Danny Murphy once again drew attention to the topic of set piece coaches on talkSPORT, questioning the point of such a role amongst Premier League quality managers and coaches.
Liverpool’s throw-in specialist, Thomas Gronnemark, was having none of it on Twitter after being nudged for a response by a fan, explaining the importance of his work.
🤔 “What a could a set piece coach [do]? You’ve already got a manager & his coaches! These are basics!”
💭 “If you’ve got two coaches & a manager, why is someone telling you how to work on throw ins?
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) August 23, 2021
It's pretty simple. If the specialist coach have been researching his/her subject for 17 years… every day, like I have, then an assistent coach will never have a single chance to have the same knowledge around that subject. They are more generalists.
That's why they bring me in
— Thomas Gronnemark (@ThomasThrowin) August 23, 2021
The Reds have arguably reaped some significant rewards from the coach’s work with the club, integrating throw-ins as part of its buildup play and improving ball retention.
Given Jurgen Klopp’s obsession with finding small advantages that can aid our ongoing evolution and keep opponents on their toes, we find it extremely hard to believe that Gronnemark and other specialist coaches offer no value.
Much in the same way as we have a Sporting Director in Michael Edwards working behind the scenes, you can observe clear gains being made from having specialist positions at the club.
As long as Klopp sees such involvement as being necessary, we at the Empire of the Kop will always be in favour of it.