Former United manager Van Gaal reveals ‘lengthy Liverpool talks’

Louis van Gaal has revealed that he could have become the new manager of Liverpool in 2012. The Dutchman, however, never heard again from the Reds before taking on the Holland job and guide the Dutch Lions to third place at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. After the tournament he then joined Manchester United.

Van Gaal told FourFourTwo: “Yes, their managing director [Ian Ayre] came over to Portugal where I have a house, and we held lengthy talks – he even stayed on to have dinner. After he left, though, I never actually heard anything again. I don’t imagine he would have come out to Portugal if they weren’t serious about it, but later I heard I was apparently too arrogant or something. I don’t know.”

Van Gaal would stay for two seasons at United before being replaced by Jose Mourinho in 2016. The now 69-year-old would lead 103 matches at the Red Devils as he finished in fourth position in 2015 and fifth position a year later, missing out on the Champions League. That result in the Premier League led into United deciding to replace Van Gaal with Mourinho.