He’s grown up a Liverpool fan and the stars could align for him to manage at Anfield next season – but St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin is keen to play things down, slightly.

It’s all very hypothetical at this point, but there’s a genuine chance St Mirren could play Liverpool next season. The Saints are in the Scottish Cup semi-finals and winning that competition would guarantee group stage football in the Europa Conference League, should they not win the Europa League play-off.

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Goodwin v Klopp at Anfield? (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Currently occupying the Premier League’s conference spot is Liverpool. If Jurgen Klopp’s side stay there and Saints win the cup, the Anfield dream is on for Goodwin, but he’s focused on beating St Johnstone in the semi-final before getting his hopes up.

He said: “It would be a dream to manage at Anfield next season, Liverpool have been my English team and always have been. But look, we can’t get too far ahead of ourselves. I’ve talked far too much about certain things and been shot down in flames talking about the top six (in the Scottish Premiership).

“I need to take a leaf out of St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson’s book and play things down a little bit more. But I can’t help it, I am very confident in the group we have got. I believe this group is capable of doing something special.

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Goodwin’s keeping feet on the ground.  (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“Of course we need lots of things to fall into place for all of this to happen but I would much rather have that mindset as opposed to a negative one. We will get through the league games first and if we get to the Scottish Cup final then we don’t care who we face. We’ll go believing we can win it and as long as I am manager that is the message.”

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