De Boer: Reds approach ‘was too soon’

Frank de Boer has expressed a desire to manage in the Premier League, despite turning down an approach from Liverpool back in 2012.

The Reds were searching for Kenny Dalglish's successor and signalled out De Boer, who was in charge of Ajax at the time having just led them to back-to-back Eredivisie titles.

However, the former Netherlands international opted to remain at the Amsterdam ArenA as he felt the Anfield job had come "too soon" in his managerial career, which began in 2007 with three-year spell as the Dutch giants' youth coach.

The Merseysiders settled on then-Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers in the end, while De Boer went to win the league for four years running before joining Inter Milan in 2016.

"I would love to manage here [in the Premier League]. But the project has to be right," the 46-year-old told the Daily Mail in an interview.

"I told Liverpool I was honoured but I was only one year in at Ajax, it was too soon. I needed to achieve more, and I did."

De Boer's stint at the San Siro was short-lived, however, as the Serie A sacked him after just 85 days at the helm.

He added: "Leaving Ajax after 25 years as player, coach and manager was hard, but sometimes you are saying the same things, you need a new challenge, like Pep [Guardiola]. But at Inter I had to deal with so many things away from football, you lose energy.

"Every time you thought: 'Finally, a good result, everything has calmed down,' then comes Mauro Icardi's book [in which the captain criticised the club's Ultras] or Marcelo Brozovic is in the discotheque and you have to punish him. We only had three months but honestly, it felt like a year."