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Rodgers blocked Van Gaal from taking Liverpool job

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal could've been working in the front office at Liverpool, revealed manager Brendan Rodgers.

Van Gaal was interviewed for a sporting director role at Liverpool in May 2012 following the sacking of Kenny Dalglish.

However, Rodgers convinced owner John W Henry he did not need any figure above him in such a structure.

"I'm not sure how many people the club spoke to but certainly for me coming in, I was always going to work with a team of people, rather than for a director of football," Rodgers said.

"I always think the manager is the technical director. He is the man who oversees the football development of the club, and I believe you should take on that responsibility when you are manager.

"I work best whenever I have clear communication lines with owners.

"My only failure - if you can call it that - was when I had something in between at Reading, which was when I had a director of football.

"One of my strengths is to communicate upwards, and if I can't do that, or if the message is watered down then I don't work the same.

"For me it was important that when I came in (to Liverpool) I didn't want those lines blocked.

"It's not that I can never work with one. But I felt it was important, with all the work that needed to be done, and the size of the job I took on, that I needed to have the full responsibility in order to do that job. And I think the owners backed that."

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