Van Gaal admits Liverpool temptation
Louis van Gaal admits he was tempted to take the manager's position at Liverpool before being offered the Netherlands job.
Van Gaal, 62, was appointed the new Holland boss last month, replacing Bert van Marwijk who was dismissed after a disappointing Euro 2012 campaign with the national side.
But the former Ajax, Barcelona, AZ Alkmaar and Bayern Munich coach has said he almost took the Liverpool job, although he insists he always wanted to become manager of a national team.
"I've only spoken with Liverpool about a job," he told reporters. "My aim was to be manager at a national team.
"That it turned out to be Holland is the best thing that could happen. I had a lot of chances to sign with other clubs, but I rejected it.
"Only Liverpool came with a plan that I liked, because I've never worked in the Premier League and I always wanted to become champion in England."
Van Gaal is set for his second stint as Oranje boss after managing the side between 2000 and 2002 when he stepped down after failing to qualify for the World Cup finals in South Korea and Japan.