23 Feb 2017

Confirmed: Barca hero held talks with 'Liverpool' about move to Anfield and was 'honoured' by LFC's interest

One of Ajax's most legendary players has confirmed that he rejected the chance to succeed Kenny Dalglish as the manager of Liverpool FC.

In the dying throes of Dalglish's second spell in charge, ex-Ajax and Barcelona star Frank de Boer was heavily linked with a move to Anfield, and a year into Brendan Rodgers' reign, De Boer's brother, Ronald, claimed:

"Frank has already denied Liverpool and Tottenham. Tottenham wanted to take him in January but Frank said no. He also said no to Liverpool last year [2013]".

Frank De Boer has now confirmed the approach from Liverpool. In an interview this week, he noted:

"I told Liverpool I was honoured but I was only one year in at Ajax, it was too soon. I needed to achieve more, and I did".

I wonder how Liverpool might've fared under FDB. Would he have done a better job than Rodgers (who, incidentally, came within two points of winning the title in 2013-14). Would Coutinho and Sturridge be at the club right now?

Probably not, but it's likely that Christian Eriksen (heavily linked in 2012-13) would be an LFC player, as well as several other Ajax players. It's also possible that FDB might've last longer than Rodgers, which means that Jurgen Klopp might not be at Anfield right now.

Then again, De Boer crashed and burned after just three months in charge at Inter Milan, a club that - like Liverpool - comes with the huge pressure of huge expectations, so it's possible that he might've suffered a similar fate at Anfield.


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