Jose Mourinho has been approached to take over at Liverpool twice since his breakthrough at Porto, with the most recent offer coming shortly before the Reds appointed Jurgen Klopp as Brendan Rodgers’ successor.
Yahoo Sport report that the then-Chelsea manager was approached early in his final season at Stamford Bridge, as fractures started to appear in a tense Blues dressing room after a poor start to their title defence.
Fenway Sports Group were making plans to remove Rodgers from his post at that time, offering Mourinho the chance to jump ship from his position in west London before he was pushed – an opportunity he declined, believing that he would be given more time to turn things around.
He was removed from his post in December.
The first approach came some years earlier, before the Portuguese manager had taken his first job in England – the Reds moving for him shortly after his Porto side beat Manchester United in the last 16 of the Champions League on their way to only the second European Cup triumph in the club’s history.
Brazilian agent Jorge Baidek was tasked with the job of bringing Mourinho to Anfield to replace Gerard Houllier, but it was Jorge Mendes – then still developing his reputation as an agent, rather than being the notorious deal-master he is today – who put together a package which saw Mourinho begin his Premier League career at Chelsea.
“Abramovich was fast and moved,” a close friend told Yahoo Sport. “And Mendes was more clever than Baidek.”