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Mourinho almost joined Liverpool

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Jose Mourinho almost joined Liverpool in 2004, before eventually ending up at Chelsea.

The claim is made in forthcoming book which is entitled “Mourinho: Behind the Special One, from the origin to the glory” which has been written by the French journalist, Nicolas Vilas.

According to Vilas, the representative of Mourinho at the time, Jorge Baldeck, had a meeting at a hotel in Porto when the possibility of Mourinho moving to Anfield was discussed, when Gerard Houllier was manager of the club.

However, whilst waiting for Liverpool to make up their mind, Chelsea came in at the last minute with a much more lucrative offer. Mourinho then had two meetings with Roman Abramovich, before agreeing to move to Stamford Bridge in May 2004. He went on to win the league in his first season in West London.

Liverpool for their part chose Rafa Benitez as the successor to Houllier, because he was viewed as having a more extensive CV than somebody who had only managed in Portugal.

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