By Dominic Toner

Danny Murphy has sensationally revealed that Jose Mourinho was desperate to become Liverpool manager.

The former Reds player has revealed that Mourinho was hoping to be appointed at Anfield in 2004, but instead Rafa Benitez was named as manager.

Mourinho went on to achieve great success in England with Chelsea and is now in charge at rivals Manchester United.

Murphy has explained that the Portuguese manager wanted the Liverpool position but lost out to the experience of Benitez at the time.

“When Benitez was appointed at Liverpool, it was between him and Mourinho,” he told talkSPORT. “I know that for a fact. Mourinho wanted the Liverpool job massively.

“But Liverpool basically went with Benitez, because he’d just won the Spanish league title and UEFA Cup with Valencia and they thought that was more solid an appointment than someone who had only done it, and that time, in Portugal. I know Mourinho was massively disappointed.”

Jurgen Klopp is the latest man to manage the Reds and his team have begun to match his well known attacking style.

Mourinho has won league title in England, Spain, Portugal and Italy in his career, making him one of the most successful coaches of all time.

After joining Chelsea in 2004, he went on to win consecutive league titles for the club and it was their first top division title since 1955.

Liverpool are still searching for their first Premier League trophy and will be hoping to beat off competition from Mourinho’s United and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City this season.

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