By Emma Sanders
Jose Mourinho’s agent approached Liverpool in a bid to secure the manager’s job, according to a report.
Leading Merseyside journalist Tony Barrett revealed details on the lengths Mourinho’s agent went to in 2004 in a recent feature for the website JOE.
The current Manchester United manager was in charge of Porto at the time when his agent traveled to Liverpool ahead of their Champions League clash with Sir Alex Ferguson’s side.
Later that day, Mourinho’s Porto would knock Manchester United out of Europe but just hours before, his agent Jorge Baideck had set-up a meeting with Liverpool’s chief executive.
Rick Parry and Baideck met at Anfield and Barrett claims the agent told the Reds executive, “Jose Mourinho would like to come and manage Liverpool.”
Barrett’s piece goes on to describe Mourinho’s apparent admiration for the Merseyside club and claims the former Chelsea manager had identified Liverpool as his ideal destination following the end of his tenure with Porto.
At the time of asking, Gerard Houllier’s Reds were struggling for form and lay in sixth place in the Premier League, despite winning the treble less than three years before.
However, they weren’t in a position to consider managerial upheavals according to the feature and they turned down Mourinho’s offer.
Liverpool could have named ‘The Special One’ as Houllier’s successor but instead opted to bring in one of Europe’s most shrewd tacticians, Rafa Benitez.
The two managers would then embark on one of the most controversial and enticing rivalries of the modern Premier League era.