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Ross Pilcher

Charlie Nicholas fears Ange Postecoglou Celtic exit scenario arising from Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool struggles

Charlie Nicholas fears Liverpool’s struggles could spell danger for Celtic when it comes to keeping Ange Postecoglou.

The Australian is regularly linked with English Premier League vacancies, with Leeds United being the latest to jettison their manager after sacking Jesse Marsh. Postecoglou’s name has been mentioned but there’s no serious [prospect of him ditching Celtic Park for Elland Road.

But Nicholas reckons it could be Anfield for Ange eventually. The Reds are on a rotten run of form and have struggled to get anywhere near the standards set under jurgen Klopp in previous years. They are tenth in the table, 21 points behind leaders Arsenal and the Champions League, in which they face Real Madrid in the last 16, is their only remaining chance of silverware. Klopp remains popular with the fans, but after seven-and-a-half years on Merseyside, Nicholas wouldn’t be surprised if he decided the summer was time for a change.

And that’s when Hoops fans should start worrying given their manager’s fondness for Liverpool and the appeal a rebuild of the six-time European champions would hold for him. He writes in his Daily Express column: “I hate to say this, but Ange Postecoglou would be an ideal fit for Liverpool. I just hope current incumbent Jurgen Klopp doesn't leave the manager's post any time soon.

“The Reds have struggled badly this season.They're out of both domestic cups and languish 10th in the English Premier League table, a mammoth 21 points behind leaders Arsenal.

“Their last remaining hope of salvaging silverware is the Champions League, where they face a daunting last-16 clash with holders Real Madrid I know the Liverpool fans don't want Klopp to go, but what if he decides he's had enough?

“I'd be shocked if the German left before the end of the season - but there could change in the summer or if the club is bought over.

“I would be concerned about the impact managerial change there could have on Celtic. Would Liverpool come calling for Postecoglou?

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“Put it this way, it would be a bigger surprise if the Aussie was not considered by the Anfield board. Could Postecoglou for Liverpool become reality?

“The 57-year-old will have ambitions as well after successful club stints in Australia, Japan as well as with the Socceroos national team.

“I know Postecoglou is building something special at Celtic, but I do think Liverpool - the team he supported growing up - would have too great a pull for him.

“If they were to search for a new manager then surely Postecoglou would have to come into the equation.

“Look at the job he has done at Parkhead and the style of football he plays.And I love his man management. It's very old fashioned and single-minded.

“Postecoglou is experienced and, importantly, a proven winner. I just hope Celtic can keep him up here for a while longer.”


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