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Liverpool throw-in coach Gronnemark responds to Gray mocking

Liverpool's new throw-in coach Thomas Gronnemark has shrugged off a dig from Everton legend Andy Gray.

The Reds hired the Dane to specifically help the squad improve their football from the touchline.

Gray's response was: “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!"

Gronnemark told Training Ground Guru: “I have no problem with what he [Andy Gray] said, because everyone is entitled to their opinion and debate is good but perhaps he could be a little more curious.

“On average, there are 40 to 50 throw ins per game. In fact when Liverpool played Brighton on Saturday, they had 54. That's about 12 minutes per game taken up by throw-ins and situations arising from them.

“On average, they lose the ball more than half the time from under-pressure throw-ins, when their team-mates are closely marked.

“Have you noticed that the commentators never mention a bad throw-in during a game? I think it's because there are so many and their expectations are very low. It becomes so they barely notice."

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