Andy Gray has laughed off Liverpool’s decision to acquire a throw-in coach as a means of uncovering a potential attacking edge.
Jurgen Klopp recently employed the expertise of Dane Thomas Gronnemark, who is currently the world-record holder for the longest ever throw-in.
Gronnemark was hired in an effort to enhance Liverpool’s restarts from the sidelines in view of bolstering the swift transition into attack that Klopp’s system thrives on.
Gray has since tried to ridicule the decision, instead managing to remind of his washed-up place in punditry.
Talking on beIN SPORTS, he said: “I know how you can take advantage of a situation, throw it to one of your own players.”
“That would be No.1. No.2. Keep hold of the ball. Maybe we are going to see Andy Robertson do a headstand and take it.”
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Though Gronnemark’s arrival came as something of an admitted surprise, it was also a refreshing reflection of Klopp’s own philosophies.
The German isn’t so arrogant as to turn a blind eye to a possible new and somewhat unique dimension capable of boosting his side’s title prospects.
It’s glaring testament of his dedication to detail in an ever-changing game and one in which throw-ins have notably proven an intriguing weapon.
Discussing Gronnemark, Klopp recently told Liverpoolfc.com: “When I heard about Thomas, it was clear to me I wanted to meet him; when I met him, it was 100 per cent clear I wanted to employ him. Now he is here and we work on that from time to time.”
“You cannot have enough specialists around you.”
Having seen the potency of set-pieces at the World Cup, there’s no reason why a similar focus on a less technical feature to the game can’t pay off.