Ex-Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers opens up on Tottenham snub

The 43-year-old claims he turned down Tottenham Hotspur in favour of joining Liverpool four years ago.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conference

Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed to The Scottish Sun that he "virtually agreed" to become Tottenham Hotspur boss, prior to joining the Reds.

The 43-year-old replaced Kenny Dalglish at Anfield in 2012 and went on to endure a mixed three years on Merseyside, flirting with the Premier League title in 2014, before being sacked 18 months later as the English giants failed to kick on.

At the time of his appointment, Spurs were on the hunt for somebody to replace Harry Redknapp at White Hart Lane, with the job ultimately going to Andre-Villas Boas.

But Rodgers, who was unveiled to the media on Monday after getting the Celtic job this past week, says that he was very close to being the man to replace Redknapp, but says Liverpool's owners - Fenway Sports Group - convinced him.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers after the press conference

“I have to say they were very impressive. They were very realistic in terms of where the club is at. They felt the need to hopefully push it on," he told the Scottish Sun of Celtic's owners.

“It was the same as Liverpool. At the time, I had virtually agreed to go to Tottenham but I met the Liverpool owners and they swung it for me.

"I knew Liverpool was an incredible club with great support, great players and a wonderful history. They were very honest and clear about where they were at."

Celtic fans as New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is presented after the press conference

It has, to be fair, worked out well at Tottenham regardless. AVB only lasted some 18 months in the job, granted, but Mauricio Pochettino - who signed a five-year extension this month - looks to be the real deal.

Spurs mounted a serious Premier League title challenge this past season, before the wheels came loose in the final stretch as Leicester City completed the fairytale story.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

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