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Ancelotti admits Klopp beat him to the Liverpool job

Tuesday, 7 January 2020


Carlo Ancelotti has revealed he lost out on getting the Liverpool job to Jurgen Klopp back in 2015.

The German was appointed as the new Reds boss after Brendan Rodgers was dismissed following an indifferent start to the 2015/16 Premier League season.

Since then, Klopp has won the Champions League trophy and put the Reds well on course to lifting the Premier League trophy for the first time in the club’s illustrious history.

But after Rodgers’ sacking, it transpired Ancelotti was also on the managerial shortlist after his sacking from Real Madrid.

However, the Italian holds no grudges and believes Fenway Sports Group made the right decision in appointing Klopp, who he will face on Sunday in the FA Cup third round.

 “It was after [I left] Real Madrid, I had a chat with the owner,” Ancelotti said in his pre-match press conference.

“They were looking for a new manager but I think they made a right choice with Jurgen. He is doing fantastic work at Liverpool, so well done.”

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Despite going through the entire Premier League season without suffering defeat, the Reds have tasted defeat in the Champions League this season. Former Napoli boss Ancelotti was the man responsible for masterminding that victory back in September.

However, the former Chelsea manager is well aware his troops must be ‘perfect’ in order to secure a first win at Anfield for the Toffees since 1999 against the European champions.

“Jurgen is my friend, we have a good relationship and I had the luck to beat him last season as well, although they won the competition,” Ancelotti said.

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“At Napoli it was the same, we were able to do a great performance because to beat Liverpool you have to do a great performance, a normal performance is not enough.

“Everything has to be perfect. You must work hard, sacrifice, show intensity – to beat them your game has to be complete.

“You cannot defend for 90 minutes and we do not want to defend for 90 minutes. We want to have the possibility to play our football.”
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