Tuesday 23 July 2019

Klopp adds to coaching staff with specialist for throw-ins

Klopp estimated Liverpool take or defend around 50 throw-ins per match, so it was worthwhile
analysing every detail of his team’s performance going into a new season. Photo: Reuters/Peter Powell
Klopp estimated Liverpool take or defend around 50 throw-ins per match, so it was worthwhile analysing every detail of his team’s performance going into a new season. Photo: Reuters/Peter Powell

Chris Bascombe

Jurgen Klopp has appointed a dedicated 'throw-in' coach at Liverpool.

Dane Thomas Gronnemark started working on a part-time basis during the club's pre-season training camp, seeking to minimise the number of errors from the set-play.

He has been primarily helping full-backs Andy Robertson, Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Nathaniel Clyne and Alberto Moreno. James Milner, Sadio Mane and Gini Wijnaldum have also been part of the sessions.

Gronnemark, who previously worked with Midtjylland and Bundesliga sides Schalke and Hertha Berlin was approached directly by Klopp to bring the secrets of his 'Long Throw Academy' to Anfield.

Specialist coaches are becoming the norm, particularly on the continent, but a dedicated trainer for throw-ins is a first in English football.

Klopp estimated Liverpool take or defend around 50 throw-ins per match, so it was worthwhile analysing every detail of his team's performance going into a new season.

After studying his team's displays last year, Klopp felt his players squandered possession too often from throw-ins.

Rather than encouraging a long-throw, Gronnemark has been advising on the most effective way of using the restart to trigger attacks, and how to avoid putting team-mates under pressure when in their own half.

His involvement means he travels to Liverpool for a couple of sessions a month and he has already been proactive with the senior squad in the early weeks of this season. It is a relationship which looks like continuing for the time-being.

Gronnemark established himself when he secured the world record for the longest throw-in - over 56 yards. He has also worked with Denmark's athletics and bobsled teams. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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