Manchester United hero Roy Keane is admitting he would become Liverpool manager if he was asked – despite Wigan’s Roberto Martinez speaking with the owners.
The Old Trafford legend will stun both sets of fans if he takes the role at Anfield after helping United topple their league title record – Keane won seven titles in 12 years.
The no-nonsense skipper, whose final game was in front of the Kop, was treasured by United fans and despised by rivals Liverpool.
"Timing is everything for a manager – far more important than for a player," Keane said. "That's why the likes of Roberto Martinez and Brendan Rodgers have to think carefully about their next move.
"I'm speaking from experience. In my last season at Sunderland we were talking about a new contract after we made a decent start. Four weeks later I was out of a job. You can be hailed as the next best thing one minute then the next thing you know you're sacked.
"Now is the time for [Roberto Martinez] to go and if I were him I'd jump at the chance to go to Liverpool. It might not be the best time in the club's history but it's still a great job.
"Liverpool will always be a bigger club than either Swansea or Wigan and if a chance comes to go there, you've got to take it because it might never come around again.
"Put it this way, I'd take it and my mobile is on."
Keane is unlikely to be offered the job at Liverpool as the American owners pursue Martinez and Swansea’s Brendan Rodgers to fill the shoes of Kenny Dalglish.