Andy Gray mocks Liverpool for throw-in coach and jokes he wants to teach kick-offs

ANDY GRAY mocked Liverpool for employing a specialist throw-in coach by giving Jurgen Klopp’s men some of his own advice.

Former Everton striker Gray thought it was unnecessary to bring in Thomas Gronnemark to improve throws and was typically sarcastic as he suggested he could be the “kick-off coach”.

Andy Gray mocked Liverpool for employing a specialist throw-in coach
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Thomas Gronnemark has been brought in to try and secure an added edge for the Reds this season
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Speaking on beIN Sports, Gray, 62, said: “I know how you can take advantage of a situation, throw it to one of your own players.

“That would be number one. Number two, keep hold of the ball. Maybe we are going to see Andy Robertson do a headstand and take it.

“Here is a lesson. Pick the ball up, take it behind your head, throw it to a teammate and keep both feet on the ground.

“I have got a new one. I want to be the first kick-off coach.”

Klopp brought in Gronnemark towards the end of August following successful spells with Midtylland, Schalke and Hertha Berlin and his impact was evident in Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Leicester with a series of long throw-ins throughout the game.

And the Reds gaffer defended the appointment of the Danish Gronnemark despite some criticisms that it was a waste.

Klopp said: “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. I must always be the guy who makes the decisions on when we use all these specialists but you cannot have enough.

Jurgen Klopp defended the decision to bring in Gronnemark, who holds the world record for the longest throw-in
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The Dane was working for Midtylland when they beat Manchester United in the Europa League in 2016

“We have the fitness, medical department, we have the nutrition, and now we have somebody for throw-ins.”

During his time with Midtylland, the club beat Manchester United in the Europa League and large parts of their European campaign success were credited to Gronnemark.

The 42-year-old also holds the world record for the longest recorded throw-in, launching the ball a staggering 51.33 metres at a speed around 100kph.

He has been working on his technique since the age of ten, including developing the flip throw-in, and has set up his own coaching course to help players improve.



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