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Liverpool could land primary managerial candidate- 20 years later

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By Shrishh Attavar

Jose Mourinho questions blank spot in Liverpool managerial shortlist

The fact that Jose Mourinho, a former Manchester United manager watched Liverpool play Fulham at Craven Cottage rather than watch his former side play in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley was natural for people to jump the gun and make assumptions and claims about him taking over from on Merseyside.

Mourinho’s presence at Craven Cottage naturally sparked speculation, with fans speculating about a potential managerial switch to Anfield. However, his recent comments have put an end to the rumours, indicating that he is not in the running to succeed Jurgen Klopp.

Thankfully enough, the man has himself cleared the air. In an exclusive interview with The Telegraph [subscription required], Jose notes that the current shortlist for the next Liverpool boss does not feature his name. While he is arguably the best manager in the world, his past with United surely means not a lot of people envisaged seeing him at Liverpool.

Jose Mourinho responds to the Liverpool managerial vacancy.
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Back in 2004, Jose Mourinho was very close to joining Liverpool after Gerard Houllier’s time with the Reds. However, Rafa Benitez was the one who came in and formed a rivalry with Jose. Coming back to the present, the lack of clarity over who’s to take over in less than two months might be problematic.

However, with Michael Edwards at the helm of the process of finding a new manager, we know that there shall be a big process behind the scenes. Good things take time, and we can only find solace in that quote. While Mourinho has distanced himself from the role, the Reds continue their search for a suitable successor to lead the club into a new era.

Liverpool’s quest for a new manager has seen various names linked with the role, from Xabi Alonso and Ruben Amorim to Roberto De Zerbi. With the search ongoing and the stakes high as the Reds chase Premier League glory, the club’s decision-makers face a crucial task in identifying the right candidate.


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It is surely very important to ensure a smooth transition for the new manager. As the search continues, Liverpool fans will be hoping for a swift resolution as the club looks to build on Klopp’s legacy and continue its pursuit of success on the pitch.

Mourinho was Liverpool’s primary candidate to replace Gerard Houllier in 2004. 20 years on, will it finally be on the cards?