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  • Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti discusses how Liverpool snubbed him for Jurgen Klopp
  • Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti discusses how Liverpool snubbed him for Jurgen Klopp
    Liverpool interviewed Carlo Ancelotti back in 2015 but opted to appoint Jurgen Klopp as Brendan Rodgers’ successor instead, although the new Everton boss has no hard feelings
    Carlo Ancelotti went head-to-head with Jurgen Klopp for the Liverpool job in 2015 - and fate has the two squaring off in the Merseyside derby tomorrow.
    Everton’s new manager was a frontrunner alongside Klopp for the Reds job a little over four years ago.
    Following Brendan Rodgers’ dismissal at Anfield, owners Fenway Sports Group conducted their search for a long-term solution in the hot seat.
    Klopp stood out as a dream candidate, but Ancelotti’s credentials also had him high in their thoughts.
    Eventually, The Telegraph say it was narrowed down to the two Merseyside managers, and Klopp edged out the Italian.
    It has proven to be not just the right call by Liverpool’s owners but the ultimate decision.
    Since Klopp’s arrival, Liverpool have been building their way back to the very top of English, European and world football.
    Their dominance is unmatched at present, as the Reds are firmly on course to lift their first ever Premier League trophy this season, while they were also crowned Champions League winners and FIFA Club World Cup victors in 2019.
    Ancelotti takes his Everton team to Anfield tomorrow for their crunch FA Cup third round tie (4.01pm), and he was asked about the time he almost became Liverpool boss.
    But the three-time Champions League winning manager has no ill-feelings about how things panned out.
    “It was after (I left) Real Madrid, I had a chat with the owner,” Ancelotti revealed.
    “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.”
    Ancelotti remained out of work for the entire 2015/16 season, having been axed at the Bernabeu in the summer of 2015 despite winning the Copa del Rey, the Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup in 2014.
    He has since had spells with Bayern Munich and Napoli, before last month saw Everton convince the 60-year-old to lead the next project at Goodison Park.
    It was an early Christmas present to Evertonians, who are still amazed Ancelotti has taken over.
    But Sunday’s FA Cup tie is expected to play out very differently with Everton already a much bigger threat to Liverpool.
    One of the biggest calls both managers have to make tomorrow is with their team selection as Liverpool’s hectic winter schedule could catch up with them very soon.
    Klopp may rest some of his star players, while Ancelotti’s Everton, who sit comfortably away from the relegation zone in 11th now, are expected to give it everything they’ve got to dump Liverpool out of the FA Cup.

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