiana, earning them promotion from Serie B, before two seasons at Parma. Replaced Marcello Lippi at Juventus in February 1999 and returned to San Siro as coach of Milan in 2001.
• During eight seasons in charge, Ancelotti won the Champions League in 2003 and 2007, but lost the 2005 final on penalties to Liverpool FC after leading 3-0. Milan also won a Serie A title, a Coppa Italia and the 2007 Fifa Club World Cup.
• Resigned on 31 May 2009 and was named as Chelsea’s new manager the following day. His first season in London ended with the club winning the league and cup double for the first time.
Dismissed at the end of his second campaign, Ancelotti took charge of Paris in December 2011.
• In his one full season in the French capital, 2012/13, Ancelotti steered Paris to their first Ligue 1 title in 19 years. Left to take over at Madrid on a three-year contract, winning the Copa del Rey and the club’s tenth European Cup in his first season, becoming only the fifth coach to win the trophy with two clubs in the process. Madrid added the Uefa Super Cup at the start of the following campaign, the fifth time Ancelotti had won that trophy as player or coach.