Louis van Gaal: 'I considered Liverpool role'

Louis van Gaal
© PA Photos
Louis van Gaal says that he was interested in joining Liverpool before deciding to become the Netherlands' new manager.

Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal has revealed that he considered joining the new Liverpool set-up before opting to take over the Dutch national team.

The 61-year-old was constantly linked to the Merseyside club as either a successor to sacked boss Kenny Dalglish or as a sporting director working alongside the new manager.

"I've only spoken with Liverpool about a job," said Van Gaal. "My aim was to be manager at a national team.

"That it turned out to be Holland is the best thing that could happen. I had a lot of chances to sign with other clubs, but I rejected it.

"Only Liverpool came with a plan that I liked, because I've never worked in the Premier League and I always wanted to become champion in England."

Despite initial interest from Liverpool, who appointed Brendan Rodgers as their new coach, Van Gaal signed a contract with the Netherlands last month.

Craig Bellamy
Read Next:
Bellamy in Cardiff to discuss move
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole



Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City54101621413
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd54101621413
3Chelsea531185310
4Newcastle UnitedNewcastle53026429
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs52217348
6Huddersfield TownHuddersfield52215328
7Burnley52216518
8Liverpool52219908
9Southampton52214408
10West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom52214408
11Watford522179-28
12Arsenal521278-17
13Stoke CityStoke512256-15
14Swansea CitySwansea512225-35
15Leicester CityLeicester511379-24
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton511347-34
17West Ham UnitedWest Ham5113410-64
18Everton5113210-84
19Bournemouth510439-63
20Crystal Palace500508-80
LIVE SCORES VIDEPRINTER
expand