Ajax manager Frank de Boer has revealed that he turned down the opportunity to manage Liverpool two years ago.
The 44-year-old is with the Dutch champions since December 2010 and has helped Ajax win four consecutive Eredivisie titles so far. He has been instrumental in the Dutch outfit's domestic success in the last few years.
The Reds sacked their legend Kenny Dalglish in 2012 and appointed Brendan Rodgers, who joined the Merseyside club after leaving Swansea City. Liverpool offered De Boer the Anfield job and he admitted that he was flattered by the offer made by the Premier League outfit.
"Two years ago, I was very honoured that Liverpool asked me if I was interested in the job," De Boer told Sky Sports.
"There was still was other candidates also. But I just signed a new contract and I said you are too early at this moment."
The former Netherlands international also admitted that he was on the shortlist for the managerial position at Tottenham Hotspur. However, the north London club's chairman Daniel Levy appointed Mauricio Pochettino.
"Tottenham, last year, I was one of the candidates and in the end they chose Pochettino and all respect to the choice. There were two clubs that I was quite interested in."
"I would like to manage in England but also Germany and the Spanish league because they are the three best leagues in the world, so I would like to get that experience."
Meanwhile, Alan Pardew left Newcastle United and took the managerial post at Crystal Palace. The position at St James' Park is still vacant and De Boer admitted that he will not swap clubs in the middle of the season.
"I only said if they asked I don't go because I am now with Ajax and I don't want to go halfway (through a season) while also stepping into a team that are already halfway too," the Ajax manager said.
"So for me, if there will be a chance it is always in the new season. I have everything open... but I will be ready, that's for sure."