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As Jose Mourinho took his seat to watch Manchester Utd's clash with Liverpool on Sunday, many believed the Real Madrid manager could soon be the manager of one of the teams. According to the bookmakers, plenty of people believe that team might be Liverpool.
Having lost league matches to West Brom, Stoke and Aston Villa in recent months, it is probably fair to say that the Brendan Rogers project is not evolving how Liverpool's owners hoped it would. The former Swansea manager undoubtedly needs a few more seasons to develop his squad and style, but in the fickle world of Premier League football, time may not be a luxury he is granted.
As a club who have only won a League Cup trophy in the past six seasons, Liverpool would be extremely keen to bring in a man who has won at least one trophy in every campaign of the past ten years.
However, they may not be attracted to the baggage he brings. His spells at Chelsea and Madrid suggest he has destructive tendencies. A club that has had four managers in the past three years may not want a manager who has spent no more than three years with a single employer.
For these reasons and more, one would imagine coaches like Roberto Martinez, Martin O'Neill or even Rafa Benitez would be above him on the pecking order.
Also, Mourinho clearly wants to equal Bob Paisley's record of three European Cup trophies. In the short-to-medium term, Liverpool are not the club with whom he can do this.