Liverpool: Rival wanted manager role; Klopp responds to 'selling club' label; Sturridge injury update
Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has claimed on TalkSport that Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was desperate to be appointed Liverpool manager in the summer of 2004, when the club instead opted to appoint then Valencia gaffer Rafa Benitez as bosses were concerned that the then Porto manager had not proved himself outside of Portugal, despite winning the Champions League just months before. When he learned of his failure in his efforts to get the job in the Anfield dugout, Mourinho went to Chelsea instead.
Mourinho is now a hugely unpopular figure on Merseyside given his incitement of fans during spells in charge of Chelsea and now at arch rivals Manchester United, despite having been repeatedly linked with the Anfield hotseat. Given that the Reds won the Champions League in Benitez’s first season in charge, it doesn’t look like a bad decision by the then Liverpool board, but who knows what could have been if bosses had opted for Mourinho instead…
Fast forward to 2016, 12 years on, and now Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has denied that there is any need for his club to become a selling club as many have labelled the Reds after recent figures revealed that no club has made more from player sales than Liverpool since 2010. With the likes of Fernando Torres, Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling having moved on for pastures new, Klopp told the press:
“The past transfer window was busy, I don’t want them always to be this busy. Development doesn’t stop after one year, you should have more time. Success all around is about having consistency. Successful teams don’t have to change a lot; Liverpool don’t need to be a selling club. Nobody calls us and says ‘sell, we need money’, but it’s about finding the right squad.”
Klopp is clearly hoping to change the transfer set-up at Anfield after huge criticism of the system which existed under Brendan Rodgers with the transfer committee. Now, Klopp has put his stamp on the set-up, which has been clear from his signings throughout the summer, and he is keen to keep things that way in the coming months and years.
Klopp also revealed to the media that Daniel Sturridge may be a doubt for Saturday’s fixture against Daniel Sturridge after a slight injury has seen the England international miss three days of training this week, as he also sat out the EFL Cup tie against Derby County on Tuesday night. The news comes after the former Chelsea forward had an impressive performance up against Chelsea and Leicester City at Anfield the week before.
On a more positive note, the German boss revealed that Georgino Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana will be available for selection and are expected to be fully fit after they sat out the game at Derby County as a precautionary measure after both midfielders picked up knocks and slight strains in the fixture at Stamford Bridge which saw an impressive victory for the Reds.
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