Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou wouldn’t have a problem dealing with the pressure of taking over from Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.
That’s the view of former Celtic player Chris Sutton. Writing for the Daily Record, Sutton claimed that Postecoglou would ‘make an impact’ at Anfield. However, given his lack of top-level experience, the pundit isn’t sure Liverpool would give him a chance.
“When I think of how the very top clubs in England would go about potentially filling posts in the modern game, I harbour lingering doubts about them looking towards Glasgow,” he explained. “Let me make an example. And it is just an example because I don’t want people thinking I’m advocating for or predicting the exit of Jurgen Klopp from Liverpool.
“But, if the German were to leave his post at Anfield tomorrow, I don’t think there are many who wouldn’t think Postecoglou could go into a club of that size and make an impact. He plays their attacking brand of football and has shown in Glasgow he can handle a big environment.
“My biggest question would be over those people filling the vacancy. In this current footballing world, would the owners of a Liverpool look to Scotland for an Australian who is the manager of Celtic? Or would they prefer to go down the perceived glamour route? For a Mauricio Pochettino type, for instance?”
Hopefully that isn’t a question we’ll have to answer for a few years, yet. But when Jurgen does give up his post at Liverpool, Postecoglou should have more than a few titles at Celtic on his CV, or he’s got no chance.
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Perhaps it’s the wrong position to take, but you’d have to assume that Ange would be nowhere near the Liverpool job if it came up tomorrow.
With all due respect to the Australian and the work he’s done at Celtic, the jobs simply do not correlate right now. In terms of club size and tradition, there is an obvious comparison.
But given the financial disparity between English and Scottish football right now, there’s simply no likeness at all.
Postecoglou would go from being top dog in a two-team division, to battling it out with some of the biggest clubs in world football.
It isn’t as though he couldn’t do it. The 57-year-old is clearly a very strong personality and has shades of Klopp in the way he leads the Glaswegians. But if he wants to be considered for such jobs, then he needs to get some experience at football’s top-level.
Again, with all respect to Celtic, that isn’t where they currently play.
We don’t know what shape Liverpool will be in when Klopp finally calls it a day at Anfield. If they continue on the downward pattern they’re on now, then Postecoglou may well stand a chance of succeeding Jurgen. Should the Reds get back to where they should be though, we can probably rule this one out.