Manchester City boss - 'I had a conversation with Liverpool'

Manuel Pellegrini says he could have taken over at Liverpool when he left Real Madrid in 2010

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says he had the chance to take the managerial role at Liverpool after he left Real Madrid.

The Chilean managed Madrid for the 2009/10 season, but was succeeded by now Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho after he failed to win a trophy at the Bernabeu.

Pellegrini claims he was in talks with Liverpool in the summer that he left Real Madrid, with the City boss eventually opting to remain in La Liga with Malaga.

"After I finished with Real Madrid, I had a conversation with Liverpool,' he said in his Friday press conference.

'It's in the past not the future. I have no regrets about not taking Liverpool job because it gave me the chance to work at Manchester City. No regrets about that."

Pellegrini spoke to Liverpool board members Kenny Dalglish and Christian Purslow about potentially taking over at Anfield, only for the club to appoint England manager Roy Hogdson. Hogdson lasted just eight months in the Liverpool dug-out and was replaced by Dalglish himself before Brendan Rodgers took over in the summer of 2012.

Pellegrini was speaking during the build up to Manchester City’s crunch fixture against the club he almost joined on Sunday.

His side sit third in the Premier League table, four points behind Liverpool, but with two games in hand over their title rivals. The clubs meet this weekend in what is set to be the biggest game of the Premier League season so far.

Pellegrini has been given a squad boost for Sunday as Sergio Aguero returns from injury to potentially make his first league appearance since City beat Tottenham 5-1 at the end of January.

The Manchester City manager has already secured one piece of silverware this season, winning the league cup at Wembley last month. Pellegrini’s season will though be judged on more prestigious awards, and victory on Sunday may go a long way to deciding the extent of his success this season.

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