Klopp explains appointment of throw-in coach
Jürgen Klopp has explained why it made sense for Liverpool to employ the services of specialist throw-in coach Thomas Gronnemark.
At his pre-Leicester City press conference on Friday, the manager confirmed that the Dane has been working with the Reds as part of their training programmes.
“I think it’s not only important to me, it’s important to everybody,” said Klopp.
“To be honest, I’d never heard about a throw-in coach. How it is as a football manager, you know a lot about different things – I played the game, I’ve been managing since around about 18 years or so – but that doesn’t mean I’m a goalkeeper specialist and I’m obviously not a throw-in specialist.
“I know about different movements, what we always did, but it was not 100 per cent clear – maybe it’s my fault – how I can improve the guy with the ball, not only the movements of all the other guys.
“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.
“We use his information as well during the weeks when he is not here. We use it of course for the Academy as well. It’s good.
“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. We have the fitness, medical department, we have the nutrition, and now we have somebody for throw-ins.
“He’s a good guy, to be honest. He has already [made a difference]. The boys like it; when you have somebody who knows what he is talking about, it always helps when you want to improve something.”