Stamford Bridge boss attempted to lure Anfield legend to west London.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has revealed that failing to sign Liverpool veteran Steven Gerrard is one of the biggest disappointments of his stellar managerial career according to the London Evening Standard.
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The 34 year old Anfield skipper will leave Merseyside in the summer as he prepares for a new chapter in his playing career.
Mourinho’s side take on Liverpool in the Capital One Cup semi-final this month and the Portuguese boss has revealed that he ‘dreamed’ of bringing Gerrard to Stamford Bridge, stating;
“He (Gerrard) is a historical player for Liverpool, a historical player for the Premier League and an opponent I have always admired and respected,”
“We did everything to try (to sign him) and it was almost there. I was dreaming of (Claude) Makelele, Gerrard and (Frank) Lampard in midfield.
“We were playing in a proper triangle without a number 10 and playing Maka in front of the defenders. Me, Mr Abramovich and (former Chelsea chief executive) Peter Kenyon at that time, we dreamed of that.
“His people were open to him joining a top side like Chelsea. But to me personally he never said he would come. Never.
“He (Gerrard) was always a red and I think the decision was right.”
Steven Gerrard will no doubt look to secure some silverware in his final campaign at Liverpool and should his side overcome Chelsea then a League Cup triumph could well be within reach.
Gerrard has agreed a move to join MLS side LA Galaxy, bringing to an end his lengthy spell at Liverpool, on an 18 month deal.
The Whiston born midfielder is into his 17th season in the Liverpool first team set-up and has made a total of 697 appearances for the club, netting 182 goal in the process.
Mourinho’s Chelsea side are handily placed to secure a possible quadruple this season with the Blues top of the Premier League and still very much in the running to secure possible FA Cup, Capital One Cup and Champions League crowns.