Ange Postecoglou has had to put his allegiance to Liverpool aside since taking over as Tottenham boss.
The Australian was born in Greece but became a football fanatic during his upbringing in Melbourne – taking a likeness to the Anfield superstars led by iconic manager Bill Shankly during the early 1970s. Having worked his way to the Premier League as a manager via Brisbane Roar, Australia and Celtic including others, Postecoglou has had to put his love of Liverpool to the back of his mind – as he told Gary Lineker on Football Focus.
During their chat, the 58-year-old said: "I was a massive Liverpool fan, loved Bill Shankly, loved the boot room and the stories…" Lineker then asked: "Are you still a Liverpool fan?"
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As Postecoglou joked: "Well… I've taken the posters down mate… Last week! But you know that was kind of the fantasy world I built for myself and it wasn't just the playing, it was all of it.
"When I started playing the game I was self aware that there was a limit to where I was going to reach." He concluded: "I was a battler, I worked hard."
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Postecoglou has enjoyed a fine start to life at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with four wins and a draw from their first five matches. Those results have set them up nicely for the first north London derby of the season which takes place on Sunday (September 24) at the Emirates.
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Arteta's Arsenal have also won four and drawn one of their opening five domestic fixtures, with both men expecting stern opposition. Postecoglou said: "In these fixtures you let the players go out and hopefully try and get them to express themselves in the best possible way."
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