By Keith Hackett

14th Jun, 2022 | 11:37am

Ex-Premier League referee: Trent Alexander-Arnold's 'illegal' Liverpool weapon may be stamped out after confirmed news

Keith Hackett has called for kick-ins to replace throw-ins on an experimental basis – and it could majorly affect Liverpool.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee claimed teams use throw-ins as a time-wasting device and are guilty of foul throws that go unpunished.

BBC Sport reported on Monday (13 June) that the International Football Association Board had discussed the proposal at their annual general meeting but no plans for a trial have been formalised.

According to footystats, Liverpool averaged 20.52 throw-ins per game in the 2021-22 campaign – amongst the highest in the Premier League.

They even employ a specialist throw-in coach in Thomas Gronnemark and Trent Alexander-Arnold’s throw-ins have evolved into a real weapon.

The Athletic reported last month (16 May) that the 23-year-old is “hurling” the ball in with just one hand firmly on the ball.

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“It will add to the game rather than detract from it,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“If we are trying to speed up the game then we see a lot of lost time in relation to throw-ins, gathering the ball. What we are seeing is the law being broken, technically and the punishment not coming in.

“The player that wanders down the line then throws the ball a good distance from where it went out. Referees, when they blow it up and say ‘I want it taken in the original position’ or they give it the opposition are called pedantic.

“Then you’re getting the one-handed throws that are becoming more frequent. You get these guys that ping it into the penalty area with an illegal throw, in terms of the laws of the game.

“I think give it a go. They want to experiment with it.

“Arsene Wenger is the type of guy, in his position as technical director, with his ideas and knowledge of refereeing is likely to draw these changes into the game.”

In other news, there has been a “huge” update on Aston Villa’s bid to sign a Liverpool star.