Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is happy he never landed the Tottenham job. When Rodgers was Swansea City manager, he was firmly in the frame to succeed Harry Redknapp and had a number of admirers at White Hart Lane.

Rodgers said: "A close shave. They are a great club and one of the things I looked at was the history.

"They'd had 11 managers in 18 years there so for someone like myself, I needed to create something; I needed to go to a club that was going to give us that opportunity.

"It's difficult...they have had a good couple of years, they were up there under Harry Redknapp.

"Obviously there have been difficulties from Bale leaving. There are many good players but very few who perform week in week out to that level.

"I am more than happy with the choice I made to come here and hopefully in time it will prove to be the right one."

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