Jurgen Klopp is right to hire a throw-in coach as Liverpool score fewer goals that way than all their rivals
PEOPLE mocked Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool for bringing in a throw-in coach — and I really don’t understand why.
Anyone against the use of new man Thomas Gronnemark are not forward-thinking.
Anything that gives you an extra per cent is always going to help and Liverpool are the club who can benefit most from a throw-in coach.
In the last 11 seasons they have only scored four league goals directly from throw-ins, whereas at Stoke we scored NINE in our first season!
Their famed five-second press allows no time on the ball and will lead to a lot of throw-ins in the opponent’s half as teams struggle to get their pass off.
They can knock it long to a centre-forward — who will more than likely be isolated — and the ball comes straight back. Or just get it out of play to readjust.
But if Liverpool begin to score from throw-ins, it will sow seeds of doubt in the opposition minds.
Teams will not want to lump it long or kick it out, so they will go back to their keeper, nullifying their own counter threat.
At Stoke, Rory Delap’s long throws became such a weapon it didn’t take long for teams to take drastic measures to stop us.
Hull’s Dean Windass got booked for doing star jumps in front of Rory while keeper Boaz Myhill used to put it out for a corner rather than concede a throw. We knew opponents spent a large part of their week dealing with that threat.
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At Liverpool it is all going to be about movement and how they can free players up — not launching it into the box like we did at Stoke.
The end goal though, creating opportunities, is exactly the same.
Liverpool’s front three have superb movement and a lot of what they do in open play may work at throws.
Due to their pace and the fact you cannot be offside from a throw, space in the midfield will open up.
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Klopp’s Reds have created a new problem for the opposition by employing Gronnemark.
Teams have coaches for almost every aspect of play now so why wouldn’t you bring in a throw-in coach?
They have added another string to their bow — the last thing any other team in the league wants to hear!