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Liverpool boss Rodgers: Chelsea gutted when Gerrard turned Mourinho down

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers admits everyone at Chelsea were gutted when Steven Gerrard turned down Jose Mourinho. Rodgers - who spent four years at Chelsea after being recruited as a youth coach by Mourinho in 2004 - says the 32-year-old Scouser was right to let his heart rule his head.

Rodgers said: "It was very close with Steven and Chelsea. I was at Chelsea at the time and I remember how ­excited everybody at the club was because they thought he was coming.

"But Steven is a loyal guy and in the end he decided to stay with the club he loves.

"I know it was a big disappointment for Chelsea. Steven had just won the Champions League on his own for Liverpool in 2005 and he was wanted by a lot of clubs, not just Chelsea.

"But Stevie showed his devotion and commitment to the cause here at ­Liverpool. He has admitted himself how close he came to leaving, but his love for Liverpool was stronger than his wish to move to Chelsea.

"I am glad he stayed. I've been given the chance to work with a great man and a great footballer, and Steven has just made his 600th appearance for Liverpool. That's a phenomenal achievement at a club of this stature."

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