Jose Mourinho has revealed that departing Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is perhaps his greatest transfer disappointment having attempted to sign him at Chelsea back in 2005, Sky
The Portuguese boss targeted the former England captain during his first spell at the club to form what he described as a dream midfielder with Claude Makelele and Frank Lampard.
Discussions took place and the deal was thought to be close before Gerrard ultimately decided he did not want to leave his boyhood club.
And with The 34-year-old ending his 17 year association with the Reds this summer – having announced he will be joining LA Galaxy in America when his contract expires this summer – Mourinho has spoken of his total respect for his opponent.
He said: “He (Gerrard) is a historical player for Liverpool, a historical player for the Premier League and an opponent I have always admired and respected.
“We did everything to try (to sign him) and it was almost there. I was dreaming of (Claude) Makelele, Gerrard and (Frank) Lampard in midfield.
“We were playing in a proper triangle without a number 10 and playing Maka in front of the defenders. Me, Mr Abramovich and (former Chelsea chief executive) Peter Kenyon at that time, we dreamed of that.”
Despite Gerrard’s representatives being open to a move, Mourinho made it clear that the player didn’t once say to him he would be leaving Liverpool.
The Liverpool captain these days is subject of a popular Chelsea fans’ chant referring to his now infamous slip last season against them that helped hand Manchester City the Premier League title.
And Mourinho feels it is time to stop poking fun at Gerrard, who is one of the few players in the league that should command respect from everyone he faces.
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