Ange Postecoglou may have a vision for a ‘Liverpool-type front three’ at Celtic, Alex McLeish says.
Postecoglou has mostly used Liel Abada and Kyogo Furuhashi, signed during the summer transfer window for a combined fee of around £8million, either side of a central striker.
Odsonne Edouard led the line last time out against Rangers, but he’s since sealed a move to Crystal Palace.
Last season’s Eredivisie top-scorer Giorgos Giakoumakis has been brought in from VVV-Venlo as the Frenchman’s replacement.
Former Scotland boss McLeish, speaking to Football Insider, said the biggest similarity he had noted with Jurgen Klopp’s attack was the work-rate being demanded.
He explained that they need not be ‘brilliant defenders’, but have a key role to play in the team’s pressing structure.
“It almost seems like he’s trying to create, possibly a Liverpool-type front three,” he said.
“One where the front three are going everywhere and anywhere but sticking to their defensive duties.
“Obviously not being brilliant defenders but playing in the correct positions that can allow teammates to recover the ball.
“The Liverpool players do that with ease at times.”
This is consistent with what we were told shortly before Postecoglou was appointed at Celtic. In June, former Australia and Rangers defender Craig Moore likened his brand of football to that of Klopp, as well as Marcelo Bielsa, Thomas Tuchel and Pep Guardiola.
None of those managers would have achieved what they have if their sides weren’t exceptionally disciplined and relentless in their running, and Celtic fans should surely be excited by the prospect of a similar approach being implemented, considering the success of those names.
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