Gary Lineker’s tweet about Liverpool’s new throw-in coach is absolutely spot on

After four wins from their first four Premier League matches, many are tipping Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to push Manchester City close this season.

The Reds finished a massive 25 points behind Pep Guardiola’s side last campaign but they’ve attempted to bridge the gap in the transfer window.

In came Fabinho, Naby Keita, Alisson and Xherdan Shaqiri as Klopp seeks his first trophy since arriving at Anfield.

But another ‘signing’ Liverpool have made recently has got everyone talking.

Thomas Gronnemark has been appointed as Liverpool’s throw-in coach.

Gronnemark holds the current world record of the longest throw-in at 51.33 metres but his appointment has been questioned by some.

Andy Gray ridiculed it on BeIN Sports by sarcastically saying: “I’m sorry, a throw-in coach? Here’s the ball, pick it up with both hands, take it behind your head and throw it with both feet on the ground.”

But Gary Lineker has hit back.

The Match of the Day presenter is definitely backing Klopp’s decision to bring in the Danish throwing expert.

And on Tuesday night, he tweeted: “Don’t understand the sniping at Klopp’s appointment of a throw-in coach. If it brings about one extra goal, an extra point or two, it could make all the difference to a season. It’s the little things….”


Marginal gains. That’s what it’s all about.

Gronnemark hasn’t been brought in to turn Liverpool into the new Stoke City, bombarding opponents with long throws like Rory Delap did.

Instead, there are other ways Gronnemark can help Liverpool.

“At the top of the league, it can help with a more fluent style of play. No matter what position in the league, throw-ins are an advantage,” Gronnemark said.

“I focus on everything you can imagine. It is not just the technique of the throw, but how to receive it, how to make the right runs, the positioning, creating space.

“If Liverpool score a goal or two from long throws that would be perfect for me,” said Gronnemark.” But even more so if it comes as a result of a fast throw or clever throw.”

As Lineker suggested, Liverpool could score a title-winning goal from a quick – or long – throw.

Andy Gray won’t be mocking them then…