Real Madrid wanted Gerrard so bad, they wanted him to start a war with Liverpool and force a move away from Anfield.
The current LA Galaxy midfielder was a constant transfer target for Real Madrid when Mourinho was in charge, but Gerrard had no desire to switch sides.
Gerrard said his love for Liverpool was too strong for him to consider joining forces with Mourinho, who was close to signing the midfielder for Chelsea in 2005.
“They wanted me to kick up a war to get out of Liverpool for a certain amount of money, which I wasn’t prepared to do,” the 35-year-old said.
“I think Real Madrid, when they’re after a player they have the attitude of ‘we’re Real Madrid, you should fight to come to us’.
“But with my love for Liverpool, I’m not prepared to go to war and plus I was very happy and stable at the time.”
Gerrard has scored one goal since moving to the Galaxy, who are third in the MLS Western Conference with four regular-season matches remaining.