Pete Jenson for MailOnline

In many ways Carlo Ancelotti and Liverpool would be the perfect match – he’s won five European Cups and so have they. They are two football institutions: one in need of a final challenge, and the other in need of a renaissance.

The players he left behind at Real Madrid last summer – 12 months after winning the Champions League final together in Lisbon – would certainly back him to succeed.

They were genuinely upset at his dismissal. They had lost a boss they liked and believed in. Nothing summed up their support for him like the scenes immediately after that Champions League final win in 2014 when a group of them stormed his post-match press conference to sing songs of praise to their leader and shower him with water and Champagne.

Liverpool have made a shock move for former Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti leaving Brendan Rodgers fighting to keep his job amid a poor start to the season

Liverpool have made a shock move for former Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti leaving Brendan Rodgers fighting to keep his job amid a poor start to the season

The Reds are planning for life without Rodgers should results continue to slide

The Reds are planning for life without Rodgers should results continue to slide

Rodgers captured greeting Ancelotti before their Champions League clash at Anfield last year

Rodgers captured greeting Ancelotti before their Champions League clash at Anfield last year

Ancelotti has a wealth of experience across the continent and has also managed Chelsea 

The Italian lifts both the Premier League and FA Cup after Chelsea clinched both in 2010

The Italian lifts both the Premier League and FA Cup after Chelsea clinched both in 2010

Ancelotti was mobbed by the Real Madrid team after winning the Champions League in 2014

Ancelotti was mobbed by the Real Madrid team after winning the Champions League in 2014

ANCELOTTI’S CV 

Juventus

Intertoto Cup (1999)

AC Milan

Champions League (2003, 2007)

UEFA Super Cup (2003, 2007)

Serie A (2004)

Coppa Italia (2004)

Chelsea

Premier League (2010)

FA Cup (2010)

PSG 

Ligue 1 (2013)

Real Madrid

Champions League (2014)

UEFA Super Cup (2014)

World Club Cup (2014)

Copa del Rey (2014) 

They knew that had they lost the final he would have been sacked. The extra-time victory meant he stayed a year longer and when he was finally moved on 12 months later the dressing room’s most influential figures Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos both tweeted their thinly veiled displeasure at president Florentino Perez’s decision.

Another man with only positive things to say about Ancelotti is Paul Clement – his assistant at both Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid, and the first man he embraced on the final whistle at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon on the night of Real’s 10th European Cup win.

‘Carlo is very good at making sure that whether you are going to play for one minute or 90 minutes you are fully focused,’ he says of the man-management skills needed to lead a squad with so many players whose egos and talents demand that they play every week.

He is a player’s manager and no player’s personality is too big. He got along with Zlatan Ibrahimovic at PSG, with John Terry at Chelsea, and Ronaldo adored him at Real. The doubt over his suitability to Liverpool would be: do they have any big players anymore?

There is a sense in Spain that he became less effective during his second season at Madrid because injuries deprived him of some of those top players. They say it increased the importance of the work on the training ground between matches and that he was found wanting.

There were complaints about his ageing technical staff and he was asked to break up the tight group of assistants he had worked with for almost 20 years in favour of a younger more dynamic coaching team hired by the club. Fiercely loyal, Ancelotti stuck by 58-year-old fitness coach Giovanni Mauri and 66-year-old goalkeeping coach Viliam Vecchi and they all lost their jobs.

To say winning ‘La Decima’ is his Spanish legacy would be to grossly overestimate the respect Real pay their former coaches. At Anfield the European Cup winning managers get a banner on the Kop; at the Bernabeu they are more likely to be forgotten.

Ancelotti throws the Champions League after AC Milan Liverpool in 2007
Milan also clinched the prize at Old Trafford in 2003

Ancelotti twice won the Champions League as manager of AC Milan (left in 2007 and right in 2003)

Ancelotti did however see Milan throw away a three-goal lead against Liverpool in the 2005 final

Ancelotti did however see Milan throw away a three-goal lead against Liverpool in the 2005 final

Ancelotti celebrates after Real Madrid beat Atletico in the 2014 Champions League in Lisbon

Ancelotti celebrates after Real Madrid beat Atletico in the 2014 Champions League in Lisbon

Paul Clement (second left) was Ancelotti's assistant at both Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid

Paul Clement (second left) was Ancelotti’s assistant at both Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid

Real celebrate with an open-top bus parade on the streets of Madrid after beating Atletico

Real celebrate with an open-top bus parade on the streets of Madrid after beating Atletico

Perez never much cared for his coach anyway. And despite a reputation for being a yes man to Silvio Berlusconi, Ancelotti didn’t always dance to the Real president’s tune, refusing to give teenage Norwegian international Martin Odegaard a Champions League debut because he believed it was unfair on the dressing room – once again putting his players first.

The cold parting of the ways last summer doesn’t seem to have left him bitter. He tweeted a picture of himself in August salmon fishing off the coast of Vancouver. When most coaches were frantically trying to get the best out of the transfer window he was enjoying his sabbatical.

The image encapsulated the view of him in Spain – laid back and capable of sailing a straight course without rocking the boat. If Liverpool need a rabble-rouser who will inspire them to greatness, Ancelotti – who has tended to inherit greatness in the squads he has taken over – is probably not the man, should they see fit to replace Brendan Rodgers. But if they want someone who commands respect it’s hard to think of anyone in football better suited.

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