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Carlo Ancelotti says Harry Redknapp was wrong with his Liverpool contact claims

Published Oct 21, 2015
Oct 21, 2015 IST
Carlo Ancelotti led former club Real Madrid to their 10th European title in 2014

Former Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has spoken about his links with Liverpool before the club appointed Jurgen Klopp. Ancelotti has revealed that there was no contact between himself and the Reds over the previously vacant manager’s position at the club, Liverpool Echo reported.

When the Merseyside club relieved former manager Brendan Rodgers of his duties, there were rumours about the Italian manager and Jurgen Klopp being heavily linked to succeeding the Northern Irishman at Anfield. 

It turned out to be true in Klopp’s case, who was appointed as the club manager, but former Premier League manager Harry Redknapp had stated that Ancelotti was offered the job first before the German coach. However, the man himself has come out and denied the claims and has suggested that it is ‘unfounded’.

“With Liverpool, there was no contact," Ancelotti said.

“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 over Ancelotti debate still hasn‘t died down

The 56-year-old would have been a major appointment for Liverpool. He is one of the most decorated managers in Europe, having won the Champions League title three times during his career. None can deny the fact that he possesses the gravitas to attract top class players to a football club.

But there is the other set of people who disagree with this and to them, the newly appointed German coach seems more like a natural fit for the Red rather than the Italian. There’s no denying that, the former Borussia Dortmund manager led the club to two Bundesliga titles and the Champions League final during his tenure. While his current club are somewhat in a different position, something which Ancelotti hasn’t got a great deal of experience with.

The Italian manager has earned his reputation as one of the most studious coaches in world football, and this was evident when he pushed good teams into becoming great ones. Awakening a sleeping giant has never really seemed to be akin to his style of management.

After appointing the former Dortmund manager, there are still some in the Anfield faithful who would swap him for anyone. The German has walked into Anfield and immediately reignited a feel-good factor at the club. His admirable personality and sharp humour have immediately won the Reds over, and he seems desperate to restore the club to former glory.

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