Steven Gerrard has revealed just how close he was to linking up with Jose Mourinho during his player career.
The former Liverpool midfielder was strongly linked with moves to both Chelsea and Real Madrid when the Portuguese was managing both clubs, but Gerrard has now revealed just how desperate Mourinho was to land him.
Speaking at an event in Belfast called ‘Steven Gerrard Live’, the former England skipper fielded a question about how close he was to being snapped up by the now-Manchester United boss.
“It depends how close, close is!,” said Gerrard.
“Of course there was a lot of speculation around 2004/2005.
“He tried to sign me probably about five or six times during my career.
“Twice at Chelsea, he tried to sign me at Inter Milan and for Real Madrid as well.
“I could have gone and played for him at different teams but I never did.”
The Liverpool skipper resisted the temptation to sign for Mourinho, remaining at Anfield until 2015 when he signed for MLS side LA Galaxy.
He hung up his boots in November and is now the under-18s coach at Liverpool, where he is working with Jurgen Klopp for the first time.
And Gerrard gave some insight to working under Klopp, who he sees as “the most demanding manager” in the game
“He is a very demanding manager,” Gerrard continued. “I think he is different to all the other managers.
“What struck me first about Jurgen was the demands. He is a manager who won’t do it any other way except his way.
“I think the players are playing for the most demanding manager in world football.
“There’s no negotiables when it comes down to hard work and running and winning your own individual battles.
“If you aren’t prepared to go in where it hurts for this manager you won’t be around for very long.”